Saints Row too druggy for down under!

Posted: 2013/07/29 in Games, Modern gaming
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Saints Row 4 won’t be permitted publication in Australia. At least not without alterations.

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A 3-person re-review panel of the Australian Classification Board refused to lift ban on unaltered SR4.  Non-Australians might not be aware, but since this year, Australia has new ratings that permits games addressed at older audiences than 15 years of age – namely R 18+ ( equivalent to ESRB’s A rating ) and X 18+ ( ESRB’s A rating, with sexual content )

Saints Row IV is the first game to not pass Australia’s R 18+ rating. Because of ( quote ) “drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.

The game is expected to launch in Australia on August 23. Deep Silver stated an reworked, edited version for Australia. Oddly enough,  it is listed in steam as Low Violence. Weird thing is; in America, games are thought of as “too violent” but the concept of Drug Abuse preventing a 18 years or older rating wouldn’t even be considered.

Nevertheless, it must sucks for the Australians: a toned down version of Saints Row IV won’t be the same as a full version for sure!

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