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Remember how Saints Row IV wouldn’t pass Australian adult rating without alterations? Apparently, Volition’s answer to the problem was to remove a few hours of gameplay. At least Australian get to play the game.

John Heatz

Some time ago, the Australian Rating Board banned Saints Row IV due to some violations to Australia’s Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games. Well, just recently, Volition was able to get the approval for an Australian version of the game, by making an edited version, removing one quest that supposedly doesn’t change too much the game from the original version, it just removes a couple of hours from the total gameplay.

image_304556_16x9_620Well, according to a post from them Australian players won’t be able to enjoy the co-op features of the game with their friends that are using the international version of the game.

“While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row IV on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia, due to…

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Saints Row 4 won’t be permitted publication in Australia. At least not without alterations.


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!