Saints Row 4 has had a rough time of it, for a long time it may have not even been sold in Australia, being banned not once, but twice. But things may have changed.
Deep Silver has submitted a “slightly modified” version of the game to the Australian Classification Board and according to local distributor, AIE Interactive, has been awarded an MA15+ rating, which means it will be available in Aus.
AIE says that the differences are:
“…only insofar as a single short optional mission has been removed in order to comply with Australian legislation… the offending section, which contained drug use related to incentives and rewards…”
AIE also said that:
“[The modified] mission has been the subject of much discussion recently for featuring the use of virtual alien narcotics by the player character, which could potentially improve certain superpowers temporarily within the game.”
There was another section of the game which was causing issues too–an alien rectal probe. Which is allowed to free flow into Australia.
“The Rectifier Probe weapon, which has also been part of the discussion, is still due to be released as part of the Season Pass DLC package, as has always been intended both for Australia and the rest of the world.”
Which means it is probably part of the Enter The Dominatix DLC.
Deep Silver announced during a statement that the content which was removed was a loyalty mission featuring Shaundi. They also said,
“This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers. The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row 4 experience.”
What do you think of this news? Aussies, are you still angry at your Classification Board? Do you think with the R18+ getting passed, this game should have been allowed? I do. Well, at least this is good news for Australia and Saints Row 4–they are finally starting to get along.