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Saints Row 4 modified, rated MA 15+ for Australian release

Friday, 2nd August 2013 06:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In a surprise twist to ongoing classification dramas, Saints Row 4 has received an MA15+ rating for Australian release and the Rectifier Probe is coming down under.

Although the result is yet to appear on the Classification Board website, local distributor AIE Interactive sent a press release announcing a modified version of the Volition Inc game has won an MA15+ rating, after the original game was twice refused classification.

AIE said the local version is “slightly modified” and is different from the international release “only insofar as a single short optional mission has been removed in order to comply with Australian legislation”.

As many commenters expected, it was the game’s controversial depiction of illicit substances that was the real sticking point.

“[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,” AIE said.

“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.”

Publisher Deep Silver went into further detail in an additional statement, noting that the sequence in question is a loyalty mission featuring Shaundi, in which the player uses alien narcotisc to obtain superpowers.

“This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers,” Deep Silver said.

“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.

“The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.”

Saints Row 4 launches in Australia from August 22, for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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7 Comments

  1. Jerykk

    “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.”

    If the mission is fun, I’m pretty sure its absence will detract from the game experience.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. cw5th

    Oh boy… that’s so unreal to me. R18+ seems to be a joke.

    Even the german version is 100% uncut this time around.(for the first time) But the german USK-model is still painfull and hard to understand. Dead Rising Games, Dead Island Games, etc. are banned(some even prohibited to buy/sell(Manhunt, etc.) but if you own them you’re good(nobody’s gonna take them) and Games like GTA IV, God of War 3, THe LAst of Us, etc. are 100% uncut just like in the rest of europe(world).

    Those classification agencies are a relic of the late 80s/early 90s in my worldview. The european union has laws that allows 18+ year old europeans to buy/sell within the union what games they want. Somebody could/should sue the german govnerment under european law for the f…ing double standard they’re enforcing with their own rating bullshit. Peggy for eveyone and no more handholding from the individual states. But as england tries to enforce a ban on porn(and other stuff(read about it!!!)) it’s just a matter of time before the games are the next thing on their agenda.

    These old politicans need to resign as soon as possible(all around the world) and make space for the “under 40″ year olds. It will happen and every passing year will get us closer to a better future in this particular case. This whole mess is far from over…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. expose the core

    The games industry collectively should sue the Australian, and German governments for having a different standard when it comes to rating movies, and games. There is no proof that violent games are any more likely to affect anyone negatively than any other violent media. So they should be rated the same way as movies. Or the major publisher should threaten to withdraw all their products from Australian, and German markets.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. GameSource.IR

    O_o

    #4 1 year ago
  5. silkvg247

    So obvious question – what’s the 18 rating for?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. spazman

    I think aus should replace their current system with a shit game classification rating. Depending on how shit the game is will result in it being allowed for sale or not. So SR, (I can’t be bothered to put all that effort in to at least keep GTA honest, so instead I’ll chuck in some floppy plastic dicks) would be therefore rated as SHIT! Which in turn would certainly help clarify whether or not Aussies are being unfairly censored or in fact spared a great deal of discomfort and financial pain.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. NeoSquall

    @5 Maybe extreme, “serious” violence and/or mutilations?
    Dunno, the Aussies’ view about games appears to still be a mistery to the rest of the world…

    #7 1 year ago

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