Jun 25, 2013

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Saints Row 4 Refused Classification In Australia

Saints Row 4 Refused Classification In Australia

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It appears that even though Australia introduced the R18+ rating at the beginning at the of the year, they decided to make Volition’s Saints Row 4 the first title to be refused the age classification. The ACB released a statement that classified the upcoming title as “RC” or Refused Classification in accordance to the new guidelines. If you have seen the latest trailer, it’s somewhat understandable to see why they might feel the need to refuse classifying it due to “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence” as well as “elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards.”

However, Volition is hoping to rework the content for the country in hopes of having it classified. Deep Silver, the publisher for Saints Row 4, sent this comment to Joystiq:

“Deep Silver can confirm that Saints Row IV was denied an age classification in Australia. Volition, the developer, are reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love. Saints Row IV has been awarded PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings where fans can enjoy their time in Steelport as originally intended.”

Interesting note is that while this is the first title to be refused classification, the ACB has classified 17 titles with the R18+ rating including Dead Island Riptide and Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition.

[Source: ACB via Joystiq]