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Saints Row 4 banned in Australia, Volition removing offending content

Becomes the first game to be refused classification under new ratings guidelines

Saints Row 4 has been banned from release in Australia in its current form, but publisher Deep Silver has told us developer Volition is reworking some of the code in a bid to create a version of the game which can be released in the country.

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The game is the first title to be denied a rating in Australia under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that came into effect on January 1 2013. Prior to then, Australia did not have an adult category for computer games.

Australia's Classification Board said in a statement: "In the Board's opinion, Saints Row IV includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context.

"In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines."

Classification Board acting director Donald McDonald added: "Apart from today's decision, since the beginning of the year, the Board has classified 17 games R 18+ under the new guidelines."

Deep Silver told us in a statement this morning: "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."

Earlier this month, the publisher announced a Saints Row 4 Collector's Edition ahead of the Saints Row 4 release date of August 20 in North America and August 23 in Europe.

Get our impressions of the game in this Saints Row 4 preview published in March.

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