Count this as a headline I never thought I’d have to write again, but Saints Row IV has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board.
“The Acting Director of the Classification Board, Mr Donald McDonald announced today that Saints Row IV was the first computer game in Australia to be Refused Classification under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on 1 January 2013,” read a statement posted on the Classification Board’s website.
According to the board, the rating was a result of sexual violence.
“In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context,” a press release explained. “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.”
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think we would ever be in this position again. Despite Australia being in possession of a full R18+ rating a game that will be available in other territories will not be available in Australia.
We’ve gotten in contact with the local Australian representatives for Saints Row IV and will update when we learn more.
UPDATE: Head here for the iGEA’s response.