After being refused classification, then re-submitted to the Review Board, the Classification Board has reached a final verdict on the local fate of Saints Row 4.
As put by the CEO of IGEA, Ron Curry:
And in the words of the Classification Board:
In the Review Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.
The original classification was put in place both because of an “alien anal probe” – a weapon that the Board deemed too close to sexual assault – and drugs with positive effects, which are a major stickler for many ratings systems around the world. Being rewarding for drug use was always the more likely of the two to cause a RC rating (and a more easily defined, black & white rule), and judging by the above quote, it looks like that’s the main point the Review Board took issue with.
There is also a “safe” version of Saints Row 4 being submitted, after Deep Silver said they were “reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence”. It now looks as though that’s the only way Australians will be able to play the game, barring extralegal means.
The full statement is available on the Classification Board website.