The Saints Row IV classification drama has been long and overdrawn but late last week it was announced that a modified version of the game would be made available in Australia. In a post on the game’s official Facebook page the precise changes have been outlined, and it has been confirmed that the Saints Row IV’s co-op mode will be incompatible with copies of the game bought overseas.
“For this version, we had to cut one optional Loyalty Mission from the game,” reads the statement. “Loyalty Missions are optional side missions that you can do with your homies. This mission in particular involves alien narcotics in the simulation, which eventually have a positive effect in terms of gameplay. As you cannnot depict any positive effect for using narcotics in video games in Australia, this was the reason the game was refused a classification.
“While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row IV on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia. Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.”
Not a massive issue, given that most tend to play co-op with people on their friends list, but worth noting nonetheless.