Saints Row IV has once again been given the pre-emptive boot from the ratings board in Australia.
After initially failing to attain classification due to things like an “alien anal probe,” Volition and Deep Silver took to reworking the game to be sold in Australia. They submitted their second effort and were promptly denied.
Why? Here’s a quote from the official media release from the Australian ratings 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.
It’s not a particularly disturbing weapon or scenario that’s keeping Saints Row IV out of Australia, it’s the use of drugs and related incentives that’s doing it. According to that same release, a game without a rating is a game that can’t be sold.
Computer games classified RC cannot be sold, hired, demonstrated or advertised in Australia.
Effectively, Saints Row IV has officially been banned in Australia. Sorry, folks. That stinks.
Saints Row IV will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms on Aug. 20 in North America and Aug. 23 in Europe. Here’s hoping the developers can tweak the game just a little more so that Australian fans can give it a legal go.