The Australian Classification Board reaffirmed the ban on Saints Row 4
, a three-person panel unanimously refusing the game classification in its re-review of the original decision. Drugs were again the cause of consternation for the ACB, who said Volition's over-the-top sandbox game couldn't attain the recently introduced R18+ rating and as such be sold in the country because "drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted."
Saints Row 4
is expected to launch in Australia on August 23, the Steam page listing a "Low Violence"
version; publisher Deep Silver told us in June it had plans to submit a reworked version of the game for the territory. The decision passed today, the ACB clarified
, is on the "unedited" version of the game. We've reached out to Deep Silver for comment.
On January 1
, Australia passed the much-lobbied-for law permitting games for audiences over the age of 15 to be bought in the country, these games carrying a R18+ rating. Many games have since earned the rating, including Ninja Gaiden 3
and Dead Island: Riptide
, but in June Saints Row 4
became the first game to be refused classification since the law's introduction. It was soon followed by XBLA hit State of Decay
, although unlike Saints Row 4
that game has since been rated R18+.