Saints Row IV has received an MA15+ rating in Australia. All Interactive Entertainment announced the news today, August 2, saying that the game “has been classified by the Australian Classification Board as MA 15+.”
The Australian version of Saints Row IV will only differ to the worldwide release in that it will has one less playable side mission. The side mission that had to be removed involved the use of virtual alien narcotics by the player, which could potentially improve certain superpowers temporarily within the game. The game was originally refused classification (twice) because of drug use which gives the player an incentive or gameplay benefits.
However, the anal probe weapon in question will still be available. Known as the Rectifier Probe, the weapon will be available, as planned, as part of the Season Pass DLC.
Deep Silver, publisher of Saints Row IV has provided the following statement:
“To achieve [an MA15+] rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed. This mission has been widely reported on and contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers. This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers.”
“The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience. The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.”
Saints Row IV will be available in Australia from August 22nd and August 20 in North America.