You may recall that way back in June that Saints Row IV was officially the first game to be refused classification under the new ratings system in Australia. The Classification Board rejected the game (effectively issuing a ban on the sale of it in the region) because it contained content that the board felt was above and beyond the highest rating a game can get in the country – R18+.
Well it looks like the game will be resubmitted for review next week (Thanks to Cheater87 for the tip). We are assuming that the over-the-top action game has been modified specially for the Australian market to remove the things the board found offensive. Publisher Deep Silver will re-submit the game on July 29. This comes after the release of a "low violence" version of the game that was released on Steam specifically for Australian gamers. We assume the resubmitted version of the game will be censored along the same lines.
The game was refused classification for a weapon called the "Alien Anal Probe" and for interactive drug use. Here is what the Board said about the weapon at the time of its ruling:
"The game includes a weapon referred to by the applicant as an 'Alien Anal Probe'. The applicant states that this weapon can be 'shoved into enemy's backsides'. When using this weapon, the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim's legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air."
The board ultimately ruled that a "weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context."
The use of drugs was also highlighted in the report: "Smoking the 'alien narcotics' equips the player with 'superpowers', which increase their in-game abilities, allowing them to progress through the mission more easily. During the mission, onscreen prompts guide the player to 'Go to deal location' and 'Get drugs.'"
We will have more on this story as it develops.