Australian Classification Board Reaffirms 'Refused Classification' Status for Saints Row 4

July 29, 2013 -

It looks like the unedited version of Saint's Row IV will not manage to get an R18+ rating in Australia. Re-reviewing the original decision, a three-person panel of the Australian Classification Review Board reaffirmed the ban and refused to classify the game. This effectively bans the sale of the game in the region on all platforms.

In its decision, found here, the ACB said in a brief statement that "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."

The game has been designated as "Refused Classification." The release highlights what it means to receive such a designation:

"Computer games classified RC cannot be sold, hired, demonstrated or advertised in Australia."

The game was originally refused classification for a weapon called the "Alien Anal Probe" and for interactive drug use. Publisher Deep Silver will likely submit the edited version that was playable at PAX Australia.

We will have more on this story as it develops....

Source: Joystiq by way of Cheater87


Comments

Re: Australian Classification Board Reaffirms 'Refused ...

So Australia's R18 has more or less become what AO is i nthe United States.

Re: Australian Classification Board Reaffirms 'Refused ...

Yep. Yet again it has to be said that the review guidelines need to be re-written with an adult audience in mind.

Re: Australian Classification Board Reaffirms 'Refused ...

*sigh*

Whats the point of an R18 cert if you are going to ban games for things that pass in movies?

Re: Australian Classification Board Reaffirms 'Refused ...

Its a pretty fake rating IMHO. And a sad irony despite a line in the National Classification Code stating that "adults should be able to read, hear and see what they want",

 
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