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….