After being refused classification and losing an appeal on the first submission, Saint's Row IV has finally managed to secure a rating in Australia by the Australian Classification Board. After a modified version of the game was resubmitted, the Australian Classification Board classified the game as MA15+. At issue was a mission that contained the use of "alien narcotics" which improved the super powers of players for a limited time within the game. Publisher Deep Silver and developer Volition decided to remove the mission from the game.
The anal probe weapon, which was highlighted as an issue within the game by Australian Classification Board, will be part of a Season Pass DLC package to be released at a later date.
"To achieve this rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed," reads a statement provided by publisher Deep Silver. "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 statement continued.
"The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended," Deep silver continued in its statement. "Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter."
Source: IGN by way of Andrew Eisen.