Deep Silver have confirmed Saints Row IV has been approved for sale on the Australian market, coming in as MA15+.
All Interactive Entertainment, Saints Row IV official distributor in AUstralia along with Deep Silver issued the following statement:
“Deep Silver and AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row IV for sale. They have granted the game an MA15+ rating. To achieve this 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.”
After failing the Australian Classification Board on two occasions due to a questionable ‘probe’ device, the publisher have removed an optional mission featuring “virtual alien narcotics” which provided a superpower temporary buff in game. The mission is the only content removed from the global version, and those keen to try out the Rectifier Probe weapon may still get a chance as the weapon could be available as part of the Season Pass DLC package, as has always been intended both for Australia and the rest of the world.
Saints Row IV will be available to enjoy in Australia from August 22nd, 2013 so it might be a good idea to uncancel those pre-orders and strap it on!