Residents of kangaroo land aren’t going to get the pleasure of playing the newest Saint’s Row as the game has been essentially banned in Australia, becoming the first game to be denied a classification since the country introduced the R18+ rating at the start of 2013.
According the Donald McDonald, the rating board’s acting director, the game was refused the maximum R18+ classification for the following reasons:
In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context,” the statement said. “In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.”
I can’t help wonder what that the R18+ rating is actually for, if not for games like this. Currently games that have been given the R18+ rating include Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel and Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition.
The board’s refusal to classify Saint’s Row IV has essentially banned the game from being sold in the country, although I’ve got no doubt that won’t stop dedicated gamers importing copies.
Saint’s Row IV is due for release on August 22nd this year, on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.