After being refused an Australian release twice due to some of its more risqué content, Saints Row 4 has finally removed enough content to satisfy the Australian Classification Board and it will get a release in the country. All it took to get the seal of approval was the removal of a specific side-mission (described as a “loyalty mission”) with the well-known Saints Row character, Shaundi. In the mission, the player would smoke what is described as “alien narcotics” to gain superpowers. It was this drugs reference that earned the game a ban in Australia.
However, that mission is no longer there and the game will see a release in Australia. Deep Silver spoke about the Australian Classification Board’s decision yesterday:
“Deep Silver and [Australian distributor] AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row 4 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.”
Deep Silver also moved to assure gamers that the removal of this mission would not have any sort of negative impact on the game’s story, which is good news. It took a little longer than would have been preferable but at least the game is seeing a release without too much content missing. Are you looking forward to Saints Row 4? Do you prefer it to the Grand Theft Auto series? Please let us know in the comments below.