Saints Row IV To Sell in NZ, Deep Silver Editing AU Version
Earlier this week, we reported that Saints Row IV had been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board. Today, New Zealand site Stuff reports that New Zealanders will be able to buy the uncut version of the game.
While New Zealander game releases have sometimes been effected by decisions by the Australian Classification Board, it appears that this time they’ve gotten lucky.
Deep Silver, the publishers of Saints Row IV have also stated that they’re working on editing their game so that it can recieve a rating from the Australian Classification Board. According to a statement by the Board, there were two major issues with the game.
One of the weapons included in Saints Row IV involves an “Alien Anal Probe,” which is intended to “penetrate the victim’s anus.” This is in violation of the Australian Classification laws against the depiction of “implied sexual violence.”
The board also raised issue with the “alien narcotics” featured in the game. Unlocked through conversations with “dealers,” these narcotics lead to the player gaining super powers, an example of incentives related to drugs. Due to the “insufficient delineation” between these narcotics and real world drugs, the board has decided to bar Saints Row IV.
It’s likely that the Alien Anal Probe will merely be removed, but superpowers have been a large selling point of the game, making it more difficult for the developers to simply edit them away.