Saints Row 4 Refused Classification in Australia Over Alien Probe
Australia hasn’t been known for being the most lenient when it comes to its game rating system, but there has been a bit of forward progress as of late. That didn’t stop the Australian Classification Board from refusing to classify Saints Row 4 on account of some of the game’s more eccentric weaponry.
According to Kotaku, all the hub-bub stems from a little old genre trope known as the alien anal probe. “In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification,” said the ACB’s report.
While it could be seen as overreacting, the ACB is technically correct in that an anal probe serves one purpose, and they board is clearly not okay with the idea of simulated sexual assault, regardless of Volition’s intentions. Australian gamers shouldn’t fret too much though, as Volition is reportedly working to make the proper adjustments.
“Volition, the developer, reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love,” a Deep Silver representative told Polygon in a statement.
There’s plenty of time between now and SR4′s Aug. 20 release date to get the fix in, so there might not even be a delay in the release for the Aussie audience. Still, it’s a shame they’ll be missing out on some of the series’ trademark ridiculousness.