Not too long after the original version of Saints Row IV‘s classification refusal appeal was denied, it seemed logical that the next step was to submit the edited build that was recently shown at PAX Australia. And sure enough, distributor All Interactive Entertainment did just that, today announcing the end of this long saga. Saints Row IV will finally be released in Australia…under an edited MA15+ rating
For those who weren’t able to check out the build at PAX Australia, the core differences between that and the original version were the removal of the Anal Probe gun (which helped to get it RC’d in the first place), as well as some language referencing drug use. What we know about the version that will be available here is that it removes one of the games loyalty missions, which included the use of alien narcotics to obtain specific (and unnamed) superpowers. If you recall, that was covered in the initial report, and represents about 20 minutes from the game. As for the Anal Probe weapon, it will still be available, just not in the main game as an earned item. You’ll have to pay to unlock this weapon as DLC.
So, that puts an end to that I suppose. It’s great to hear that the game is finally coming out here, in what looks like a relatively seamless fashion. However, if you absolutely must have the “complete” game, rest assured there are plenty of legitimate ways for you to also obtain that same experience.
[Update] Saints Row IV publisher Deep Silver provided 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.”