The Classification Review Board has upheld the Refused Classification rating previously given to Saints Row IV. A three-member panel of the Board announced the unanimous decision this afternoon: “In the Review Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.” Saints Row IV was originally Refused Classification by the Australian Classification Board late last month due to the use of “alien narcotics,” which provided in-game benefits, as well implied sexual violence from the game’s Alien Anal Probe weapon.
Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, clarified on his Twitter account that the Classification Review Board ruled on the original version of the game. Publisher Deep Silver has submitted an edited version of Saints Row IV to Australian classifiers, and a “Low Violence” version of the game has been available for pre-order on Steam since early July.
Neither Deep Silver nor developer Volition have yet commented on the Classification Review Board’s ruling.