Sorry, Aussies! You won’t be getting the same Saints Row goodness the rest of the world will see. Australia’s newly revamped Government Classification ratings system, which now allows for adult rated “18+” videogames, has issued a Refused Classification rating for Volition’s upcoming Saints Row sequel. Being refused means that the title cannot be sold in the country. GamesIndustry International reports that the ratings board objected to the moral content of the game.
“Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.”
Volition and publisher Deep Silver said they are reworking elements of the game for resubmission to the board. Saints Row: The Third was given a MA 15+ rating under the old system.