What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, we reported that Saints Row IV had been denied a rating from the Australian Classification Board for the second time. Take heart Saints! The board has finally approved the game for release in Australia following Volition’s edits to the game. Saints Row IV will have a “MA15+” rating when it hits the shelves for Aussie gamers albeit in an edited form. Publisher Deep Silver clarified what was cut from the game to pass muster.
“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 alien Rectifier anal probe weapon was also removed from the game, based on the objections of the board when Saints Row IV was first submitted for approval, but will be available to Australian players as part of optional add-on content.