Sorry, Australians. Even though we had good news about Saints Row IV finally being approved for release Down Under, you won’t be playing Saints Row IV with friends outside of your region. Volition and publisher Deep Silver broke the bad news on the official Facebook page.
“Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.”
The publisher’s statement also clarified that the Rectifier alien anal probe weapon is a bonus item in the Saints Row IV Season Pass and they aren’t yet sure if they can include it in Australia’s version of the DLC. The Rectifier was one of the objections mentioned in the original Classification Board’s rejection of the game.
Coincidentally, it’s been confirmed that the EU version of The Last of Us has partially censored multiplayer. In a long thread on the official PlayStation forum, perplexed European players noted differences between EU and NA versions of the game which included the EU version having notably less gore. In an email response to one person, a Naughty Dog representative acknowledged the censored material.
“The gore and violence ratings are subject to local regulatory boards in various countries, so the game must be slightly changed in order to accomodate those choices.”
Take heart! Singleplayer violence remains unchanged between the different versions of The Last of Us.