This morning, the Australian Classification Board dropped the dreaded Refused Classification on Saints Row IV. This makes Saints Row IV the first ‘RC’ decision handed down since the ACB instated the R18+ classification for games earlier this year. With the current ‘RC’ ruling, Saints Row IV can not be legally sold in the region. The ACB has ruled that the current version of Saints Row IV contains too much sexual violence and drug use as per their new guidelines.
The ACB clarified their decision in a statement reading:
“In the Board’s opinion, 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.”
Publisher Deep Silver has stated that the game’s developers, Volition, are reworking the game in an effort to regain a workable classification of R18+ in the region.
Saints Row IV was slated to release in Australia on August 22nd, 2013. Whether this ruling will delay that release has yet to be seen. The Saints will still take office in their NA release on August 20th and the EU release on August 23rd as scheduled.