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.

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Chris Wolfe
I am a 26 year old who recently graduated from college. I am an author with one collection of poetry, 'Feltboard Revival', and currently working on three novels in the Young Adult genre. I'm a gamer when the busy times of my life allow for it. I've begun to appreciate video games on a larger scale, looking at them as forms of storytelling and applying new experiences beyond being a simple way to kill time. Growing up, I've flocked towards games with rich stories and complex heroes. Of course the Zelda games are all on that list, as well as most recently, Bioshock Infinite. However, I love games that are daring and a little strange in their mechanics. I've grown to love rogue-like games and indie games that bring back the nostalgia of difficult gameplay but simple mechanics.


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