After last week announcing they would review the classification for Saints Row IV, which was refused classification back in June, the Classification Board has stuck to their guns on their decision, announcing today that the game will still be classified as RC.
Further details are not yet known beyond the Board’s brief statement that ‘Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted’.
The game was initially refused classification last month for two reasons: the presence of an anal probe device that was deemed too explicit, and the inclusion of drugs as reward incentives during gameplay. The former was not mentioned in this latest media release.
Will we still see an Australian edition of the game? It’s important to note that this was apparently a review of the original version of the game. Deep Silver has previously stated that they are working on a region-specific version that will cut out the offending content – and as mentioned last week we even played the game at PAX Australia. No further information about this version of the game or its submission to the Classification Board has yet been made, but the optimists might like to keep it in mind going forward.
@Cacotopos This is the review of the original RC classification. No news on the re-submitted (amended) version yet
— Ron Curry (@Ronki) July 29, 2013
Expect updates as further details come to light.