The Australian Classification Board (ACB) has reaffirmed its denial of Volition’s Saints Row 4 game. The three-person panel unanimously voted to ban the game in its current form from being sold in Australia, citing drugs and “sexual violence” as reasons for its censure. The game was first denied classification back in June but now the verdict has been reaffirmed by the ACB.
“Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted,” writes the ACB. The R18+ classified was first introduced in Australia at the beginning of the year, allowing games to be sold that were targeted toward audiences 15 years old and up. Saints Row 4 is the first game to be denied classification since the introduction of the new R18+ rating.
Still, Volition hopes to bring the game to Australia by its August 23rd release date with a “Low Violence” version, which is currently listed on the Australian Steam page for Saints Row 4. The reworked game will likely leave gamers dissatisfied as violence, sex, and drugs are all part of the humor that make the Saints Row franchise great.