Is a “low violence” version of Saints Row 4 headed to Australia?
Hey, so remember that whole “Saints Row 4 is banned in Australia” thing? If the game’s Australian Steam page is to be believed, the game might be headed to the land down under after all. In a slightly altered form. Read on for the details.
You may recall that a week ago, Saints Row 4 was refused classification by Australia’s Classification Board, effectively barring the game from being sold in the country. It cited “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context” and “elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards” as reasons for the refusal.
According to Kotaku Australia, Volition might already be working on a solution. A new version of the game, entitled the “low violence version,” is now listed on the game’s Australian Steam page, and is available for pre-order. This might indicate that Volition has removed the offending content, and is preparing to resubmit Saints Row 4 for classification. If they are, though, they aren’t talking. Deep Silver, the game’s publisher, had no comment.
You have to wonder what a “low violence” version of Saints Row 4 would be like. Not everything in a Saints Row game involves violence, you know. There’s the character creator, and… the end credits. Oh, and base jumping. Base jumping isn’t violent… unless you land on someone.
Anyway, we’ll keep you updated as this story gets stranger and stranger.