Saints Row 4 Finally Rated In Australia, Alien Space Drugs Removed

After denying the game classification twice, The Australian Classification Board has finally granted Saints Row 4 a classification, rating it at MA15+. The game has been tweaked, but not for the reasons you might expect.

Apparently it wasn’t the inclusion of an anal probe that got the game in hot water, but rather alien space drugs. Deep Silver confirmed the news with Joystiq, stating that the game has been tweaked to remove alien narcotics to obtain superpowers along with an associated Loyalty Mission with one of the game’s characters, Shaundi.

To achieve this [MA15+] rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed. This mission has been widely reported on and contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers. This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers. The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience.

Contrary to expectations, the alien anal probe, known as the “rectifier” will still be available in the game as a part of a DLC package. Weird.

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5 Comments on Saints Row 4 Finally Rated In Australia, Alien Space Drugs Removed

Adam Sklar

On August 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Anal probing? No problem.

SPACE DRUGS? HELL NO.

Jeez

On August 5, 2013 at 1:52 am

So they allow a game that totally desensitises violence in the most fraternal, gratuitous way imaginable, but only if they remove something that’s obviously completely fictional. Kind of like Republicans banning abortion and child control but waging wars and executing teenagers.

Get your priorities sorted Australia, you’re a mess right now.

Kyle

On August 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

What I really am curious about is, will this side mission at least be available as DLC for Australian release? I pre-ordered it and I really want to know if nothing is cut out for that version. I hope not.

Spotto

On August 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

They can explain it away all they want, all I see is me having to pay more then american’s for a game that now has less to meet an MA15 rating which is ridiculous now that we have R18.
I don’t see the problem with the alien drugs anyway, I bet if they’d call them ‘Alien Boosters’ they would raise an eye.
There are plenty of game where substance abuse is used to gain superpowers or enhance existing skills.
Such as Bioshock with eve or Fallout with Jets and Med-ex. And those are only the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Sam

On August 20, 2013 at 2:08 am

I was at my local Eb games today, and I asked about the date its coming out cause I was confused. They said its been pushed back to September 12 and has been given an R18+ rating..