Publisher Deep Silver have officially commented on the news that Saints Row IV has been banned in Australia, confirming that Volition are hard at work on a version of the game that will adhere to that country's strict classification requirements.
Deep Silver can confirm that Saints Row IV was denied an age classification in Australia. Volition, the developer, are reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love. Saints Row IV has been awarded PEGI 18 and ESRB M ratings where fans can enjoy their time in Steelport as originally intended.
At this stage, it's not clear which version of the game will be released in New Zealand; distribution for the title is handled by a company that is based in Australia but has a separate office on this side of the Tasman.
The game has been rated R18 by The New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification in its original form, meaning that it would be legal to sell (and own) that version of the game in this country.
We've requested confirmation as to which variant of the game will be available at retail here when the game releases on August 22nd, and we'll bring that information to your attention as soon as they respond.
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