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Post by Eorl @ 09:45am 06/08/13 | 13 Comments
Taking to their Facebook page, developer Deep Silver has revealed that the recent Australian classified edition of their upcoming open-world sandbox title Saints Row 4 will not be able to play with international fans in the optional co-op mode.

The restriction comes as a recent ruling by the Classification Board placed the title into the MA15+ rating, however this was done by cutting out the optional Loyalty Mission from the game. This mission in particular involves alien narcotics in the simulation, which eventually have a positive effect in terms of gameplay, something that is not allowed to be displayed within Australia.
While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row IV on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia. Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.
The Facebook post also revealed that the other controversial topic for classification, the "Rectifier" weapon that acted as an anal probe, is still under consideration on whether to be included in the Season Pass for Australian versions.

Those in New Zealand who are concerned they may also be getting a cut version will be happy to know that this isn't the case. Gamers will have access to both international co-op and the Rectifier weapon in the "uncut" version.

Saints Row IV will now launch on scheduled in Australia on August 22nd 2013 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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Posted 09:55am 06/8/13
...waits for gta5 instead.
Posted 09:59am 06/8/13
if i would get this game, just buy european cd key, easy
Posted 12:05pm 06/8/13
Sorry what was the point of the R18+ rating?
Posted 12:27pm 06/8/13
Sorry what was the point of the R18+ rating?

This is where I chime in and say "I told you so..."
Posted 12:28pm 06/8/13
Was going to order this from ozgameshop, but I dunno if they'll have the censored version of the full version (sent them an email to ask, so I'll post back when I find out).

Mighty Ape in NZ has the full uncensored version, but more expensive than Ozgameshop
Posted 01:13pm 06/8/13
Sorry what was the point of the R18+ rating?

Have you ever bothered to read the legislation? I'm going to go out on a limb, because if had you'd already know the answer to this question.
Posted 01:25pm 06/8/13
Saints Row doesn't interest me, GTA5 though, that does.

I really dislike how a game can be banned on something as meh as simulated drug use. Surely by banning it, they bring more attention to the matter and those young, exploring children will think to give this awesome stuff that is too dangerous for computer games a go?
Posted 01:25pm 06/8/13
I reckon this is actually worse news for New Zealanders. Australia is probably going to have a big enough pool of local players in the launch months to support low latency multiplayer as per usual, whereas NZ, with a player-base about 5 times smaller probably wont. Them being unable to connect to Australian players as they usually would for other games, means laggy US and EU games of Saints Row 4 MP for them.
Posted 02:31pm 06/8/13
that's fine, because isn't geoblocking now illegal???

therefore buy it on steam legit, and all is well
Posted 07:10pm 06/8/13
For anyone who's interested, got a reply from Ozgameshop, and they're selling the uncensored version too.
Posted 07:40pm 06/8/13
I can imagine a time when international developers just stop submitting games to our Christian lobby....erm...classification board.
Posted 08:03pm 06/8/13
Ozgameshop is based in the UK, so ofcorse they are going to stock the EU/Internation version. GTA V Ill probably order from JB Hi-Fi or some such.
Posted 08:17pm 06/8/13
Not always, sometimes (I guess cos they sell to Australia as their priority) they stick to the classification rulings. For example, they wouldn't sell Mortal Kombat to people in Australia when it was RC'd here.
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