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Australian edition of Saints Row IV gets MA15+ rating

The edited version of the troubled game has passed the Classification Board, garnering an MA15+ rating.

The so-called Australian edition of Saints Row IV has been approved for release by the Australian Classification Board, earning an MA15+ rating, according to local distributor All Interactive Entertainment.

(Credit: Volition/Deep Silver)

The edited version removed the mission where the alien narcotics appeared, although the alien anal probe gun, known as the "Rectifier", will still be included in the Season Pass downloadable content package.

Publisher Deep Silver issued the following media statement:

Deep Silver and AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row IV for sale. They have granted the game an MA15+ rating. To achieve this 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. The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.

The game will be on sale in Australia on 22 August.