Saints Row IV to be released in Australia September 12

New Australian release date confirmed for Saints Row IV; game originally scheduled for August 22 release.

Australian distributor All Interactive Entertainment (AIE) today confirmed the new release date for upcoming open-world action game Saints Row IV. Originally scheduled for release on August 22, the game will be available from September 12 for the PC and Xbox 360 and September 19 for the PlayStation 3.

Customers who pre-order Saints Row IV at Australian retailers and pick up the game within 48 hours of its launch will receive a free Presidential Pack DLC code, as a "thank you to fans for their patience".

The Presidential Pack DLC contains aesthetic customisations for the president of the United States, enabling players to dress him as former American leaders.

Saints Row IV was refused classification twice by the Australian Classification Board, banning it from sale in the country. The game was initially refused classification for its "implied sexual violence" and use of illicit drugs referred to as "alien narcotics".

Publisher Koch Media launched an appeal on the Australian Classification Board's decision, which upheld the ban on the grounds of in-game drug use.

A modified version of the game with the drug-themed mission taken out was submitted for classification and eventually granted an MA15+ rating.

Saints Row IV launched in North America on August 20. The game was positively received in GameSpot's review, praised for its fun combat abilities and "very funny writing".

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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20 comments
Ayzed
Ayzed

Glad I ordered it from the UK then.. uncut version for me in a week or 2, depending on how long postage takes.

joesguy
joesguy

MA15+??? Um, we have an R18+ rating now for games like this. Or has the government forgotten already?

SweatySasquatch
SweatySasquatch

Saints Row IV to be released in Australia on September 12,,and then banned on September 13th in Australia.


timesplitter82
timesplitter82

I live in australia and i already got my copy of the game but really it's just a game to play while I wait for gta5

GloryThyName
GloryThyName

My mum was part of the review committee that banned the game. 

Dunder_Mifflinz
Dunder_Mifflinz

Well...
It's better late than never!

Although it's now right next to GTA V

Don't know how i'll get time for both :/

Scatterlogical
Scatterlogical

Ahhhh you know what, fuck Deep Silver. I've had it. I pre-ordered SR4, and while I was mildly disappointed about the whole ratings thing, that was not in the devs or publishers hands. But shafting us on a release date just because we're in a different country, they can go bugger themselves. A few days difference is bad enough, but this is ridiculous. They want me to wait, then I'll wait til I can get it really cheap at a Steam sale. I'm cancelling my order and giving my money to another publisher/developer who doesn't discriminate against us like this.

cripgame
cripgame

finally! An update! Well so much for playing this as a distraction while I wait for GTA V. I dunno how much I will play this now, because GTA V will be getting most of my attention, but oh well... I guess this is a lesson learned. I should never have pre-ordered the game... especially so early. Kinda sucks because i got a copy for both me and my friend, but at least one us will get some fun out of it.

It says retail pre-orders come with a bonus DLC... what about steam copies? We really got shafted on this one.


AceBalls
AceBalls

I thought it was banned because of anal probe weapons?

barronator
barronator

they could let us download the goddamned steam one whenever but they rather screw us around

wwefanforlife
wwefanforlife

Blame the awful Australian rating board for rejecting the game in the first place. How can you blame Deep Silver do you honestly think that Deep Silver wanted to release the game a week before GTAV? Hell No Deep Silver are bound to suffer for it. USK in Germany passed the game uncut which is saying something as the USK are usually strict on games. Australia need a better rating system thankfully here in the UK we have PEGI rating our games.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Scatterlogical Dude. Did you consider that having to go back and modify the game for the classification might have something to do with the late release date? =/


flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@AceBalls That was part of the initial reasoning, which was why the weapon was taken out of the base game and turned into DLC. It meant that everybody would get the same game, but people overseas would still be able to get the weapon by paying for it separately.

After they sent it in for classification a second time, it turned out that the fake alien drugs were still too hardcore, so the game had to be edited in the end anyway.

joesguy
joesguy

@gosushi @flammable_zeus @AceBalls That's what the R18+ rating, that was recently introduced, was for I assumed - So kids wouldn't be subjected to it. I guess the board has no faith in its own system.