A “Low Violence Version” of Saints Row IV has appeared on Valve’s Steam service. Kotaku reports that this modified version of the game will only be available to Australian customers, but the listing doesn’t note what the difference between the two versions is.
This new version of the game is obviously in response to the Australian Classification Board’s decision to ban the game in Australia. The board said in a statement: “In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context.
“In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.”
Publisher Deep Silver promised that Volition is currently working on amending the game to secure a release in the country, “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 offense without reducing the outlandish gameplay that Saints Row fans know and love.”
Saints Row IV is due to release August 20 in North America and August 23 in Europe for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.