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After a tumultuous few weeks, controversial game Saints Row 4 has finally been accepted for release in Australia, although we'll be getting a modified version.

The game's local distributor All Interactive Entertainment today confirmed that Saints Row 4 has now been classified MA15+, after twice being Refused Classification by Australia's Classification Board.

The MA15+ version of the game will have an optional drug-themed side mission taken out to comply with Australian legislation, and the "anal probe weapon" will also be removed.

EB Games confirmed on Twitter that "99% of the game remains intact."

The game's developer Deep Silver said the side mission contains "approximately 20 minutes of gameplay", and involves using "alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers".

The Classification Review Board said the unedited game included an "insufficient delineation between the 'alien narcotic' available in the game and real-world proscribed drugs. The board notes that the label 'narcotics' is commonly assigned to describe a class of real-world drugs that include such proscribed substances as cocaine and heroin…this game therefore contains drug use related to incentives and rewards, and should be refused classification."

While Australia seemingly now won't be getting that mission at all, an AIE representative told gaming news website GameSpot that the "anal probe weapon" will be offered as part of a future DLC pack.

The news comes as GTA V has similarly been granted access down under, but that game will be released in its full unedited glory.

Saints Row 4 will finally be released in Australia on 22 August.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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