Saints Row 4 has been denied a rating by the Australian Classification Board, effectively banning the upcoming game.
Acting director of the Board Donald McDonald made the announcement today, making Saints Row 4 it the first videogame in Australia country to be refused classification since the introduction of an R18+ rating.
After reviewing the request in May the board concluded that the title "includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context."
Use of "illicit or proscribed drug use" as incentives in the game which is prohibited by the boards guidelines.
Austrialia added an R18+ classification back in January, after years of games having to be toned down to fit Australia's MA15+ rating.
Games denied classification previously could resubmit to the Board. whereas now it seems they don't have that option.
Popular titles like GTA 3, Left 4 Dead 2 and The Witcher 2 all were censored for Australian release.
Volition Inc's Saints Row 4 is set for release in August in North America for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, and Australian gamers will now have to contact their favourite importer for a taste.
Saints Row 4 is the follow-up to Saints Row: The Third, a 2011 open world GTA-style that proved hugely successful, selling over 4 million copies.
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