“Saints Row IV was the first computer game in Australia to be Refused Classification under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on 1 January 2013,” says the press release.
“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 Australian computer games guidelines.
This is the first game to be refused under the new (six month old) guidelines. “Apart from today’s decision, since the beginning of the year, the Board has classified 17 games R 18+ under the new guidelines,” adds the official statement.
Prior to the 1st of January this year, Australia didn’t have an ‘adult’ game category.