Saints Row IV was recently denied a certificate in Australia, a territory where they have only just got an ‘adult’ rating in their approvals board. Saints Row IV is thus beyond adult. It’s worse than adult. It’s OBSCENE. It’s also got an alien anal probe weapon. The two things are related.
“The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an “Alien Anal Probe”,” says the official rating release [via]. Don’t do anywhere – it gets better. “The Applicant states that this weapon can be ‘shoved into enemy’s backsides’.”
“The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air.”
“After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians.”
The board says that “a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context” and has refused classification because of it.
Sounds like a simple fix. Teffers didn’t find the aforementioned weapon in his playtest, but if it remains in the final game we’ll hunt it out. For research.