As we reported yesterday, Saints Row IV has been effectively banned in Australia following a classification refusal from the country's Classification Board. Now the organisation has revealed the reason behind the decision - an anal probe.
In a rather spectacular statement, the Classification Board explained in great detail how an included 'Alien Anal Probe' was used in the game, highlighting that it was just a bit too risque for adult Australian consumption.
"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," reads the official text. "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.
"In the Board?s opinion, 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 as such the game should be Refused Classification."
It's funny. We'd have thought, with the Australian Classifications Board being all serious about things, its description of Saints Row IV's
Alien Anal Probe would have sucked all the fun out of everything. In fact, the organisation's statement makes it sound even funnier than it probably would have been in game.
Deep Silver has issued a statement revealing that Volition is hard at work tweaking the code specifically for the Aussie audience.