Saints Row 4 anal probe ban to be reconsidered by Australian Classification Review Board

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Saints Row 4 is out now; here’s our Saints Row 4 review.

The Australian Classification Board’s reputation for prudeness precedes it, throwing coats over rudely-shaped puddles and covering any exposed ankles that might offend its view. But when the board took issue with Saints Row 4’s “visual depiction of implied sexual violence”, it seemed like they might be onto something.

Nevertheless, the Aussie authorities have obliged an application to review their decision to refuse classification. The Review Board will meet on Monday July 29 to reconsider Volition’s non-consensual (are they ever?) anal probings.

The Classification Review Board is a different and independent body to that which first refused to classify Saints Row 4on June 19. Any decision it makes will take the place of the original ban.

The offending probe is, in the careful words of Deep Silver and Volition, a weapon designed to be “shoved into enemy’s backsides”. Players will grab the hilt and insert the “prong-like appendages” of its central(!) dildo into the rear end of an unsuspecting victim. They’ll then lift them into the air and pull the trigger, punting that poor NPC into the middle-distance.

“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 Australian board reluctantly wrote at the time.

“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.”

The board also had a problem with the “alien narcotics” used to boost the player character’s abilities during one mission. Presumably they’d be happier with a frame-rate limiting K-hole or somesuch.

Last we heard, Volition were busy reconfiguring their game for Australian release. Who knows which version will make its August 23 international release?