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‘Saints Row IV’ Co-Op in Australian Editon Will Not Work With Other Editions


Australians who purchase the modified Australian version of Saints Row IV will not be able to play online multiplayer with others versions from around the world.

These details were confirmed through the Saints Row IV Facebook Page. Due to the Australian edition omitting certain loyalty missions that awarded players with alien narcotics in order for the game to be classified, the edition is now unable to work with the other editions available.

“For this [Australian] version,” the post states, “we had to cut one optional Loyalty Mission from the game. Loyalty Missions are optional side missions that you can do with your homies. This mission in particular involves alien narcotics in the simulation, which eventually have a positive effect in terms of gameplay. As you cannot depict any positive effect for using narcotics in video games in Australia, this was the reason the game was refused a classification.

While we are very proud of all our different missions, we do feel that Saints Row IV on the whole remains largely the same without this single optional mission, and we also feel that you deserve to know what you are getting in Australia. Due to the changes we were forced to make, this version is different than the version rated by rating boards like the ESRB, USK, and PEGI, which is why it will be incompatible with those versions in co-op.”


It’s interesting to note New Zealand will in-fact receive an unedited edition of the game, meaning this issue will not affect the version released.

If you were an Australian looking forward to online multiplayer chaos with an overseas friends, it seems you’re out of luck. However online multiplayer amongst Australian players will still be available.

Saints Row IV will release August 20 in the United State and August 23 in both Europe and ANZ. It will release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Jamie Briggs manages Analog Addiction and you can like them on Facebook, follow his daily life on Twitter @JamieAA, his personal blog and his videos on YouTube.

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