Australian version of Saints Row 4 will not work in co-op with international versions

Saints Row IV

By on August 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Bad news for anybody who was hoping to play through Saints Row 4‘s co-op with a friend from overseas: the edited Australian version is incompatible with overseas versions.

“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,” write Volition on the official Saints Row 4 Facebook page.

“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 still unclear whether or not Australians will get access to the Rectifier anal probe weapon.

“At this point in time we are still awaiting details on whether we can include it in the Season Pass in Australia or not. Of course we would have very much preferred to have been able to offer our Australian community everything as planned, but we also still want to offer the option to get Saints Row IV in their home country; alas without the single side mission.”

New Zealand’s version remains unedited and in-line with the international edition.

Source: Facebook (thanks Palzer0)

20 comments (Leave your own)

Not that I needed any more encouragement at this point between the censorship and the price gouging; but even more of a reason to source yourselves a WW key I guess.


US PSN store without question for me. I always thought I would, and they just kept on putting nails in the coffin to seal the decision.
It just shows what a disgrace our system is that we as adults can’t play the unedited version without being corrupted and having our eyeballs explode and brain implode all at once.


Not that I needed any more encouragement at this point between the censorship and the price gouging; but even more of a reason to source yourselves a WW key I guess.

Indeed. It almost feels like an idiot check when you are being “Australia Taxed” for less features.

Three cheers for digital distribution.


All the more reason not to buy a terrible game from a terrible series. /opinion


Um… as this is a Steam Locked game, I am pretty sure it wont matter where you get it from, it will still get censored due to the way reging works on Steam. At least, that’s what happens in Germany.



Most of the time you get whatever version from which country you paid for. eg, I got the US version of Left 4 Dead 2.



That is TERRIBLY wrong. The key is what determines region, not steam.

You buy from steam AU store, you get AU keys, you buy it from US store you get US Keys, so on and so forth.

So buy it from key websites they are generally Russian/Euro/UK/American keys.

In any case, this is dumb. Once again old conservatives making decisions for the masses because apparently we can’t think for ourselves.


ottomatic: jagji, Most of the time you get whatever version from which country you paid for. eg, I got the US version of Left 4 Dead 2.

This. A good chunk of Aussies with uncut UK/US versions of L4D2 on steam I’d wager.


Not that I needed any more encouragement at this point between the censorship and the price gouging; but even more of a reason to source yourselves a WW key I guess.

world-wide key?
wirate-way key?
wonton-wurfurgle key?

I give up. What’s it mean?!


just to confirm , if my american friend buys this and gifts it to me thru steam, will i have the us version. Only reason i want to play this is for the coop.



Yeah World Wide, alot of the digital distributors/key sites have region free World wide (WW) or Rest Of World (ROW) Keys.



if a U.S friend gifts it to you you get the U.S version



Not talking about getting it gifted. Talking about if you get it imported, and put the key in. What one you get is based of your IP when you do that. Like I said in my first post, I was not completely sure if it works like that in Aus. From what I know, that’s how it works in Germany from what I have heard, but I could be wrong there too.



It depends on the key, not your IP address.

You’re probably confusing Steam with


This game is barely going to be worth all this hassle. With so many quality title coming out and already on my account, I am not going to lose sleep over this…



Correct. I’ve done this countless times in the past.


just download it from you know where


zakynthos: just download it from you know where

I’d rather act within the confines of the Law (No matter how borderline ‘grey’ my methods of acquisition ultimately turn out to be) Rather than punish the developers of the game for a ruling out of their hands that lays on the fault of our antiquated and archaic out-of-touch classification board.

If you want to send a message pen off an email to our board members telling them how and why you imported/vpn’d/got gifted/bought from a key site; and why you feel you as an Adult are more than capable of handling these issues in a form of entertainment media aimed at us adults anyway.

TB pretty much mirrored my sentiments exactly this morning at 15:44 -17:00 (


Classification is mandatory, and films that are rated Refused Classification by the ACB are banned for sale, hire or public exhibition, carrying a maximum fine of $275,000 and/or 10 years jail if an individual/organisation is found to be in breach of this. It is, however, legal to possess RC films and games (except in Western Australia and certain parts of the Northern Territory), unless they contain illegal content (e.g. child pornography).

Source: ACB Wiki

Just be wary if you live in WA or NT importing an RC version.


I’m of the same mind with this game. Not at all interested in this mindless, gratuitously violent trash.


I know a few people who are already talking about pirating it because of it being censored, although they can buy it internationally they’re going to cut the middle man out all together. If it was uncensored here they’d be more than happy to pay…

Australia complains about how people don’t buy locally then they come and do this stuff to us on top of ridiculous price gouging.

I don’t like this country when it comes to all things technology and media.

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