Saints Row 4 Australian release date mysteriously pushed back on Steam

Saints Row 4

By on August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

We don’t have any official confirmation yet, but it looks like the Australian release of Saints Row 4 may have just been suddenly delayed.

Reader PalZer0 writes in to let us know that the official Steam page now reads September 20 as a release date: 1 month, 5 days and 10 hours from now.

We’ve emailed Deep Silver for comment and will let you know what we find out.

46 comments (Leave your own)

The console versions have also been delayed to August 30 according to EB’s website. The reason according to EB is production and manufacturing issues.

Doesn’t explain the extra 3 weeks for the Steam unlock though.

 

Probably have to change shit with the way the multiplayer works to make sure we cant play with international versions.

Was anyone actually planning to buy the local version anyway?

 

So hypothetically speaking, downloading and playing a torrented game that you already legally own but are unable to launch due to unfathomable reasons and arbitrary locks isn’t actually piracy; rather, just enjoying the product you paid good money for – like people in the rest of the world in actual, civilized nations will be doing.

Don’t mind me, just thinking out loud *cough.

 

It’s like they are going out of their way to encourage us to pirate the game at this point.

“Hey Australian fans! Would you like a copy of our hit new release? It has less content, comes out a month late, completely Incompatible with the rest of the world, thwarts any attempt to be gifted from outside your country and costs an extra $20 for no explicable reason whatsoever!”

What the hell is this? Some sort of attempt at bizzaro-marketing? At least the delay will give Steam Support plenty of time to drag their asses over and cancel my pre-order.

 

So it will be released after gtav now? that won’t be good for sales.

 

This is why the online cd key sellers get business, the american date was already 4 days ahead of the Australian one before they changed it to September.

 

The Australia tax, now with added waiting times.

 

iiimystiii:
It’s like they are going out of their way to encourage us to pirate the game at this point.

“Hey Australian fans! Would you like a copy of our hit new release? It has less content, comes out a month late, completely Incompatible with the rest of the world,thwarts any attempt to be gifted from outside your country and costs an extra $20 for no explicable reason whatsoever!”

What the hell is this? Some sort of attempt at bizzaro-marketing? At least the delay will give Steam Support plenty of time to drag their asses over and cancel my pre-order.

You forget that this is not the developers fault, rather, the Australian Ratings Board’s fault and their idiotic net-nanny approach to adult gaming. So, go ahead, pirate the game, hurt the developer who has no control over the situation and leave the ARB to continue to help classify Australian gaming as a “meh” territory for publishers.

 

donut77,

only in Australia and i don’t think Australia is enough of the worlds games market for anyone to care.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Paying more for a lesser product that arrives later? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?! :D

… If only there were some other solution people could use to retain these services. Curses!

 

shinanigans: You forget that this is not the developers fault, rather, the Australian Ratings Board’s fault and their idiotic net-nanny approach to adult gaming. So, go ahead, pirate the game, hurt the developer who has no control over the situation and leave the ARB to continue to help classify Australian gaming as a “meh” territory for publishers.

The Classification Board only blockaded the sale of the original game in the country. They did not force gifted copies to be converted against their owner’s will, demand the game be delayed here an extra month nor mandated the game be an extra $20 “just because”.

I’d be among the first to condemn the board and their usual idiotic performances if this was entirely their doing. The fact is though only the first point has anything to do with them. The rest of the parade of stupidity is entirely the doing of the developer/publisher so forgive me if I don’t feel a lot of sympathy for either right now.

 

nastywetsmear:
Paying more for a lesser product that arrives later? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?! :D

… If only there were some other solution people could use to retain these services. Curses!

Lesser game? Isnt drug use just being removed? I would hardly consider that making it a lesser game unless the entire game involves drug use.

 

InAUGral: Lesser game? Isnt drug use just being removed? I would hardly consider that making it a lesser game unless the entire game involves drug use.

The “space drug” mission is removed, the multiplayer is completely incompatible with the rest of the world, it is now coming out a month late and costing an extra $20 for the “privilege” of all this.

I don’t know about you but I’d consider that a “lesser game” then what the rest of the world is getting no matter how you slice it.

 

iiimystiii: The Classification Board only blockaded the sale of the original game in the country. They did not force gifted copies to be converted against their owner’s will, demand the game be delayed here an extra month nor mandated the game be an extra $20 “just because”.

And you know this as fact, how? How do you know that this wasn’t a condition set by someone other than the developer? In fact, it’s completely opposite mentality of the developer to alter their game…

I’d be among the first to condemn the board and their usual idiotic performances if this was entirely their doing. The fact is though only the first point has anything to do with them. The rest of the parade of stupidity is entirely the doing of the developer/publisher so forgive me if I don’t feel a lot of sympathy for either right now.

It has less content, comes out a month late, completely Incompatible with the rest of the world, thwarts any attempt to be gifted from outside your country and costs an extra $20 for no explicable reason whatsoever!”

Ok, let’s cover these points:

* It has less content – ARB fault.

* comes out a month late – Why does it come out a month late? Because they had to alter the content… ARB fault.

* completely Incompatible with the rest of the world – Why is it completely incompatible? Because they had to alter the content… ARB fault

* thwarts any attempt to be gifted from outside your country – Why? Because the content needs to confirm to the standards set by the ARB. Were you in contact with the ARB or the developer about the rules in which SR4 can be bought or gifted in Australia? It seems much more likely that this was at the request of the ARB, rather than Deep Silver blocking sales and/or feeling ever so enthusiastic about altering the content of the game to suit Australia.

* and costs an extra $20 for no explicable reason whatsoever!” – This has nothing to do with SR4 and everything to do with Australian gaming prices in general and does nothing but pollute an otherwise on topic debate.

 

* It has less content – ARB fault.

I already acknowledged that.

* comes out a month late – Why does it come out a month late? Because they had to alter the content… ARB fault.

You have a source for that? No you don’t because the only official acknowledgement of a delay due to the content change was the game being moved to the 28th of August. There has been no official reasoning or explanation for the new 20th of September delay despite many parties requesting one.

* completely Incompatible with the rest of the world – Why is it completely incompatible? Because they had to alter the content… ARB fault

Nope. Plenty of other censored games work with international copies just fine. I dare say DS simply didn’t want to put the work in on this one.

* thwarts any attempt to be gifted from outside your country – Why? Because the content needs to confirm to the standards set by the ARB. Were you in contact with the ARB or the developer about the rules in which SR4 can be bought or gifted in Australia? It seems much more likely that this was at the request of the ARB, rather than Deep Silver blocking sales and/or feeling ever so enthusiastic about altering the content of the game to suit Australia.

Wrong again. Only selling (and in many areas, publicly displaying) RC content is illegal in Australia. Owning it is completely legal outside of WA and some areas of the NT unless it also contains illegal content such as child pornography or terrorism material. I cannot think of a single PC developer that has ever made such a ridiculous change against gifted copies because again, its completely legal to gift RC content to an Australian resident (outside the two exceptions I already listed.)

* and costs an extra $20 for no explicable reason whatsoever!” – This has nothing to do with SR4 and everything to do with Australian gaming prices in general and does nothing but pollute an otherwise on topic debate.

“Pollutes a topic?” Why? Because you have no rebuttal? You seem strangely apologetic of a developer/publisher sticking you with a $20 tax “just because” but that is your own business I suppose. The fact is the Australian people ARE being stiffed which in combination with the parade of BS they are being slapped with, much of which is NOT the fault of the Board (even if some of it very much is) is downright inexcusable.

Don’t get me wrong, you are more then entitled to your opinion but I fail to see how defending Australian gamers given a shoddy deal is going to help us in any way, shape or form.

 

The gifting conversion is utter garbage. The ARB has zero jurisdiction over products bought overseas, or from overseas seller. Furthermore they cant stop Australian citizens from buying from overseas (it would be anticompetitive). It would fall under customs and border protection to keep “illegal” (read: unclassified) materials from reaching our shores and I would hope they are keeping themselves occupied with more pressing matters. As far as the law is concerned isn’t the ratings applied to physical “on the self” products to protect consumers in the retail store? Does DD (or rather digital offshore stores) even come into this?

From a consumer standpoint it constitutes nothing less than a bait and switch; buy the product in one form, then the product changes AFTER the sale point. Slippery slope…

 

eh Ive cancelled my copy from states an will… look into other avenues. I wont be told what I can play.

As for the delayed date, its probably so they can work out how to stop people using international versions. They obviously know people are gonna do it.

 

libbaz: From a consumer standpoint it constitutes nothing less than a bait and switch; buy the product in one form, then the product changes AFTER the sale point. Slippery slope…

I wouldn’t go quite that far but it is indeed dodgy how DS won’t man up and explain themselves over the recent events. It would be one thing to say “Ok we have to screw over gifted copies and delay the game because the ARB made us” but as it stands, they are evading all attempts at getting a straight answer and clarification on this whole mess.

Ironically, this whole “frightened turtle” approach is likely going to cost them more sales then it will preserve.

 

The irony is that people will have completed the single player campaign before the game is even released.
Quantum theory? nope just Australia.

 

You know, this whole thing got me thinking why the devil DS just didn’t nip this problem in the bud when they knew space drugs or whatever were going to be such a problem and call it a day.

I mean remember the whole morphine fiasco with Fallout 3 that had gamers and the ARB jumping up and down and at each other’s throats over the “evils” of real-life references to drug use? And how did that pan out? A developer furrowed his brow, opened some text entry in the code and changed the word “Morphine” to “Med-X”. Lo and behold, the problem was miraculously solved

Granted it isn’t quite the same thing here but for all the wasted time, effort and bad-will DS are generating for themselves by stubbornly clinging to the alien narcotics angle, it makes me wonder why they even bothered. They could of likely changed the source of Boss’s alien superpowers to something slightly different and likely had no issues whatsoever (again, the FO3 change was literally a few letters). It isn’t like the narrative of a SR game is a work of Shakespeare that is sacrilege to go back and alter.

Not that I am making excuses for the Classification Board because they clearly made the wrong choice here but for the cesspool this has caused, it really seems so pointless. DS could of saved not Australian gamers a lot of grief but themselves as well by making a slight change and none of us would be having this conversation right now.

 
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