Rockstar produces edited version of Grand Theft Auto 4 for Australia

A logo for Grand Theft Auto 4 - Image 1If it were entirely up to you, would you settle for a watered-down version of Grand Theft Auto 4? We thought so. Unfortunately, Rockstar has produced an edited version of the game for Australian players. The reason: to comply with the OFLC classification system. More censorship ensues in the full article, right after the jump.

Box art for Grand Theft Auto 4 - Image 1History has a tendency to repeat itself, doesn’t it? In this case, it’s Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 4 (PS3, Xbox 360) and the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC). The situation: An edited version of GTA 4 will sell in The Land Down Under on April 29.

This time, the developer took the first step and applied the censor’s scissors straight away, as the OFLC has no R18 rating in its system. When you have a game with masturbation and other explicit sexual references, a certain amount of care is especially needed.

Nevertheless, with all the run-ins that Rockstar has had with the OFLC in the past, it’s understandable that the developer would do that. After all, the OFLC frowned upon GTA 3, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas after mature content was discovered in those titles.It took some editing on Rockstar’s part before the OFLC allowed those games on store shelves.

Here’s the clincher: Rockstar hasn’t revealed exactly which material has been cut. Unless the company chooses to do otherwise, it looks like a little game of compare and contrast is in order.

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