Due to depiction of violence against women, both Target and KMart decided to pull GTA V off their shelves in Australia.
“Following a significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto Games, Kmart has taken the decision to remove this product immediately,” read a statement that was provided to KotakuAU. “Kmart apologizes for not being closer to the content of this game.”
In addition, GTA 4 as well as Episodes from Liberty City are also being removed.
An anonymous source from Target, told the site that earlier GTA games are also being “stealth pulled” from the shelves.
Rockstar parent company Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has responded to the decision:
“We are disappointed that an Australian retailer has chosen no longer to sell Grand Theft Auto 5 – a title that has won extraordinary critical acclaim and has been enjoyed by tens of millions of consumers around the world.
“Grand Theft Auto 5 explores mature themes and content similar to those found in many other popular and groundbreaking entertainment properties. Interactive entertainment is today’s most compelling art form and shares the same creative freedom as books, television, and movies. I stand behind our products, the people who create them, and the consumers who play them.”