Due to the ban put on GTA3 in Australia, a toned-down/censored version is being created in order for the ban to be lifted.
The German version has cut much of the offensive content and violence. It also comes with the option of original English dialogue. But by selecting original English and entering the ultra-violence code of the US version all content is restored to that of the standard US version.
Bill Fiore was cast in the role of Darkel, which made it into the pre release version. But for undisclosed reasons, the producers decided not to include him in the final version, which has become the subject of hot debate for fans. The most popular reasons for his absence include: Darkel was going to be a revolutionary street urchin who vowed to bring down the city's economy. Rumour has it, is that many of his missions were based on terrorism and even included an aeroplane explosion. Thus, due to the games releases proximity to the events of lasts september, he was promptly removed from the final version. The final and most popular reason, stems from the fact that Darkel was originally going to give out Rampage esque missions and even had his voice recoreded for this part. Rockstar games then decided that they would like to go back to the original system of giving out rampages as featured in Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2.
The censored Australian version omits the capacity for the player to pick up a prostitute, and engage in sexual intercourse. The censors originally took exception to the ability for the player to engage in implied intercourse with a prostitute, then beat, shoot or maim her to death in order to obtain one's money back. It was considered an act of sexual violence and deemed too explicit for an MA15+ classification. It was therefore refused classification (ie. banned). A new R18+ games classification is due to be approved by state and federal Attorneys-General in late 2002. This may see the uncut version being released with an R18+ classification.