Aliens vs. Predator Banned in Australia

By Chris Faylor, Dec 04, 2009 8:25am PST Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification has struck again, this time refusing to rate Rebellion's Aliens vs. Predator--a move that essentially bans the game.
As with Left 4 Dead 2, the game's "various types of violence" led to the call, with the official report (obtained by GameSpot) specifying that "the Predator collects 'trophies' by explicitly ripping off human heads, their spinal columns dangling from severed necks...heads can be twisted completely around...eyes can be stabbed through or gouged, leaving empty, bloodied eye sockets...extensive post-mortem damage, including decapitation and dismemberment, is also possible."

Developer Rebellion has already responded, telling CVG that "we will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices."

Publisher Sega has also issued a statement of its own, vowing that "we will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal." After Left 4 Dead 2 was banned in Australia, developer Valve appealed the decision. That appeal was denied, with Australia then receiving a censored edition of Left 4 Dead 2.

Such bans stem from Australia's current video game rating system, which caps out at MA15+. A R18+ rating is available for movies, but not games.

Germany apparently won't be joining in on the Aliens vs. Predator antics either, as Sega has reportedly opted to not release the game there due to ban-related concerns.

As for the rest of the world, AvP debuts on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in February.

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  • I think we should just buy that old fuck a Wii.

    The short version is that once he realized that fake tennis is nothing like real tennis, he will hopefully make the logical jump to fake ripping of heads from torsos is nothing like real ripping of heads from torsos.

    That, or we just spam mail him some shovel ware until he gets so pissed playing Petz games that he thirsts for the same blood the aussies desire. Then, when he cannot satiate his desires due to his own stupidity he will kill some young single mother of 3. After a lengthy trial he will be executed and Duke Nukem will rise as the leader of all Australia and make violence and boobs mandatory.