Aliens vs. Predator Banned in Australia

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.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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