Aliens vs. Predator banned in Australia, developers disappointed

Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification has brought the hammer down on yet another game – Rebellion Developments’ Aliens vs. Predator. Featuring both the Aliens (from Alien(s)) and Predator (from Predator), the game was always going to be bloody. But what exactly does the OFLC take offence with? According to an official statement:

“The game contains first-person perspective, close-up depictions of human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes.”

Clearly, this is deemed unsuitable for children. Under the Australian classification for games, which goes up to MA 15+ and famously lacks the R 18+ rating extended to films, this means it is refused classification and therefore as good as banned. Rebellion Developments CEO Jason Kingsley has expressed disappointment in the decision, and agrees that the title is unsuitable for children. They will also not be releasing a “sanitised” version, unlike Valve with Left 4 Dead 2.

Obviously, Australian gamers are equally disappointed. Hopefully SEGA, the title’s publisher, will appeal the decision. If you see an Australian gamer online, give them a hug, instead of (like some) taking the chance to kick them while they’re down.

[via Joystiq, GamesIndustry.Biz]

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