Today word got out that Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification has refused to rate the upcoming movie monster shooter Aliens vs. Predator, essentially banning the game.
Much like Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2, Aliens vs. Predator has been refused classification due to “various types of violence.” Specifically “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.”
AvP developer Rebellion responded to these claims by stating: “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 responded, saying “we will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal.” However the chance of the appeal being approved seems slim, especially considering Valve tried to appeal the L4D2 ban to no avail.
For non-Australian gamers, Aliens vs. Predator is slated to arrive on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in February.