Well that’s a turn up for the books. Sega has announced that Rebellion’s Aliens vs. Predator will release unscathed in Australia following an appeal of the country’s decision to deny the game classification.
Darren Macbeth, managing director of Sega Australia, breaks the news:
It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our appeal. We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians.
Since Australia is the only developed country lacking an 18+ video games rating, Aliens vs. Predator will release with an MA15+ classification. Rebellion was incredibly defiant, claiming that they would not censor their game for the country; Australia’s Classifications Board has surccomb to the pressure. The Review Board’s appeal document reads:
In the Review Board’s opinion the violence depicted in the game can be accommodated within the MA 15+ category as the violent scenes are not prolonged and are interspersed with longer non violent sequences. The violence is fantastical in nature and justified by the context of the game, set in a futuristic science-fiction world, inhabited by aliens and predators. This context serves to lessen its impact. The more contentious violence is randomly generated and is not dependent on player selection of specific moves.
See, with a little bit of pressure (Jaffe) we can make a difference. Then again, due to the borked system, Australia will now be the only country to allow gamers under 18 to play a game stuffed with impalement and decapitation. Hey ho.