Developer Rebellion has refused to make a youth-friendly version of Aliens vs. Predator for the Australian market after the game was deemed too explicit for the country’s MA15+ rating.
In a statement, the developer called out the Australian government, claiming that it does not consider its adult constituents “able to make their own entertainment choices.”
The statement goes on to read, “Rebellion is disappointed that its upcoming title Aliens vs. Predator has been banned in Australia. However, as we understand the law in that country the authorities had no choice as we agree strongly that our game is not suitable for game players who are not adults.”
“The content of AVP is based on some of the most innovative and iconic horror movies, and as such we wanted to create a title that was true to the source material. It is for adults, and it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent. We will not be releasing a sanitised or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices.”
The Australian Classifications Board has noted that AVP is in first-person perspective and includes “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.”