Australia Overturns Aliens vs Predator Ban

Aliens vs Predator to be released in Australia after Classification Board overturns previous refused classification ruling

December 21, 2009 – Australia’s Classification Board overturned a previous ruling that banned Aliens vs Predator, the upcoming Sega shooter, from being released in Australia, classifying it as an MA15+ title.

The game was initially Refused Classification (RC) for being too violent to comply with the video game classification standards in Australia, of which the most mature rating is an MA15+.

Sega applauded the decision after challenging the RC ruling originally handed down by the Classification Board. Sega Australia Managing Director Darren Macbeth stated, “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.”

Aliens vs Predator has been given a rating in Australia after initially being Refused Classification, essentially banning the title.

The ruling specified that Aliens vs Predator, which is being developed by UK-based Rebellion games and published by Sega, “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.”

The ruling comes in the wake of great controversy in Australia regarding the game rating system, in which the most mature rating is MA15+, as compared to R18+ for Films and TV shows.

Source: Australian Gamer ; Australian Government Classification Review Board