SEGA’s appeal has been successful and The Classification Review Board has now given Aliens Vs Predator an MA15+ rating.
When the game was Refused Classification earlier this year AVP’s developer Rebellion publicly announced that they would not edit the game in an attempt to achieve our highest rating for computer games, MA15+.
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 games publisher SEGA decided however to appeal the classification and now that it has been successful Australia will see the release of the unaltered game in February 2010.
Aliens Vs Predator is expected to be rated Mature (17+) in the US. Rebellion has also declared the game is not appropriate for children.
…we agree strongly that our game is not suitable for game players who are not adults.
In an interview as part of an ABC news story SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has supported the Classification Board’s decision to refuse classification to Aliens vs Predator.
“You don’t need to be playing a game in which you impale, decapitate and dismember people.”
In discussing the movement for an R18+ rating for computer games in Australia he remarks:
“This is a question of a small number of very zealous gamers trying to impose their will on society. And I think harm society. It’s the public interest versus the small vested interest.”
The video also features Ron Curry CEO of iGEA who supports the introduction of the R18+.
Only days after Crimecraft was refused classification Alien vs Predator has received the same treatment.
Games.on.net has posted this statement from SEGA.
SEGA Australia can today confirm that the initial submission of Aliens vs Predator has been Refused Classification by the Classification Operations Board of Australia. We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal.
With Alien vs Predator bringing this year’s total to six, 2009 has now become the year that the most video games were Refused Classification in Australia. 2008 and 2004 previously held the record with five each.