Rebellion's multiplatform shooter, Aliens vs. Predator, is the latest title to land itself in what is essentially an age rating limbo over in Australia. The Australian Classification Board has deemed AvP's content to be far too violent and gory even for Australia's maximum MA15+ age rating, thus refusing to classify the title. Without an officially recognized rating in Australia for software intended for gamers over the age of 18 years, AvP basically lacks a stamp of approval which would allow it be sold legally in the country.
Despite such opposition, Rebellion remains committed to delivering AvP uncut. Unfortunately this will mean AvP is locked out of Australia for the time being by virtue of both the Australian Classification Board's decision as well as Rebellion's own uncompromising stance. Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley himself elaborates:
"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 sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices."
Ouch! In happier AvP news, Rebellion reminds us that the PC version of the game will feature dedicated server support despite rumors suggesting the contrary.