Updated / Australia bans Sega’s Aliens vs. Predator

Update: Rebellion understands Aussies denying AvP classification, will not release a “sanitised” version

Original story: I remember as a child, whenever a movie aired on basic cable prefaced by that “Warning: For Mature Audiences Only” screen, how excited I would get, no matter how disastrous a cinematic abortion the film turned out to be.

Same goes now whenever Australia refuses classification to a videogame, like the recently rejected Aliens vs. Predator. Sega Australia today confirmed that the Classification Operations Board of Australia has dropped the banhammer on the first submission of their three-way bloodbath on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, citing the game’s violent content. Sega Australia will continue to explore their options, including the possibility of appealing the rating board’s decision as it essentially outlaws the sale of the game down under, according to an e-mailed statement from the company.

Hopefully, they won’t tone it down too much. The Predator’s ability to tear off a marine’s head with the spine still attached, or the Alien’s ability to impale victims with its reticulating tail are essential in conveying their characters’ powerful personal transformation. Decapitation and dismemberment are all part of the emotional journey.