Rebellion Refuses To "Sanitise" AVP For Australian Release

Responding Australia's refusal to classify upcoming shooter Aliens vs. Predator, developer Rebellion says it will not cut violent content for "territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices." Ouch.

The refusal to classify Aliens vs. Predator in Australia is effectively a ban, as the country will not allow the sale of a game that doesn't fall under its maximum allowed game rating of MA15+, and Rebellion agrees that its game doesn't qualify for that rating. The following is from a statement issued by the developer.

"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."

Rebellion's problem is the same that many Australian games and gamers are forced to deal with - the fact that while films can carry R18+ and X18+ ratings, labelling them as adults only, video games can not. This has caused many developers over the years to modify titles, including Bethesda, which altered the drug references in Fallout 3 to suit Australian censors. Rebellion, true to its name, refuses to make changes.

"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."

Harsh words, but words that countless other developers and gamers can get behind.

Rebellion rises against Australia AVP ban News [GamesIndustry.biz]


Comments

    I'll summarise this is 3 words: "F*** you Australia!"

    We are so much the laughing stock of the entertainment industry...

    Good on 'em. I was on the fence about the game, but I'll probably import it now.

    I don't blame them one bit, i would say why but it's pretty much covered in the original post. I would have no intention of buying a game where they removed part of the core design principle just to get an MA 15 rating.

    That's a real big shame. I'm guessing that a reappeal is also out of the question.

    Is the game worth importing, for MP mode? I'm thinking there won't be many Australian servers for it.

    very well said.

    I honestly think thats better than releasing a butchered version. Playing L4D2 is like a buggy code version, its horrible and feels cheap. Good on you rebellion for not giving in. I will import.

    Even though this is a game I'd like to play it is good to see the developer sticking to their ideals. The Australian classification system is such a joke that I am surprised that they even bothered to try to release it over here.

    Go G4C, I hope you are successful in your campaign, but I think this is going to get worse before it gets better!

    More developers need to make comments like this. It can only help in bringing in an R18+ rating for video games.

    *sigh* One day....

    its a great quote for sure, I ust wish tey'd also mentioned wether AVp would be region free

    Somethings got to chnge soon surely, we've got the guys running against aitkinson in SA, an ever increasing list of Banned games an a population of gamers who are growing older now the average age os us is thirty or so surely we're of the age to take the power back?

    :D

    Probably a good thing, looks like this will be an import

    AWESOME! Good to see them stick to their choices

    We need some serious media attention on this. Aliens and Predator are both very popular movies, and them using the reference to the game in a thematic environment like this is awesome.

    It brings forward the backward world we live in and that we'll all have to break the law to play this game.

    I love the quote!

    "where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices"

    Its a shame this game won't be sold here (IMPORT!), but I think what Rebellion is doing is important in the argument for an R18+ classification in Australia.

    Every gamer is sick to death of these stories which, by the way, are definitely becoming more and more frequent. We are equally sick of being forced to purchase 'watered-down' games by a DEMOCRATIC government that DOES NOT LISTEN to its' population.

    Australia is quickly becoming the new China.

    The stance is admirable...but...

    Bugger.

    Looks like we'll never see it here, at least legally.

    Good on them.

    Another game that would have seen millions of dollars injected through our retail industry is banned for sale because of an outdated piece of legislation and an outdated politician.
    This will be my motivation for the day's sign-up events.
    Thanks Mr Atkinson, you're getting young adults interested in politics.
    We've now got over 150 signatures to get Gamers4Croydon registered. See you at the polls. I hope your unrelated corruption inquiry goes well.

    I'm actually pleased with that explanation.

    Good on them. The more developers that grow some balls and give the current Ratings System the finger the more likely it is that Australian gamers are going to start making more noise. Here's hoping it's a good enough game that those gamers will care.

    Why should they hack up their game just to suit our outdated system and childish government. All developers should do the same thing. Left 4 Dead 2 is a prime example of what happens to a game when it's hacked up to meet our requirements.

    "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."

    Love it.

    You know what, I think this is great. Missing out on a game because of CENSORSHIP sucks, but having an official statement criticising our ratings board is a good thing.

    It gives the issue more validity. Instead of just the gamers "whining". Oh look "real" adults think the same thing as us.

    I think this is a better stance to make than releasing edited versions. The whole L4D2 thing would have made a much bigger impact if it was banned outright.

    At the moment, only real hardcore gamers are aware of the R18+ controversy, and just how much say Michael Atkinson has in it. As more and more big name titles get banned, it'll become more and more exposed to the public

    Please Rebellion, don't region code AVP!!!!

    Despite the fact that I was really looking forward to playing this my only response to Rebellion's action is, "good." I can't help but feel that every time a game gets cut to fit into our boneheaded classification system we're only proving the people who think we shouldn't have an R rating right. I only wish Valve had had the guts to do the same thing with LFD2.

    ...scene opens on a board room meeting...

    Classification Board (CB): Well that's all we need to do, Aliens Versus Predator is banned!

    Atkinson to CB: God damn it, that's not all! Because if one of those things gets down here then that will be all! Then all this - this bullshit that you think is so important, you can just kiss all that goodbye!

    ....cut to an Australian home...

    Hicks: Outstanding. Now all we need is a deck of cards.

    Ripley: Well, somebody's gonna have to go out there. Take a portable terminal, go out there and order the uncensored game from overseas.

    Hudson: Oh yeah, sure! With customs runnin' around? You can count me out.

    ...time fade to same board room 1 month later...

    Atkinson to CB: We're all in strung out shape, but stay frosty, and alert. We can't afford to let one of those bastards in here.

    CB: Movement. Signal's clean. Range, 20 metres.

    Atkinson: They've found a way in, something we've missed.

    CB: We didn't miss anything. 17 metres.
    Atkinson: [Checking the tracker] Something in the floor, underneath the plant, I don't know

    CB: 15 Meters. Definitely inside the borders. 6 metres.

    Atkinson: That can't be, that's inside the room.

    CB: It's reading right man, look.
    Atkinson: Then, "you're" not reading it right.

    CB: 5 metres, man. 4, what the hell?

    ...Gamers dropping out of ventilation ducts all yelling...

    Games: Move it out! Move it out, goddammit! Aaaaarrrrr! absolutely badassess! Let's pack 'em in! Get those import copies in there!"

    Atkinson (hysterical): That's it, man. Game over, man. Game over!

      Wow, what an effort.
      +1 for you

    YYYYYEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

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