Sega has been successful in its appeal to the Classification Review Board over the refused classification of Aliens Vs Predator. The game will now be released in Australia with an MA15+ rating.
The Rebellion developed and Sega publisher shooter was originally refused classification in early December. In its report, the Classification Board cited "decapitation, dismemberment, locational damage, impalement, eye-gouging and the use of human heads as trophies" as some of the reasons why the game's high impact impact violence was deemed unsuitable for a minor to see or play.
While developer Rebellion said they would not tone down the content to meet the guidelines for an MA15+, Sega decided to appeal the original classification decision to the Classification Review Board.
That appeal has now been successful and the original classification ruling has been overturned.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our appeal," says Darren Macbeth, managing drector of Sega Australia. "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."
UPDATE: The Review Board unanimously determined that Aliens vs Predator should be classified MA 15+ with the consumer advice "Strong science fiction violence".
The Board noted that "the violence depicted in the game 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."
Aliens vs Predator will be released in Australia with an MA15+ rating on February 18 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.