Aliens vs. Predator is Banned in Australia!

Kotaku.com are reporting that Rebellion’s latest Alien vs Predator is the latest game to receive the honor of being banned in Australia. “What will Rebellion do to water it down and will it be in our version?” you might ask.

The answer is nothing.

Rebellion issued the following statement in response to the banning.

"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,”

In other words, movies did it first.

”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."

So unless Aussie gamers stage nationwide protests to change the OLFC’s mind/get the legislation for game ratings updated, or Rebellion changes their mind – the Australians will have to go without.

Want to see what the fuss is over? Check out our E3 and GameCom coverage.

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Comments Comments (28)

 
Hato-kun
Posted by Hato-kun
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 12:41 PM
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Australia bans another game. News at 11.
 
 
 
Oliver NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Oliver
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 12:57 PM
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Haha, nice zing in their official statement:

"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."
 
 
 
Omg_a_kid_with_GTA NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by Omg_a_kid_with_GTA
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 1:11 PM
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Here we go again.
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 1:55 PM
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Gamers in Oz are fuming, but it won't be until a major release like the next GTA is banned that they will get up and really make enough noise to get the change they need and deserve
 
 
 
guitar93 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by guitar93
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 2:30 PM
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”It is for adults, and it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent."

LOL Australia are all little kiddies???
 
 
 
p-nutt3r NZGamer.com VIP VIP
Posted by p-nutt3r
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 2:32 PM
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Shame, lol.
 
 
 
The Host of Chaos NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by The Host of Chaos
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 2:33 PM
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Australia censors are f*gs.
 
 
 
ryanrayx2 NZGamer.com VIP VIP
Posted by ryanrayx2
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 2:33 PM
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LOL aussies
 
 
 
Chris Redfield NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 2:46 PM
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5 December 2009, 12:57 PM Reply to Oliver
Haha, nice zing in their official statement:

"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."
Yeah that made me laugh. Nice lil f**k you to Oz.

Kinda ballsy of them to just completely forgo the Aussie market. Hopefully more games decide against censoring their own product for the Australian market. Creates more pressure for an AO rating.
 
 
 
Sp3kt0r NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by Sp3kt0r
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 2:58 PM
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I doubt anybody had this on preorder anyway
 
 
 
twisterjamz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by twisterjamz
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 4:24 PM
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another one lol, the next game they ban will probably be GOWIII
 
 
 
nimrod76 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by nimrod76
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 5:31 PM
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5 December 2009, 04:24 PM Reply to twisterjamz
another one lol, the next game they ban will probably be GOWIII
OMG youre probably right!

Well a long as it makes it to NZ shores I'm a happy camper
 
 
 
Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Munkah
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 5:45 PM
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5 December 2009, 02:58 PM Reply to Sp3kt0r
I doubt anybody had this on preorder anyway
Those games are pretty fun though.
 
 
 
sakuraba NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by sakuraba
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 5:56 PM
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whats wrong with these stupid censors!!! banning aliens picking on by other aliens?? maybe they thought if aliens visit aus or nz they may be offended if they play this game??
 
 
 
ShadowKnightFTW
Posted by ShadowKnightFTW
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 5:57 PM
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Lol the amount of games Australia ban is just pathetic just add a freaking R18 Rating.
 
 
 
acedumbunny NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by acedumbunny
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 6:01 PM
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5 December 2009, 05:57 PM Reply to ShadowKnightFTW
Lol the amount of games Australia ban is just pathetic just add a freaking R18 Rating.
But that would be what people want, governments aren't too good at giving the people what they want like with the anti smacking bill.
 
 
 
Srassy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
Posted by Srassy
On Saturday 5 Dec 2009 10:34 PM
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I love how they worded the statement. It sounds like a real dig at Aussie.
 
 
 
Veen130
Posted by Veen130
On Sunday 6 Dec 2009 10:08 AM
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And this is why im proud to be a NZ gamer. We get everything. The game actually looks pretty interesting too.
 
 
 
KAZUYA NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by KAZUYA
On Sunday 6 Dec 2009 2:30 PM
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hahahahaha!
 
 
 
jbl316
Posted by jbl316
On Sunday 6 Dec 2009 2:48 PM
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NZ 4 life!
 
 
 
SpawnSeekSlay NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Sunday 6 Dec 2009 8:01 PM
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Do horror movies like Saw & Hostel get banned from Auz too?
Surely it cant just be the gaming market they pick on?
 
 
 
Byskyre NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Byskyre
On Sunday 6 Dec 2009 8:36 PM
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So they don't have adults in Australia, only children? What about girls?
 
 
 
Munkah NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Munkah
On Sunday 6 Dec 2009 9:02 PM
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6 December 2009, 08:36 PM Reply to Byskyre
So they don't have adults in Australia, only children? What about girls?
All loli.
 
 
 
Chris Redfield NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
Posted by Chris Redfield
On Monday 7 Dec 2009 1:04 AM
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6 December 2009, 08:01 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Do horror movies like Saw & Hostel get banned from Auz too?
Surely it cant just be the gaming market they pick on?
It's just games because they don't have the equivalent of an AO rating for games. Which they have for films.
 
 
 
ChiefHank NZGamer.com VIP VIP
Posted by ChiefHank
On Wednesday 9 Dec 2009 9:48 AM
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RIGHT ON REBELLION!!!! It's about time somebody didn't kowtow to an antiquated political system! I'm hoping more companies will follow their example and not "sanitize" their games because some git, who is well past it, doesn't like video games. I love the zinger! LOL!!
 
 
 
Toxin
Posted by Toxin
On Wednesday 9 Dec 2009 12:09 PM
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Oh man that games gonna be so much fun!! =D I think I might pre-order it!
 
 
 
leopardsqueezy
Posted by leopardsqueezy
On Thursday 10 Dec 2009 1:41 PM
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"maybe they thought if aliens visit aus or nz they may be offended if they play this game?? "

Probably won't matter if they visit Oz, coz they'll all just end up on a boat off the coast anyway.
 
 
 
RealmEnder
Posted by RealmEnder
On Sunday 13 Dec 2009 11:25 AM
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9 December 2009, 09:48 AM Reply to ChiefHank
RIGHT ON REBELLION!!!! It's about time somebody didn't kowtow to an antiquated political system! I'm hoping more companies will follow their example and not "sanitize" their games because some git, who is well past it, doesn't like video games. I love the zinger! LOL!!
I completely agree