High-profile 2010 release Aliens vs Predator has become the latest in a long line of titles to fall foul of the famously strict Australian Classification Board, and will not be released in the region next year.
In a statement released to GameSpot, the OFLC stated that “the game contains first-person perspective, close-up depictions of human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes”.
The report also took exception to the Predator’s predilection to collecting ‘trophies’ from its human victims and the fact that “bloodied eye sockets” are left when eyes are either stabbed or gouged.
However, the Australian arm of Sega has not ruled out a possible appeal, stating: “We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal.”
Sega Europe have apparently already stated that it has no intention to tone down the violence in an effort to appease the also famously strict German ratings board.