Publisher EA has spoken out for the first time since US broadcaster Fox News went live with a piece attacking upcoming shooter Bulletstorm.
In the story, Fox quoted psychologist and author Carol Lieberman who claimed: The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games."
However, EA has highlighted that face that US games regulator The ESRB has granted the game a certificate.
"As you know, Bulletstorm is a work of entertainment fiction that takes place in the 26th century on the abandoned fictitious paradise planet Stygia, where our heroes fight mutants, monsters, flesh-eating plants and gigantic dinosaurs," EA’s vice president of public relations Tammy Schachter told Game Informer.
"Epic, People Can Fly and EA are avid supporters of the ESA and believe in the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. We believe in and abide by the policies put in place by the ESRB.
"Bulletstorm is rated M for Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and use of alcohol. The game and its marketing adhere to all guidelines set forth by the ESRB; both are designed for people 17+. Never is the game marketed to children."
Furthermore, Schachter went on to speak up for the right of developers to test the boundaries.
"Epic, People Can Fly and EA support the right of artists to create works of entertainment fiction for consumers of all ages, including adults who enjoy action adventures like Bulletstorm," he added.
"Much like Tarantino’s Kill Bill or Rodriguez’s Sin City, this game is an expression of creative entertainment for adults."