There seems to be some confusion regarding the release date surrounding the much anticipated 3rd installment of AvP. Sega USA have claimed that they do not have an official release date at all, Sega Europe still list the game as being released in Q1 2010 and various retailers are giving a solid date of January 19 2010.
Whilst it may be uncertain as to when the game will make its big debut, what is certain is that an Australian release will probably involve Rebellion taking the game back into development and removing some of the game’s copious amount of gore.
Sega Australia’s Vispi Bhopti told Kotaku “SEGA Australia can today confirm that the initial submission of Aliens vs Predator has been Refused Classification by the Classification Operations Board of Australia. We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal”.
It’s quite unsurprising considering Australia’s classification system, which only allows games to be marked up to 15+. From what has been showcased of AvP so far, it seems to be shaping up to be quite a grizzly title and with this sheer amount of violence the board simply couldn’t approve it. From here all Sega can really do is ask for an appeal, or water down the content.
Previous installments of AvP by Rebellion have proven to be quite successful. The distinct three-way multiplayer allows players to play as either man, alien or predator, a system which has been heralded as one of the most enjoyable team based combat experiences in gaming.
Although it’s quite unfortunate that Australia may not see this title for some time, it’s reassuring to know that that the rest of us are in for some, quite literally, bloody good fun. It should be making its way to PS3, 360 and PC sometime next year.
(ed note: What is especially baffling is that a quick Google search reveals Region 4 -Australia- DVDs of the movie Alien vs. Predator. You have to love that logic.)