Sega and Rebellion won a significant victory when Australia reversed their decision and finally handed out a rating for Aliens vs. Predator , thereby unbanning it from the region.
And to their credit, the developer never once backed down and will never offer to edit the game simply due to overly cautious ratings boards. Furthermore, they're currently working on a playable demo so we can all see the controversial title; perhaps once we've played it, we'll better understand Australia's initial reason for failing to rate the game. The guys at Rebellion are being awfully good sports about this whole thing, though, as evidenced by a recent interview with designers Martin Kennedy and Alex Moore over at AvP Galaxy . Said Kennedy:
"People who want the game will get [it] imported, it's not going to hurt us … if anything it's been a bit of decent publicity/ We're not going to water down the game for countries that can't treat adults like adults."
Good for you! Moore took the jab a step further by comparing Australia's strict rating rules to past experiences with Germany. After all, the first AvP was banned in Germany but once again, this isn't the type of thing to phase either developer or publisher. We can't wait to get our hands on the demo, just to see what all the hoopla is about. Interestingly enough, we still don't have an official release date for Aliens vs. Predator but we know it should arrive "early this year." We're looking towards next month and if that's the case, we should see the demo fairly soon.
Related Game(s): Aliens vs. Predator