Aliens vs. Predator developer Rebellion has refused to "sanitise" its game, claiming the Australian Government does not consider adults "able to make their own entertainment choices".
SEGA's bloody and mature shooter was barred from sale when the Australian Classifications Board deemed content too strong for an MA15+ rating, which is the highest a videogame can be classified in the region. Films, on the other hand, can be labelled R18+ (restricted, "high level content") and X18+ (sexually explicit).
"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," said the developer in a statement.
"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. 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."
Aliens vs. Predator will be released here on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in February.