The latest and goriest entry into the Mortal Kombat franchise has been refused publication in Australia, due to failing Australia’s outdated and problem riddled classification process.
The report came from an anonymous person who received an email claiming that the game “will not be released in Australia”. Furthermore, all promotional posters and products must be removed from shops and all current standing pre-orders must be canceled and refunded. The email did state however that this decision may be overturned in the future but for now all the mentioned steps are necessary.
An official statement from Warner Bros. is currently pending and we will update you when we know more. One thing is for sure though, this will further fuel the file for the great R18+ debate.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. just issued their statement. It reads;
The highly anticipated video game Mortal Kombat, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in Australia, has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia. We are extremely disappointed that Mortal Kombat, one of the world’s oldest and most successful video games franchises, will not be available to mature Australian gamers. WBIE would not market mature content where it is not appropriate for the audience. We understand that not all content is for every audience, but there is an audience for mature gaming content and it would make more sense to have the R18+ classification in Australia. As a member of the iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time.
To all my Australian gaming friends, just import the game from overseas – don’t support a government that wont support you. Let me know what you think about the potential banning via the comments below or Twitter – @DrjftGaming.