The lights are on
Australia has a long history of banning the sale of mature-rated ESRB games, and now Mortal Kombat is the latest victim.
Warner Bros. has confirmed the ban and released the following statement:
"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
[Interactive Games & Entertainment Association], WBIE is reviewing
all options available at this time."
Warner Bros. could appeal the matter, but given the explicit violence in the game, who knows where it will get them.
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Well, saw this coming.
Wow what a huge surprise, once again im glad I dont live in Australia.
I was wondering when I was going to hear that news.
That's too bad for the people in Australia. I thought they were getting an 18+ rating. What happened to that?
No surprise on this one. I do find it very interesting that they have such explicit rules and regulations on game content down under.
Bet they wont get Twisted Metal either.
It's a pretty *** brutal game this time around... I'm not versed in the laws pertaining to game ratings in AU but given their reputation for bans, this sort of seemed like a given.
Dang it...another game spared from yahtzees wrath!
Another victim.... glad I don't live in Australia.
Austrailia might unban MK after. Won't be the first game that it happened to.
wtf mortal kombat is always getting banned somewhere.
It's so stupid, because I don't think they'd want their game to receive the 15+ rating. If the board just let video games have R18+ ratings, so much trouble could be avoided.