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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