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Mortal Kombat reboot will remain banned in Australia

The Australian Classification Board has decided to stick by its refused classification (RC) rating for the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot, quashing Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's latest appeal and putting an end to the hopes and dreams of Mortal Kombat fans down under.

Last month, the Classification Board decided the series reboot was too violent to receive even its strictest MA15+ rating, and would therefore (logically) go unrated. Understanding this meant its game could not be sold or distributed within the country, Warner Bros. re-submitted a duplicate copy of the game claiming it was no more violent than other games available in the Australian market. The appeal was later denied.

“We're obviously extremely disappointed that the Refused Classification decision has been upheld by the Classification Review Board," said WB's Australia office in a statement delivered Sunday. "We want to thank the thousands of Mortal Kombat fans in Australia and around the world who have voiced their support during the appeal process."

Mortal Kombat is still expected to hit rational, forward thinking markets starting April 19th in North America and the 21st in the UK.

[Source: Gamespot]

Mar 14, 2011

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26 comments

  • palermo900 - April 5, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    No imports are allowed or we will be fined. This really blows. I also don't know why people think australia is dangerous. We don't have friggin bears and cougars that can tear your face off
  • reaperman22 - March 16, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    its not illegal to own the game unless you live in Western Australia, just to sell it, apparently though customs is now threatening huge fines for anyone caught importing (up to $110,000) which i find to be highly questionable since it isn't illegal
  • scottkucks - March 16, 2011 4:52 a.m.

    Yeah this does suck yet another game that our illustrious government won't allow :/ I mean the only other game that springs to mind that actually sucks in its aussie version is L4D
  • karkadann - March 16, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    LOLZ! Import, play, finish, sell for profit
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - March 15, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    Australia has some of the most dangerous animals in the world, and some of the most draconian classification boards in the world. Migrate.
  • chiz - March 15, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    that really does suck for Australian fans but I guess if they really want the game they could order it online
  • yasmarc - March 15, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    This is ironic considering all the random wildlife that can kill you in Australia. Whoever wants to import this will be able to I'm sure so I don't see what the big deal is. Internet wins?
  • Luc1ferRis1ng - March 15, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    Why not make a new classification that's higher than MA15+? Make sense
  • DVTClark - March 15, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    hm, another game being blocked by the rating system. can you guys at least import the game? or is that illegal? sorry, but I really don't know how that stuff goes around there since I don't live there. anyhow,, I feel sorry for you guys out there.
  • JayBeat - March 15, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    @Lolspamm0r first year in half a decade we can say that :) @article FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. THATS IT, IM MOVING TO THE US.
  • AlphaDogZero - March 15, 2011 6:50 a.m.

    As an Australian I can tell you this sucks and our government needs to get it's shit together - that being said; importing is a quick and easy solution to this problem.
  • karkadann - March 15, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    I'll be honest, i don't really care for mortal kombat to come out here in aus anyway, mainly because i wasn't going to get it for the lack of an exclusive character for x-box. i will say though, that it is retarded for our classification board to ban it is a little extreme
  • Stuv - March 15, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    I don't believe there's any issue importing the game from other places. Considering how we can get them for normal prices online ($60, rather than a ridiculous $120), it's really an action in futility.
  • BloodyShenlong - March 15, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    Well...I feel a bit bad for the Aussies alright...but I guess I can kinda understand it since there's no higher rating...but why can't they make a new rating? Or why didn't they have one in the first place?
  • Lolspamm0r - March 15, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    @ExcessGiraffe Most of the time it rains...
  • dakotak51 - March 15, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    PLEASE TELL ME THIS DOES NOT AFFECT NEW ZEALAND!!!
  • EroticInvisibleMan - March 15, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    @ExcessGiraffee "they are really missing out on some good stuff" No, we really aren't. Look up a list of games banned in Australia. Anyway, we need change, but in the meantime, hopefully this will convince people to import games more, which could (fingers crossed) drive down retail game prices (Which are more heinous than our lack of R rating).
  • FistfulofPelican - March 15, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    I'm completely against this decision, but with the amount of money Aussie retailers charge for games it was always going to be cheaper just to import it anyway.
  • BurntToShreds - March 15, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    Curse you, Australian Classification board!
  • ayaxe - March 14, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    Joy another game I have to get imported...

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