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 Boarddecided the series reboot was too violentto 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 officein 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.


Mar 14, 2011

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