Mortal Kombat 2011 Banned In Australia
The reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise, set to be released this year, has already been banned in Australia.
The game, which is a fighting game renowned for its creative and violent moves, has already been refused classification for Australian audiences. The long anticipated game was just weeks from it’s US release, and I’m sure this news will leave many Australian fans frustrated, especially seeing that the Australian law that no game over MA15+ can be sold in the country is based on a survey taken ten years ago. The figures show the nowadays, the average gamer is 30 years old, a big difference from the children the current Australian law is working to protect.
Warner Brothers, the publisher, had this to say.
“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.”
All we can do is hope that this will spark the R18+ debate in Australia, and that on day the people who actually are allowed to play these games will legally be able too.
Also, The Australian Governments full report can be found here in PDF fornat,