As the latest Mortal Kombat is to be released next month, the publisher Warner Bros. Interactive have announced that the ban for Mortal Kombat for Australia still stands, and will not be released due to their unsuccessful appeal.
The Australian Classification Board is convinced that Mortal Kombat’s fatalities and graphic gameplay exceeds their highest video game rating, and has rejected Warner Bros. appeal, to try and get Mortal Kombat into Australia.
“We’re obviously extremely disappointed that the refused classification decision has been upheld by the Classification Review Board,” said the publisher. “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.”
As gamers now try to import the game from overseas, there may be a possibility that customs might seize the game, or a fine might be imposed to anyone who tries to import the game.
It really annoys me that Australia still does not have an R18+ rating, I don’t think the ACB understand the fact that THERE ARE mature adult gamers in Australia, and not having a mature rating just causes more problems with gamers as they have the right to play any game they want.
Why have an R18+ rating for movies, and nothing for video games?