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Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition in the running for Aussie R18+ rating

Tuesday, 15th January 2013 04:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition will be resubmitted for classification in the hopes of finally securing a local release fot the 2011 title

“Warner Bros Entertainment Australia will be submitting the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for classification under the new R18+ classification category,” a representative told Gamespot.

The Komplete Edition, a 2012 re-issue of the 2011 fighter which bundles in all available DLC, has not been rated in Australia, but the original SKU of Mortal Kombat was Refused Classification in 2011, effectively banning it from retail, despite an appeal by Warner Bros.

The publisher also sought classification for the Vita version, which has the Komplete Edition’s content, but again met with a stubborn RC rating.

Australia’s R18+ rating category for video games came into effect on January 1. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, published locally by Nintendo Australia, was recently confirmed as Australia’s first R18+ game.

There is some political pressure to reclassify some MA15+ games as R18+ to ensure consistent content ratings, and as the R18+ ratings category’s guidelines are only slightly less strict than that of the MA15+ category, it’s unclear whether Mortal Kombat and its ilk will make it through.

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4 Comments

  1. FrayJoker

    Excellent, being at the centre of the Australian ratings controversy since the 90s, I can only hope this gets through with a “We won” edition, maybe a “Michael Atkinson can suck it” special edition.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ali

    I am not sure what MK is still always up when it comes to violence in gaming, the violence in it is just comedic and not serious in any way. None of its violent moves/fatalities is realistic enough to influence the kids.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. FrayJoker

    It’s because people who aren’t gamers take it far more seriously than people who are. When you don’t play games, you don’t understand parody or satire when it does appear in games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. The_Red

    @1
    “Michael Atkinson can suck it Edition” was a classic. Hopefully the game does indeed make it because its mere release in that region will be the definition of those words.

    #4 2 years ago

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