The Mortal Kombat series is no stranger to controversy. Way back in the days of the arcade, the original game blew everyone’s minds with how incredibly violent it was, shocking concerned parents all over the country. Naturally, that same controversy made it immensely popular among gamers, and because of that, it evolved into the franchise that we all know and love today.
The much-talked about Mortal Kombat reboot that’s on its way looks to follow that same formula, with all the bloody, messy gore that keeps bringing people back. The series is even returning to 2D, as the Mortal Kombat trailer emphasized, something fans have been clamoring for for quite some time.
As I mentioned, the Mortal Kombat franchise is no stranger to controversy, so it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise when it was announced that Australia refused to give the upcoming game a classification, effectively banning it from being sold in their country. Of course, it should be equally as unsurprising when there was a large outcry from gamers in general, not just fans of the series.
Luckily, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Australia responded to the ban, promising to appeal the decision as soon as possible. They released an official statement giving details in regards to said appeal, explained that they reviewed the gameplay and content of the game, and determined that the violence was “on par” with other games currently being sold in Australia. They promised to do everything possible to have the game be available for sale in the country, as well as explaining that they would submit a copy of the game for the appeal.
While this is certainly positive news for Australian gamers, it might be best not to get your hopes up too high. If all the controversy surrounding Australia’s treatment of Left 4 Dead 2 is any indication, the new Mortal Kombat game probably won’t get off scot-free, if it gets a release at all.
Is Australia just overreacting to a game that hasn’t even seen the light of day yet? Is there any hope for Australian gamers eager for some classic, gory Fatalities?
Mortal Kombat is set to come out this April for the Xbox 360 and PS3.