Mortal Kombat resubmitted for classification in Australia

R18+ rating renews hope for brawler's Australian distribution

Warner Bros will submit Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition for classification in Australia, following the introduction of the R18+ rating on January 1.


The original edition of the game was refused classification in Australia upon its release in 2011 due to gratuitous depictions of dismemberment, decapitation and disembowelment.

The news follows the announcement of Australia's first R18+ rating, which was handed to Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge last week. Whether the new rating can accommodate titles that would otherwise have been banned under previous law will be seen in the results of the resubmission.

When CVG contacted the board last week following the Ninja Gaiden 3 announcement, the classification board advised that the new guidelines rendered the previous methodology redundant. When asked whether Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge would have been banned under previous law, the board replied that "it would be inappropriate for the Board to consider previous versions of those instruments in making its decision announced today."

Mortal Kombat: The Komplete Edition is a new edition of the 2011 title bundled with all DLC. It is already available in Europe and North America.