Warner Bros. in Australia confirmed today that it will be submitting Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition to the Australian Classification Board for consideration under the recently-introduced R18+ rating for video games.
The 2011 release of Mortal Kombat was barred from being sold in Australia after the game received a Refused Classification rating from the Board. At the time, Australia's classification system for video games only went up to MA15+, which meant any game that the Classification Board believed to be too mature for the MA15+ category would be Refused Classification and effectively banned from sale. Mortal Kombat's graphic violence and gore tipped it outside of MA15+ territory.
Mortal Kombat's publisher released the following statement today:
Warner Bros Entertainment Australia will be submitting the Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition for classification under the new R18+ classification category.
The publisher declined to comment any further and it is not known when the classification results will be made available.
Mortal Kombat: The Komplete Edition contains the 2011 game along with all previously released downloadable content, a soundtrack and the 1995 movie.