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Warner Bros to Seek R18+ Australian Classification for Mortal Kombat...
Dan
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Brisbane, Queensland
14006 posts
With the recent implementation of an R18+ rating for videogames in Australia, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has revealed that they will be submitting Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition to the Australian Classification Board, offering the following statement:
Warner Bros Entertainment Australia will be submitting the Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition for classification under the new R18+ classification category.
The outcome of Komplete Edition's ratings submission will be a real test for the new R18+ classification guidelines, as the original release of Mortal Kombat in 2011, when the highest rating available was MA15+, received a Refused Classification stamp due to "explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter".

Komplete Edition is not a censored version of the game, but rather a compilation release that includes all previously released DLC, and the Mortal Kombat film. It is understood that this modified reissue sidesteps the requirement of a two year waiting period before a formerly refused title is able to be resubmitted for re-classification.
02:20pm 15/01/13 Permalink
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mission
Brisbane, Queensland
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"explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter".


SOLD!

I hope this gets released, I've been a MK fan since the mega-drive.
02:32pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20531 posts
Its so good, I'd be tempted to buy it again if this gets released since I never got most of the DLC, and it'd be worth it to have austraian people to play against online.
02:38pm 15/01/13 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
5102 posts
If MK still doesn't get a release inside australia with the new R18 rating, then it's safe to say all they plan on doing is making it the new MA15
02:42pm 15/01/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10673 posts
PC?
02:42pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13366 posts
This should be interesting.
02:50pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Dan
Special Text
Brisbane, Queensland
14007 posts
If MK still doesn't get a release inside australia with the new R18 rating, then it's safe to say all they plan on doing is making it the new MA15
It's really not safe to say that at all, there are several factors that could adversely affect it that aren't necessarily a long-term reflection on how things are going to be under the new classification scheme.

Read this article I linked in the last r18 comments for a educated speculation on the state of things http://www.mcvpacific.com/news/read/opinion-why-r18-will-make-a-difference/0104517

Having games rated in the correct light depends heavily on the way it is presented by the publisher, to demonstrate that any violence in the game is contextually fantastical enough to not be of "high impact".

It's also quite possible that MK: KE could get shot down simply because the situation is too sensitive at the moment, and permitting a previously refused game could stir up unwanted controversy.

There's a lot of discretion in the process, so MK has quite a bit working against it, that just would apply to other brand new games seeking the same approval.
02:58pm 15/01/13 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
3344 posts
Never owned a console but Mortal Kombat's release made me seriously think about getting one.
03:05pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Crust
Victoria
1 posts
@hogfather this should be very interesting indeed
03:07pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5597 posts
It's also quite possible that MK: KE could get shot down simply because the situation is too sensitive at the moment, and permitting a previously refused game could stir up unwanted controversy.


WB are paying for reclassification - I reckon they'd have every right to be pissed off if instead of comparing the game against the new classification rules, the classification board instead decided to compare the political environment to some arbitrary yardstick for controversy.
03:09pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Reverend Evil
Wynnum, Queensland
21195 posts
The new Mortal Kombat game is one of the best games to play with mates when drinking. So much damn fun.
03:50pm 15/01/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10675 posts
I can post?
06:04pm 15/01/13 Permalink
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
8118 posts
Actually, MK:KE on triple screen 27" for PC would be insane!
06:17pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Sanguinicus
1 posts
I imported a copy from the UK (on 360). Can I play with players of Komplete Edition if it gets classified?
06:25pm 15/01/13 Permalink
Nick
10 posts
It is interesting as I would think if this gets banned then expect any other mortal kombat release to be refused as well as any other game that normally wouldn't fit into the MA15 slot. My feelings are R18 is the new MA15 and we will see about 90% of the normal MA15 releases get an R18. Call of duty and GTA are going to be R18 no doubt about that.

I could be wrong and I hope that I am and we get MK Komplete on our shelves very soon!
08:13pm 15/01/13 Permalink
WirlWind
Central Coast, New South Wales
494 posts
Looks like most Aussie gamers are going to be looking at this in the future and seeing if what alot of people have been saying is true or not (the whole R18 = MA15 thing).

I, for one, am seriously hoping to be proven wrong.
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