Warner Brothers Interactive Australia is all set to challenge the decision of the Australian Classification Board on refusing the classification of the upcoming fighter simulation Mortal Kombat, they will also submit a version of the game which is unedited after the concerns raised by the country’ classification board.
The Australian Classification Board had last week refused to grant the Warner Bros. title Mortal Kombat a classification, effectively banning it from being released in the country. The refusal of the board to grant a classification rating to the game makes any sale, promotion and import of the game in the country illegal. This decision caused the gaming community of Australia to come out in revolt against the classification board, even the retailers came out supporting Warner Bros. in the demand for a complete change in the outdated classification procedures of the country.
Only a couple of days after the decision the Australian office of Warner Bros has come out and challenged the ruling in hopes of somehow getting the game released in Australia. The spokespersons of the firm said in a public statement that the company has considered the ruling carefully and has come up with the decision to oppose it. After reading the original decision of the board along with considering the gameplay, they believe that the content in Mortal Kombat is on par with that of some other similar games which are currently available in the country. The company is committed to making the title available to fans in Australia at any cost and it has submitted an identical version of the game for appeal.
The original classification decision had been made due to the overtly “violent” content in the game which included instances of blood spray. This was not deemed in keeping with the highest 15+ classification available in the country.