Sad news today for fighting game fans based on Australia, as PALGN has just gotten word that the Australian Classification Board has rated the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot as 'RC', which stands for 'Refused Classification'. This means that Mortal Kombat, originally slated for a release later this year on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will not be released in the country.
Developed by NetherRealm Studios, Mortal Kombat was meant to be the ninth installment in the series and the first to be published exclusively at Warner Bros. following the demise of Midway. Mortal Kombat is the first title in the series to include 3D graphics with gameplay solely on the 2D plane (2.5D). The developers also stated that this is the first game in which they are making a conscious effort to create deeper gameplay for more dedicated players of the series and of fighting games in general.
We'll provide you with an official word once it has been made available. We would like to direct attention to the ongoing Everyone Plays campaign, which aims to provide Australia with a fair rating system to protect children from mature rated video games, and allow adults to play the games of their choice.
UPDATE: IGN has posted an official response from Mortal Kombat publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, stating;
"The highly anticipated video game Mortal Kombat, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in Australia, has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia. We are extremely disappointed that Mortal Kombat, one of the world's oldest and most successful video games franchises, will not be available to mature Australian gamers.
WBIE would not market mature content where it is not appropriate for the audience. We understand that not all content is for every audience, but there is an audience for mature gaming content and it would make more sense to have the R18+ classification in Australia. As a member of the iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time."