Australian gamers will be well aware by now that the most recent Mortal Kombat title won't be heading our way, but that doesn't stop interesting events surrounding its release from unfolding. The latest piece of news concerns the growing rumours of consoles adopting online pass codes for retail games, with Joystiq reporting we might be seeing a similar situation for this title.
PC gamers have long experienced the bane of digital rights management, of which often demands products be 'activated' online before they can be played, or tethers online and activation codes to profiles preventing the games from being resold. According to Joystiq's source, a similar system will be on the way for games published under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, specifically Mortal Kombat and F.E.A.R. 3. Both games will supposedly ship with an online activation code, preventing the online multiplayer portions from being played until the code is activated and linked to your Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network account.
Supposedly WBIE's other major game, Batman: Arkham City, will also be supporting this online code system, though with no known confirmed multiplayer it does beg the question as to what for? Downloadable content locks? Locked features?
At the moment, this report is classified as a rumour, though with publishers eager to explode DRM systems on console platforms, don't be surprised to find it true sooner rather than later.