Here's a real shocker of a newsflash: Mortal Kombat has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board. Yeah, that means it's been banned down under.
According to IGN AU's anonymous source, retailers in Australia have been told to remove all promotional material from their stores and cancel pre-orders. The tipster's email also noted, however, that this decision could be overturned later down the road.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released an official statement regarding the ban but did not mention any intentions to appeal the board's decision.
"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," the statement reads. "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."