While no one is particularly surprised by the news of Mortal Kombat being banned in Australia, gamers are no less irritated by the decision.
Initially, Warner Bros. Interactive appeared unmoved by the classification board's verdict, stating they were "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." Well, it looks like the publisher has taken some time to review their options, and they've issued a new statement regarding an appeal.
That's right, Warner Bros. is appealing the ban, and interestingly enough, they've resubmitted the game without any edits. Why? Because they're arguing that the content found in Mortal Kombat is no less violent than that found in other games already on the market.
"After careful consideration Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Australia have decided to appeal to the Australian Classification Review Board against the RC (Refused Classification) decision given to Mortal Kombat," the publisher explained in their statement.
"After reviewing both the game play and the Board's original decision WBIE Australia believe the violence in the game is on par with numerous other titles readily available for sale in the Australian market. As such the company wants to exhaust all options to make the game available to Mortal Kombat fans in this country. An identical version of the game will be submitted for appeal."
Cross your fingers, folks. If all goes according to plan, Aussie gamers will be getting MK after all -- possibly uncensored, even.