Mortal Kombat (MK9) Australian Ban: Warner Bros. to Appeal

Both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners living in Australia were left feeling disappointed and frustrated last week, when it was announced that NetherRealm Studio’s highly anticipated fighting game Mortal Kombat 2011 (MK9) had unfortunately been banned in their country.

As we mentioned in a previous article here, the Australian Classification Board refused to classify the Mortal Kombat game, due to the material being too violent for the maximum rating of MA15+. However, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has decided to appeal the decision.

According to a recent article over at, Warner Bros. originally said they were investigating all their options, and have now announced that they are appealing the decision and will effectively resubmit the game to the Australian Classification Board.

WBIE Australia believes that the violence in the Mortal Kombat game is on par with various other titles that have already been made available to Australian gamers. In other words, the publisher has no intentions of modifying or censoring the MK9 title.

As noted in a recent report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Warner Bros. are even thinking of hiring Classification Board deputy director Paul Hunt to help them with their appeal. Hunt has previously been involved in successful appeals for games such as Alien vs. Predator and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.

What do you think of the Australian Classification Board’s decision to ban the game from Australia?

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Written by Tina Chubb

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