The Board felt the violence in the game "exceeded strong in impact", which meant it was unsuitable for gamers under 15 years of age. Due to Australia's lack of an R18+ adult rating for video games, this meant the entire game was Refused Classification - effectively banning it from sale.
At the time, Warner Bros. said they were investigating all of their options, and today have decided to appeal the decision, and effectively resubmit the game.
A Warner Bros. spokesman explains:
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.
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.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Warner Bros. are considering bringing the big guns onboard for their appeal. They are apparently looking to hire Classification Board deputy director Paul Hunt, who has previously been involved in successful appeals for other Refused Classification titles such as F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin (another Warner Bros. title), and last year's Aliens vs. Predator.
We'll keep an eye on the case, and let you know as soon as anything changes.
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