It’s an increasing trend for games to be re-released after just a year or two on-shelf, in a new bundle featuring DLC, expansions, and other fun bits and pieces not included with the original game. The latest one is Mortal Kombat, the “Komplete Edition” – and the big news this time around is that it might just see release in Australia.
2011’s original fighting reboot, also known as Mortal Kombat 9 was unceremoniously refused classification (banned from sale or display), due to an unsurprising amount of strong violence. Since then, the PlayStation Vita version met the same fate, with the Board believing that while the screen-size had been reduced, the impact had not.
Now though, just a matter of months later, Australia has grown up. It has recieved an R18+ adults-only rating for video games, and the first R rated game is on its way. Warner Bros had repeatedly denied any plans to resubmit the bloodthirsty beat’em’up for classification under the new regime, but it seems that this new version might provide the publisher with a very convenient alternative.
The Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition was released internationally in February 2012, and hadn’t even been considered for Australian audiences until now. The new pack features four DLC characters (Rain, Kenshi, Skarlet and Freddy Krueger), as well as three original fatalities for Reptile, Scorpion and Sub-Zero. There’s also a soundtrack thrown in, plus – wait for it – a copy of the 1995 Mortal Kombat film as an extra bonus.
No date has been announced for this Australian release (the game is still happily on sale in other territories) – we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Classification Board for updates.