Publisher Warner Bros. has announced that the longtime arcade-fighting franchise, Mortal Kombat X has passed the Australian Classification Board, receiving a rating of R18+ which is Australia’s highest rating for video games.
According to the ACB, R18+ rating is given in the wake of high violence, online interaction, blood, and gore. Longtime fans of the franchise might not be surprised as the game’s certain brutal mechanics (say fatalities) are indeed not fit for younger audience.
The thing, however, that surprised me the most is that the board didn’t demand any sort of changes before the game gets published in the region.
The Australian Classification Board has been seen to outrightly ban certain video games for adult content. Some recent examples of this are Saints Row IV by Deep Silver and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. A retailer named Target even decided not to sell Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V because it had violence against women.
Furthermore, there are a number of games that were redone by the developers to make them fit for the Australian audience. Such titles include South Park: The Stick of Truth. State of Decay, Saints Row IV.
In related Mortal Kombat X news, NetherRealm continues to add more characters to the game’s roster – the most recent addition of which is Ermac. You can check the full reveal using this link!
Mortal Kombat X is scheduled to launch on Apr. 15, 2015 for PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.