Despite a huge amount of hype in preparation for its release, Mortal Kombat 11 releases in Japan and Indonesia won’t be happening. This, unsurprisingly, is due to the huge amount of blood and violence in the game, which conflicts with laws in both of those countries and is thus preventing the game’s release.
The fact that Mortal Kombat 11 won’t be releasing in Japan is especially odd given that Japan allowed Mortal Kombat X to be released, making it seem like either some kind of double-standard, or a very inconsistent censorship board. These sorts of issues are a constant problem for the Mortal Kombat team.
One of Mortal Kombat’s most well-known aspects is the sheer brutality of its combat, with huge amounts of blood and gruesome injuries. However, in order for the game to be released in various regions with different censorship laws, NetherRealm Studios still has to sometimes either tone down a fatality or come up with a milder alternative. It appears that this time around it wasn’t enough for Japan or Indonesia.
There are hopes for the Mortal Kombat 11 releases in Japan, however. Normally in situations like this a censored version of the game is released in the country, but there hasn’t yet been any confirmation of a censored version releasing in Japan. One example of this is Resident Evil 7, which due to its gorier-than-usual content for a Resident Evil game was censored in Japan.
Warner Bros Games has, however, confirmed that if you pre-ordered the game and live in Indonesia, then you’ll receive a free refund. If you want to play the game there, you’ll either have to import it or find some other way to play it. And if you can’t find (or don’t want to find) another way, you can always at least watch the story mode’s cutscenes on YouTube.
Everywhere else that Mortal Kombat 11 releases will be continuing as normal, you’ll be able to play the game when it releases on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on April 23, tomorrow. If you want to play it on the Switch, you’ll have to wait until May 10.