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Yes, the next installment of the iconic versus fighter series Mortal Kombat, has been refused classification in Australia by the Australian Classification Board. Stores have been ordered to remove cases and signage displaying the game as part of the “banning” of Mortal Kombat 9.

Official statement from Warner Bros. Interactive:

The highly anticipated video game Mortal Kombat, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in Australia, has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia. We are extremely disappointed that Mortal Kombat, one of the world’s oldest and most successful video games franchises, will not be available to mature Australian gamers.

WBIE would not market mature content where it is not appropriate for the audience. We understand that not all content is for every audience, but there is an audience for mature gaming content and it would make more sense to have the R18+ classification in Australia. As a member of the iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time.

Sad news indeed for Australian Mortal Kombat fans, which doesn’t bode well for other titles that “cross the line”. Will the enigmatic Duke Nukem be the next to fall at the hands of the Draconian Classification board in Australia?