The upcoming Mortal Kombat
reboot has been banned in Australia, the latest victim of the country's stringent policy on games with violent content.
According to consumer site IGN, Australian Classification Board has refused to classify the violent game
, which means it "will not be released in Australia."
In a statement made by a Warner Bros. spokesperson, the company said "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." argued Warner Bros.
"As a member of the [Australian video game trade body] iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time", the firm concluded.
Warner Bros. revealed recently
that the game will be released in April, and feature an appearance from God of War
's Kratos in the PS3 version.