According to a report on Kotaku Australia Mortal Kombat has been refused classification in Australia. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment issued the following statement to the media:
"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."
"The granting of another RC to a video game clearly designed and targeted at ADULTS again highlights the shortcomings of the current classification scheme," said Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, in a statement to Kotaku. " In particular, the absence of an adult classification."
While an adult classification would be helpful to most mature-rated games, apparently Mortal Kombat still would have been refused classification based on its violent content.
Australians can still import the game, though we imagine there will be some sort of extra cost in doing so. No word on whether WBIE is considering modifying the game to meet classification requirements for a teen level rating in the region.
Source: Kotaku Australia by way of Cheater87.