In my daily browsing of the web for gaming news, Patrick Kolan from IGN AU has just reported that Mortal Kombat 9 is to be refused classification in Australia with an expected attempt to have this decision overturned in the future.
Three outcomes to this.
Mortal Kombat banned in AU (with imports for PS3 & X360 from UK) potential repercussions for tourneys using MK considering it is banned.
Mortal Kombat is released in AU with an overturned decision by the Australian Classification Board.
Released in AU with censorship ala Left for Dead 2.
Find the article here: Mortal Kombat Banned in Australia - Xbox 360 News at IGN,
update when Warner Bros makes their announcement at how dissapointed they are in the AU classification board. :
Update From Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
*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.*