Unedited Version of Mortal Kombat X Gets R18+ Rating in Australia

Mortal Kombat X will go on sale in Australia in April with an R18+ rating, but the game won't require editing for its violent content to pass the nation's strict standards for entertainment media.

The highly anticipated Mortal Kombat X will hit store shelves in Australia on April 15 with a rating of R18+ - the highest rating a video game can receive in that country.

According to the Australian Classification Board's listing for the game, Mortal Kombat X will be receiving this strict rating due to "high impact violence, blood and gore, [and] online interactivity." The site also states that the rated version was the original - meaning no editing for the violent content was done before it was submitted.

This decision marks a drastic change from 2011, when NetherRealms rebooted the popular franchise and it was refused classification in Australia; at the time, the board did not have an R18+ rating for video games, and the sale of the game was effectively banned.

Mortal Kombat X will go on sale in Australia on April 15 and will be available on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox360, XBox One, and Windows PC.

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Jessa wears a lot of hats - anthropology graduate, mother, obsessive book nerd, writer of both fiction and non-fiction - but her favorite hat is that of the gamer - a hat she's worn since owning an Atari was a "big deal."

Published Feb. 8th 2015

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