Looks like the Aussies won’t be enjoying brutal fatalities and fights-till-the-death this April as the Australian Ratings Board have banned the game. They came to a consensus that the game could not be given the rating of MA15+, which is the most mature classification they allow.
“The game includes over 60 fatalities, which contain explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment, and other brutal forms of slaughter,” the official Board report stated. “Despite the exaggerated conceptual nature of the fatalities and their context within a fighting game set in a fantasy realm, impact is heightened by the use of graphics, which are realistically rendered and very detailed. In the opinion of the Board, the game contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is unsuitable for a minor to see or play. The game should therefore be Refused Classification pursuant to item 1(d) of the computer games table of the National Classification Board.”
Warner Bros is appealing this decision but we’ll have to wait to see how this one turns out.