Mortal Kombat 11 Skips Japan Release Due to Excessively Violent Content

Mortal Kombat 11, the next fighting game by NetherRealm Studios, was announced during The Game Awards. The game was given a release date of April 23rd 2019 for PC and consoles. It seems that Mortal Kombat 11 will be blocked from releasing on Steam in Japan.

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Japan is notorious for its weird and excessive censorship of violent video games. While Mortal Kombat X was still released in Japan, that will not be the case for the next one. Reports claim that Mortal Kombat 11 will not see a Japanese release. This is because the Japanese games rating board CERO does not allow games featuring extreme violence and gore to be released in the country.

According to the SteamDB listing of Mortal Kombat 11, the title will not be available to purchase in Japan. Normally for major titles such as this one, a censored version is released alongside or sometime after the global release. Due to the high amount of violence and gore, Resident Evil 7 was censored in Japan. In the case of Mortal Kombat 11, there is no news about a censored version. The only information we have is that the game will not be released in Japan.

“Ratings are different per region and amongst them, Japan tends to be on the stricter side,” says Resident Evil 7 Director Kōshi Nakanishi. “To be frank, it can sometimes be a challenge during development. When we think of a specific scene, thoughts such as “it will be difficult to deal with ratings” or “let’s make a milder scene” start creeping in.”

Unfortunately for Mortal Kombat 11 fans in Japan, it looks like NetherRealm will not go through the effort of censoring the game. After seeing just how laboring the task of censoring a game is, publisher Warner Bros. likely decided to skip a Japanese release altogether.

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  1. Japan loses out on violence and gore while the West celebrates it. The West loses out on fanservice and sexiness while Japan celebrates it.

  2. I think this has to do more with the behavior of evo japan tournament organizers rather than the game itself. DoA6 stood to lose a lot of money over the shit that they pulled.

  3. It’s probably not worth the money for them to localize it for Japan given that it’s a grindy microtransaction riddled piece of crap that no one is going to buy.

  4. Hmm I guess the game will have to toned down a bit before Japan will allow a release there. As far as games being censored go this isn’t anything new when it comes to violence/gore. Hell I remember reading Fallout 3 being altered/censored for it’s release in Japan back in 2008.

    The First Main quest when you get to megaton “megaton bomb” where you could defuse or set the charge, was completely removed from the Japanese version of the game. Mr.Burke was also removed to make sure you couldn’t trigger this event.

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