Censoring video games has been something many developers have had to deal with for a long time by having to go through some intensive measures to hide extreme violence or things that seem offensive. Even major franchises have had to remove and censor content, such as Fallout 3 having skipped out on releasing in India due to the offensiveness of the irradiated cow-like brahmin or The Witcher 3’s nudity being completely cut in Japan and in the Middle East.
At the Chopping Block
The most recent victim of this censorship is the anticipated Mortal Kombat 11, an extremely violent fighting game that features dismemberment, eye-gouging, intestine spilling fun all wrapped in a package with very realistic and detailed graphics. According to this entry on SteamDB, the game will not be released in Japan or Indonesia due to the excessive violence violating the regulations in Japan and violating morality laws in Indonesia.
Typically, censored versions of games are set to release beside or slightly after the full release, but Warner Brothers has made no notion of making a censored version. This may be due to the extreme concentration of violence and the effort involved in censoring such a large portion of the game. Sorry Japanese Mortal Kombat fans!
Is There Any Good News, Though?
Well, even though Warner Brothers hasn’t made any announcements to accommodate the censorship of the regions, past entries have all made it to release in Japan and Indonesia. Mortal Kombat 11 will more than likely be no exception and will have a censored version out at some point.
Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 23 on all platforms, including the Switch and PC.