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Mortal Kombat 11 is cancelled in Ukraine, likely due to USSR skin

Published: 13:25, 18 April 2019
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Promotional image for Kold War Skarlet in Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 - Kold War Skarlet

Warner Bros. have cancelled the release of NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 in Ukraine due to the title not complying with local laws. While not officially confirmed, it's likely due to Kold War Skarlet.

Mortal Kombat 11's release in Ukraine has been cancelled mere days before the planned release. Everyone first looked to the regional publisher SoftClub for answersm, yet it appears the call was not made by them, but rather by Warner Bros.

A Ukrainian gaming website, PlayUA, inquired with WB Games Support to see what the reasoning behind the decision was and the support staff answered by stating that Mortal Kombat 11 did not comply with Ukrainian laws.

They did not, however, say which specific laws the game didn't comply with. PlayUA suspected this may be connected to the Kold War Scarlet skin pictured above but Warner Bros. refused to confirm or deny this.

The reason why the skin would be an issue in Ukraine is that this is a special edition bonus for the Russian market and Ukraine usually gets the same version of any given game. Therefore, Ukrainian players would also be able to acquire the skin.

Ukrainian law strictly regulates any media or imagery that prominently displays Soviet or Nazi symbolism. With the name of the skin referencing "Kold War", combined with Skarlet's red colour scheme and the hat reminiscent of a Soviet officer uniform one, it is not hard to see where the Ukrainian government might find their cause for objection.

WarnerBros. picture showing two guys fighting Mortal Kombat 11

Those who pre-ordered digitally through Steam or PlayStation Store will soon receive full refunds, but will sadly not have access to the game. The only thing Warner Bros. had to say about this is that the decision will be reviewed in the future, should the laws in Ukraine change.

Mortal Kombat 11 is a fighting game by NetherRealm Studios

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