Mortal Kombat 11 Pulled from Ukrainian Marketplaces
The game was removed because of the "local laws"
Earlier this April, Ukrainian gamers were surprised to see Mortal Kombat 11, which was scheduled to release on April 23, vanish from the local PlayStation Store and Steam pages.
The community thought of this as a mistake, until Ukrainian website PlayUA confirmed the worst — it seems that Mortal Kombat 11 will not be available in Ukraine. First, regional publisher of the game, SoftClub, answered that the decision to pull the game lies on the global publisher Warner Bros. and they had no say in it.
Then, PlayStation support answered the publication’s inquiry with the following:
In response to your appeal on the disappearance of the game MK11 from PSN, we inform you that this game will no longer be published in the Ukrainian region. This decision was made by Warner Brothers.
Finally, the journalists got to the WBGames Support itself via Twitter direct messages. Unfortunately, their answer didn’t really differ from PlayStation although it provided a bit more insight into the situation:
The release of Mortal Kombat 11 in Ukraine was canceled to ensure compliance with local laws. While there is no word on which laws in particular the game breached, the community suggests that the reason for this is the law "on the condemnation of the communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes".
This law prohibits any public demonstration of Soviet and Nazi symbols. Russian versions of Mortal Kombat 11, however, include an exclusive Soviet outfit for Skarlet, which you can see below:
Since Ukrainian gamers usually get the same exact games as Russian ones, it is highly possible that the existence of this single outfit in the game’s special edition may have been the reason Ukrainian government banned the game altogether.
It is worth noting that Mortal Kombat 11 was only pulled from online stores — local fans are still able to pre-order physical editions of the game. Those who have already paid for the title in digital will receive full refunds sometime soon.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.