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WB Interactive Unchanged in WarnerMedia Corporate Shuffle
Internal memo address WBIE status.

The fate of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment remains the subject of intense speculation since reports that parent company AT&T may be interested in selling, but an internal memo released to WarnerMedia staff has addressed stability amidst a major corporate shuffle.

CEO Jason Kilar sent the e-mail on August 7th, which has also been made available via the corporate press room. It addresses a drastic streamlining of divisions within the company, centered around the elevation of the HBO Max streaming service. This includes passing reference to WB Interactive, which will remain under the purview of WB Chair & CEO Ann Sarnoff. The relevant excerpt appears below:

The Warner Bros. Motion Pictures Group continues to be led by Chairman Toby Emmerich. Warner Bros. Television Studios group continues to be led by Chairman Peter Roth. Warner Bros. Interactive remains part of the Studios and Networks group, along with our Global Brands and Franchises team including DC led by Pam Lifford, and our Kids, Young Adults and Classics business led by Tom Ascheim, all focused on engaging fans with our brands and franchises through games and other interactive experiences.

The restructuring has seen massive layoffs at DC Comics and DC Universe streaming, both directly impacted by the prioritizing of HBO Max. DC Direct in-house merchandising has also suffered significant cutbacks according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

With the focus of the memo chiefly on HBO Max, few conclusions can be drawn regarding the future of Warner Bros gaming divisions. It is unclear if no news is good news, but business appears to continue as normal for now, with Rocksteady Studios announcing a Suicide Squad game, and NetherRealm Studios continuing to hire for key positions.

Ed Boon is scheduled to appear later this month at the DC FanDome 24-hour virtual fan event, which included Mortal Kombat 11 in a promotional hype trailer. MK11 is releasing new downloadable skins this month. The Injustice series also made a recent return with a new comic book series.

Will the release of this information settle things down before the convention? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Discuss these stories more in the Future MK and DC Universe Injustice forums.

Ed Boon Confirmed for DC FanDome Event
Game developer to appear at virtual event.

It will be a star-studded event when the DC FanDome virtual convention goes live for 24 hours on August 22nd! We spotted Baraka in the teaser trailer, but a new guest list released by DC Comics promises a whole lot of special celebrity guests, including NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon! Take a look:

NetherRealm Studios has established close ties with DC Comics as the team behind a franchise launched with the Injustice: Gods Among Us fighting game. DC also published comics based on Mortal Kombat X, with a subsequent ambitious comics project rumored to have been explored for a time.

Boon's name can be spotted scrolling through at the 6 second mark, confirming the developer's involvement in the massive multimedia celebration. We've isolated a still shot below, just in case you had trouble seeing it:

Boon already joked about rubbing shoulders with Dwayne Johnson in the alphabetical list, quipping to Twitter: "That's right, I'm on a panel with Dwayne Johnson! #NotTrue #AlphabetListing" He may've ruled out a panel with the upcoming live-action Black Adam star, but he hasn't revealed what we should expect from the fan event appearance.

It could be a good time to reveal some upcoming skin packs: The Klassic Femme Fatale Pack will be released just three days after the event, with All Hallow's Eve skins to follow shortly after for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath owners.

Injustice has also just returned with Injustice: Year Zero: a digital-first prequel comic that will reveal the fate of the Justice Society, and the reason for The Joker's infamous attack that drove Superman to establish his Regime. Series writer Tom Taylor is one of the names confirmed in the guest list released to social media. Take a closer look below:

Ed Boon will make his appearance even as rumors of a potential sale of WB Games casts an uncertain future. Mortal Kombat and the Chicago based development studio became part of the Warner Brothers empire -- which also owns DC Comics -- in a 2009 purchase. Microsoft have reportedly expressed interest.

What do you realistically expect to see from Ed Boon at the DC FanDome? What would you like to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below and discuss more from the 24 hour event in the DC Universe Injustice forum.

Mortal Kombat 11 August Console Patch Notes
Notes for character tweaks in v 1.21.

The latest Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath update is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. Along with the addition of the RoboCop Announcer Voice, it addresses a shortlist of updates, with minor changes to the majority of the playable roster. Read on for the full list:

    General Gameplay Adjustments
  • Move list corrections
  • Adjusted the minimum health requirement for many Brutalities that have that as a requirement

  • Kombat League / Online
  • Forever King Lobbies will no longer sometimes prevent users from joining after the room been full but now has open slots
  • The Reward Screen after a Kombat League Season has ended no longer has an additional confirmation prompt when dismissed

  • Character Specific Adjustments
  • Cassie - Fixed a rare issue with drone moves could become disabled if BL-118 Energy Bounce was interrupted at a specific time during certain circumstances
  • Cetrion - The Smoked Flesh Brutality now has the requirement “hold Down during hit”
  • Cetrion - Deadly Winds & Deadly Winds Amplify visual effects no longer sometimes linger after they have been projectile destroyed
  • D’Vorah - Fixed a rare issue which could cause her Ovipositors to disappear during gameplay under certain circumstances
  • Erron Black - Fixed issue with hat using an incorrect animation if time out loss occurs at specific timing as forward throw connects
  • Geras - The Break Down Brutality now has the requirement “hold Down during hit”
  • Jade - The Looking Good Brutality now has the requirement “hold Away during hit”
  • Jax - The I Said Sleep Brutality now has the requirement “hold Down during hit”
  • Johnny Cage - The And The Award Goes To Brutality no longer requires the Say Cheese Gear Ability
  • Kano - The Bonzer Brutality now requires “hold Away during hit”
  • Kitana - The Punished Brutality requirement is now “hold Down during hit”
  • Kitana - Edenian Fade is no longer throw immune when she has landed and now displays Punish instead of Kounter when hit during its landing frames
  • Kitana - Arcing Sai (Edenian Fade) now displays Punish instead of Kounter when hit during its recovery frames
  • Kollector - The Slice Slice Slice Brutality now has the requirement “hold Towards during hit” and no longer requires first hit
  • Kollector - Adjusted visual effect location for the Relic Lure impact effect
  • Kung Lao - Fixed issue with Hat using an incorrect animation if a time out loss occurs at specific timing as Toward Throw connects
  • Raiden - The Brutal Bolt Brutality now has the requirement “hold Up during hit”
  • Raiden - Power Discharge (Away + Front Punch, Back Punch, Front Punch + Front Kick) now has an adjusted hit region while the opponent is in a kombo
  • Skarlet - Bloodshot Amplify can no longer not have a projectile spawn when done with specific timing
  • Skarlet - Fixed issue with Dagger disappearing during gameplay if her throw is interrupted at specific timing
  • Sub-Zero - The Big Leg Brutality requirement is now “hit 4 Brutal Kicks during match” (was 6)
  • Sub-Zero – The End of Round Taunt Ice Clone Teleport will no longer sometimes cause Sub-Zero to become invisible in rare circumstances
  • Sub-Zero - Fixed (Air) Polar Axe using an incorrect animation in a Tower match when done immediately after the match has begun
  • Shao Kahn - The Charging Through Brutality now has the requirement “hold Away during hit”
  • Shao Kahn - The Head Kabob Brutality no longer requires first hit
  • Shao Kahn - The Nothing Left Brutality now has the requirement “hold Down during hit”
  • Shang Tsung - The Inclement Weather Brutality now has the requirement “hold Down during hit”
  • Shang Tsung - Fixed a rare visual issue when morphing into Raiden that could causing his cape to use an incorrect animation
  • Nightwolf - The No Leg to Stand On Brutality now has the requirement “hold Down during hit” and no longer requires first hit
  • Nightwolf - Fixed Razor's Edge (Away + Front Kick, Back Kick, Front Punch + Front Kick) now does the correct chip damage on block
  • Joker - The Head Case Brutality requirement is now “perform ‘C C D D E G E C’ 3 times” (was 5)
  • Terminator - Terminate armor is no longer sometimes removed when his Fatal Blow misses or is blocked
  • Terminator - Terminate visual effects will no longer linger after a Mercy is performed
  • Fujin - Wind Barrier is now able to parry Liu Kang's jump & hop attacks, Frost's Hop Kick, and Kollector's Hop Kick
  • Fujin - Wind Barrier will no longer sometimes have lingering visual effects when it is interrupted
  • Fujin - Fixed some rare audio issues when Whirlwind (Away + Back Punch, Front Punch + Front Kick) and Tailwind (Towards + Back Punch, Front Punch + Front Kick) are interrupted
  • Fujin - AI can now perform the attack followups to Sky Wakka
  • RoboCop - Missing with various attacks under certain circumstances will no longer enable autoblock when opponent is in the Cheval Trap Amplify or Electric Grenade Amplify hit reactions
  • RoboCop – Fixed a visual issue with Cobra Cannon using an improper animation for the first few frames in certain circumstances
  • RoboCop - Active Patrol and Reactive Patrol now displays Punish instead of Kounter when hit during its recovery frames
  • Sheeva - Fixed an audio issue with Untamed Fury Amplify sometimes missing sound effects

Happy with the adjustments? Think there's still something that needs to be tweaked? Share your thoughts in the comments below and find & discuss more on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum.

Mortal Kombat 11 Adds RoboCop Announcer Voice
Peter Weller calls kombat!

Actor Peter Weller brought added authenticity to guest fighter RoboCop by lending his voice and likeness to the immortal movie character. Now you can hear more of his intonations by unlocking the newly added RoboCop Announcer Voice!

Despite being mostly covered in the iconic RoboCop suit, we learned Peter Weller underwent an extensive and illuminating scanning process at NetherRealm Studios. What we didn't realise was that he'd also recorded a complete announcer option for the game you can currently unlock for 1,000 Time Krystals in the Premium Shop!

RoboCop is a featured guest included with Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expansion DLC, perfectly matching up against franchise rival Terminator, who sadly lacks the genuine voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite sharing his likeness from last year's sequel release Terminator: Dark Fate.

Selecting the RoboCop announcer option will find Peter Weller reading the rights of every match with his recognizably emotionless voice. We can only suppose OCP has updated his protocols to include the fighters and routine rituals of kombat! Come quietly to the comments below to share your thoughts. Check out the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for more, or there will be... trouble.

Baraka Spotted in DC FanDome Event Trailer
Baraka makes the big time!

It looks like Baraka has become one of DC Comics' biggest names -- at least according to the DC FanDome trailer. Mortal Kombat 11's toothy Tarkatan made a surprising appearance in the video hyping this month's virtual convention event. Take a closer look:

Blink and you'll miss it! Baraka sharpens his blades around the 18 second mark, appearing on a virtual screen to the right of picture for close to 2 seconds.

Before we get too excited about the unlikely association: DC FanDome has been hyping DC properties in a variety of multimedia platforms. The Baraka featured is the previously released Killer Croc Skin, referencing a well known Batman villain who also had a transition cameo in Injustice 2. We've included a screenshot below:

Injustice has just made its return with the 14-part digital-first Year Zero series to tell the backstory to the Injustice world. Mortal Kombat 11 did not receive a DC Comics tie-in series, but there was at one time another ambitious project in the works at the publisher.

The 24 hour FanDome event takes place -- just a few days before the release of the upcoming Klassic Femme Fatale Skin Pack. Could an MK11 reveal be included? Share your speculation and wish list in the comments below! Join in on more relevant topics in the Mortal Kombat 11 and DC Universe Injustice forums!