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Family Guy Drops Klassic Mortal Kombat Reference
Long running animated series enables blood mode!

For more than a quarter of a century Mortal Kombat has been part of the pop culture landscape, and if you were watching the long running animated series Family Guy this week, you would've heard a familiar deepcut among its cavalcade of references!


Watch: S18E06 Blood Code Joke | S17E10 Fatality Joke

"Peter & Lois' Wedding" is the sixth episode of Season 18 and recounts the romantic meeting of the series' lead characters. Set in the nineties, Peter Griffin enters the scene [above] in desperate need of vital information: namely the Blood Code for the first Mortal Kombat on Sega Genesis.

Like most klassic kombat fans, Lois effortlessly rattles off ABACABB: the button combination that had to be entered at a precise screen during the game's startup. If done correctly, the Sega port would then feature the blood spatters Mortal Kombat was famous for -- a key difference that earned it favour over its Nintendo equivalent!

This isn't the first time Mortal Kombat has been referenced by Family Guy. Series 17, Episode 10 featured a violent confrontation at the dinner table that quickly escalated into a fight complete with health bars and fatality! Watch the embedded clip in the player above.

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Mortal Kombat has long exhibited a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor in its games, and it can occasionally be found at the intersection of pop culture and comedy. Jimmy Fallon went deep when he referenced Onaga on The Tonight Show in 2014, while Conan O'Brien has been more hands-on, playing Mortal Kombat X and creating his own Injustice character!

What are your favourite Mortal Kombat comedy moments? Run to the comments below to share the biggest laughs, or teleport to the 2D Kombat Klassics to discuss other retro codes and klassic characters!

Mortal Kombat 11 Crossover Rejected By Street Fighter Developer
Capcom rejected an MK11 guest fighter!

For decades the rivalry between Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter has spurred fans to debate the supremacy of their preferred franchise. A bona fide crossover has been a pipe dream for almost as long, but according to a new interview with Street Fighter V developer Yoshinori Ono, a formal proposal was rejected as recently as Mortal Kombat 11! Full story:

Ed Boon shared a happy snap with his Japanese counterpart at this year's Brasil Game Show [above], where the pair discussed the rejected proposal for a Street Fighter guest character in the latest installment of Mortal Kombat.

Ono recounted the situation in an interview with Eurogamer, explaining that the final verdict wasn't his decision: "There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters.".

Although Street Fighter has crossed over with many franchises, including American comic book publisher Marvel and rival developer SNK, it has rarely dabbled in the kind of extreme violence typified by Mortal Kombat. To date, most of Mortal Kombat's guest fighters have come from R rated movie franchises, with a notable exception made with toned down finishing moves for 2008's Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe.

Ed Boon did say he wanted to get a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat but wasn't allowed. Was it you who denied it?
It's true that a proposal for a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat was rejected by Capcom. But it wasn't me personally! There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters. I actually met Ed at the Brazil game show and spoke to him personally about it. So it's true - but I didn't make the decision!

Is it just the fact the two worlds don't mix?
That was the major concern of our licensing.

Mortal Kombat has lots of guest characters from various different universes. Is that something you might consider for Street Fighter?
We don't necessarily rule anything out. We've had our share of crossovers over the years - Marvel vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. From Ed Boon's side they had Injustice that had various universes colliding. It didn't work out this time, but Capcom is interested in doing that kind of thing. If we can get something we feel good about, we could move quite quickly to make that happen.

In 2010, former NetherRealm Studios developer Hector Sanchez called the eventual crossover between franchises "inevitable". Indeed, both series can still be readily found side by side in various action figure and merchandising lines.

The aesthetic and philosophical differences between the two series is ultimately what makes a crossover difficult, but so intriguing. The chance to see Mortal Kombat's icons reinterpreted with the visual flair of Street Fighter is an interesting one, but negotiating creative ownership and development of such a title may mean waiting for the stars to align. Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken showed the dangers of an overcrowded market, leading Namco's counterpart title to be abandoned.

Capcom has resisted the temptation of crossover characters in its extensive mult-season run of 22 Street Fighter V downloadable characters, but iconic anti-villain Gouki appeared as a narratively integrated guest in Namco's recent breakout success Tekken 7. Ono himself notes that Capcom is open to these kinds of deals, and under the right circumstances, "we could move quite quickly to make that happen." A post-release exchange of DLC may be the most fitting way for a crossover to occur in future sequels.

With Ed Boon recently describing Mortal Kombat 11 as "the end of the story" -- could the future hold some kind of all-out crossover for MK? Would you like to see MK finally challenge the icons of Street Fighter? Take the fight to the comments below and tell us what you think!

Ed Boon Shares 2 Sindel Mortal Kombat 11 Screenshots
The scream queen returns in November!

Edenia's revenant ruler Sindel is set to make a playable comeback at the end of this month. Ahead of her official unveiling: Ed Boon has released two new screenshots of the DLC scream queen in Mortal Kombat 11! Take a look:


Sindel was last in the hands of players in Mortal Kombat (2011), but also made a non-playable appearance as a revenant in 2015's Mortal Kombat X. She will appear next as the fourth downloadable character in the Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack, following on the heels of last month's guest release: The T-800.

Boon teased a first look at Sindel way back in July ahead of her appearance in the Kombat Pack trailer. References to the popular MK3 addition have even made their way onto locations for the Mortal Kombat movie!

Are you hyped for the November 28th return of Sindel? Float into the comments below and make some noise for the next returning MK fighter! Keep your eyes on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for an official trailer and more discussion!

Mortal Kombat 11 By The Numbers
Infographic krunches the numbers of play!

Every action you take in Mortal Kombat 11 helps define you and your favourite customizable fighters. It also feeds into a massive database of gameplay information and statistics curated by NetherRealm Studios! They recently shared some of these numbers in a toasty infographic. Check it out:

Scorpion reigns supreme as the most used fighter in online and ranked matches, accumulating the most victories in the process. With that frequency also comes fatalities -- making the mascot ninja the most killed fighter, too!

Liu Kang has a competitive edge as the third most used character in ranked matches. Noob Saibot has the honor overall, featuring more heavily in casual and unranked kombat!

Mortal Kombat 11 has been one of the most successful entries in the long running series and that's reflected in a staggering 205, 262, 299 hours of play since the game's release in April!

The game recently added to its playable roster with crossover guest The Terminator, and will expand again at the end of this month when Sindel returns as part of the The Kombat Pack. Follow and discuss your own observations on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Ed Boon Teases Big Mortal Kombat Surprise In 2020
Creative Director teases an end and the future!

With this month's release of The Terminator: Mortal Kombat 11 is now halfway through its Kombat Pack DLC expansion. The sixth and final character will arrive March next year, but in an interview at the Brasil Game Show, Ed Boon has suggested there may still be a big surprise to come in 2020! Read on for details:

Asked via translator if there was any news he could share about new or future Mortal Kombat projects, Boon answered with a reserved and slightly cryptic "yes and no".

The Creative Director went on to allude to Mortal Kombat 11 being viewed as an end to the Mortal Kombat story, with more characters still coming to the game, and a "big surprise" in 2020. The Sao Paolo interview clip can be watched in the embedded video above.

The story of Mortal Kombat, we're pretty much calling this one the end of the story, but we're certainly not through with Mortal Kombat. You know, there's more characters that are going to come, and we have a big surprise coming next year for Mortal Kombat.

The MK11 Kombat Pack is scheduled to release Sindel in November, with comic book guest characters The Joker and Spawn bringing it to conclusion next year. The final download release is forecast as late as March.

Data-mining of the game revealed the possibility for additional characters still to be revealed for subsequent release. Listings for undetermined "Environments" and "Story" were also noted in the examined files. Data-mining and "Kombat Pack 2" have since been playfully referenced in-game via Terminator's victory sequence. Ed Boon previously confirmed the leak of the main roster in an interview with Gameinformer, but plans for additional characters remain unverified.

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It's unclear if Boon's interview has simply ruled out the possibility of additional DLC chapters for Story Mode, or if Mortal Kombat 11's time-bending plotline will indeed serve as an end to the saga.

MK11's story closed with the defeat of Kronika and the rise of Liu Kang as a god who will oversee the creation of a new timeline. It presents an ambiguously open-ended future for the series, similiar to 2006's Armageddon, with the prospect of another cyclical reboot similar in circumstance to 2011's Mortal Kombat, which served as a slightly altered retelling of the original three games.

Avenues for speculation about the series' future span the mundane to the radical, with some fans choosing to put their hopes in remastered re-releases of past games. The schedule of the last decade has conditioned fans to expect an Injustice sequel around the corner, but a big surprise involving Mortal Kombat might spell something different. Rumors of animation and comic book projects continue to linger without result.

Big things are certainly on the horizon for the Mortal Kombat franchise as a whole. Filming in Australia will continue next year for a theatrical reboot release coming in 2021. What do you think the future holds? Dive into the comments below to share your thoughts and find more speculation for what's next in the Future Mortal Kombat forum!