News Archive - January, 2004
Linden Ashby Talk Show Video Now Online
With a little assistance, Cory "Shinnokxz" Hansen of the The Unofficial Mortal Kombat 3 Homepage was able to get a video clip of Linden Ashby discussing Johnny Cage's role in the future MK3 movie and make it available for download.

Click here to download the video now!

MK6 Makes IGNs Most Anticipated Games of 2004!
PS2 IGN has published an article entitled The Most Anticipated Games of 2004, and among the titles listed is Midway's Mortal Kombat 6! From the article:
Ever since Midway first acknowledged the existence of Mortal Kombat VI with us in mid-2003, the company has been eerily quiet regarding the game's future whereabouts. But with online retailers like EB World and Gamestop occasionally listing the game in their databases, it's almost a definite that we're going to see it this year. Expect to see more interactive environments, multiple fatalities, and the ever-elusive online play when this one is officially announced over the next couple of months. Bet on it!
While IGN refers to the game as "Mortal Kombat VI", the official title is still unconfirmed. We'll report more on MK6 as news becomes available.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Our thanks to forum moderator Mobster4Christ and forum member |CAMK| for the heads-up on this story!
Game Informer Mentions MK3 Movie, and Writer Clarification
In Issue 130 of Game Informer magazine, there is a short article concerning Mortal Kombat. At the end of the article, the following comment is made:
Strangely though, a third Mortal Kombat film is in the works, with a script by Drew McWeeny of the popular movie site Aint It Cool News.
Based on this article, Cory "Shinnokxz" Hansen of The Unofficial Mortal Kombat 3 Homepage contacted Drew McWeeny, who had this to say:
I can tell you that in 2001, I was contracted with my writing partner to write MORTAL KOMBAT 3. We wrote several drafts of it at that point.

As I understand it, Threshhold has been dealing with legal rights issues for the two years since.

Word is, they're untangling those rights now finally and plan to move forward with the film. I seriously doubt we'll be doing any further work on it at this point, and I'm not sure what script they'll finally put in front of the camera.
In addition, there is now a sound rip of the program where Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage from the original movie) is commenting on having been shown a script on the same site. While this is not confirmation that the movie is in development, it is strong evidence that the movie is still in development.

To read McWeeny's response in its entirety and listen to the interview with Ashby, click here. The Game Informer article is not available online, but should be available on newsstands now!

Our thanks to forum/chat members Cham and Shinnokxz for the heads-up on this story!
MK6 To Be Named Mortal Kombat: Deception?
Dutch gaming website Gamer.nl is reporting that Midway Games has registered the trademark Mortal Kombat: Deception. A search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website confirms the existence of this entry. While this is not any kind of confirmation, it is strong evidence that this will be the name of the next Mortal Kombat game. In the meantime, we will contact our sources within Midway to see if we can get an official confirmation.

To read the article in its entirety, click here. Please note that the original article is written in Dutch.

Our thanks to MK5.ORG forum members RequieM and chief-sharif for the heads-up on this news story!
Midway Games appoints two new Directors to board
In an ongoing undertaking to reclaim its name as the leading prominent developer, Midway Games announced earlier today of the hiring of two more paramount figures in the industry to its board of directors. Making the total of board members at eleven, comes Robert Waxman and Jay Whipple. Both backed by their financial endowment of many years in the business, this is yet again one of many favorable changes within the company since the hiring of Steve Allison as CMO and John Romero and Tom Hall of Ion Storm. From the press release:
CHICAGO – January 6, 2004 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, announced today the appointments of Robert N. Waxman, CPA, 67, and Jay N. Whipple III, 47, as two new independent Board directors, effective December 31, 2003. Mr. Waxman also joins the Board's Audit Committee. The addition of Messrs. Waxman and Whipple brings the total number of directors on the Company's Board to eleven, nine of whom are independent.
To read the press release in its entirety click here.
MK5.ORG Network Sites Undergo Major Facelift
Along with the Kombat Pavilion's update last week, fellow MK5.ORG Network Sites Mortal Kombat Kourier and Mortal Kombat Shin have simultaneously relaunched today on New Year's. MKK opens with a ton of MK information and fan art, as well as multiple themes for users to choose from. MKShin's back-end system now sports integration with MK5.ORG's, allowing users to submit content using their existing account. All three network sites have some great stuff in the works for MK5.ORG, so be sure to check them out.