News Archive - January, 2012
PS Vita Introduces Exclusive New Features
Full Kontact!

Multiple video previews for Mortal Kombat for the Playstation Vita have been rolled out in a coordinated reveal of new features! Gamespot had first blood on a hands-on tour of the game with NetherRealm Studios Producer and master of the much touted gameplay arts, Hector Sanchez!

IGN, Destructoid and PlayStation.Blog are giving the coming release more facetime with yet more promo demonstrations.

The handheld Komplete Edition version of the game adds new feature content, including a Test Your Balance mode that takes unique advantage of the accelerometer features of the handheld device. Sixteen additional costumes as alternates will be a popular new addition -- including outfits for the four DLC additional characters (Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain, Freddy Krueger), who are all included within the game!

Running at a console equivalent 60FPS (Frames Per Second); the "high fidelity" Vita experience has been spared no expense, with particular attention for recreating all the tropes that made Mortal Kombat a success on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a few added incentives. Previously confirmed touchscreen fatalities add new accessibility to the trademark finishing moves, inviting fans new and old to take a hands-on approach to the bloodiest aspects of the award winning fighter.

A refurbished Challenge Tower boasts 150 new challenges, with much requested new features like the chance to play as Shao Kahn -- which will unlock bonuses at regular intervals. Challenges include a variety of new innovations, including touchscreen attacks and mid-fight screen cleaning, for the blood soaked neatfreak. It's here that new costumes will be unlocked. New trophies and artwork bonuses have been added to Vita modes, as well.

Sony exclusive guest character, Kratos (God of War), will also return in the Vita version. Mortal Kombat arrives for the PlayStation Vita in Spring 2012. Gamespot have an unconfirmed release date of April 2nd. The Komplete Edition hits home consoles February 28 [full story].

Following a developing story; Gamespot report that digital copies of PS Vita games available for sale on the PlayStation Network will carry a reduced price. All Vita games are confirmed to be available for download. A Sony representative told Gamespot, "We can confirm that PS Vita games downloaded from the PS Store on PSN will carry a discount. Further details are not being revealed at this time, but please be on the lookout for an announcement in the very near future." 2011s Mortal Kombat recently joined the PSN store, for the PlayStation 3 [full story].

Mortal Kombat J!NX T-Shirts Now On Sale
Look Sharp With the Latest Fatal Fashions from J!NX!

Fans of Mortal Kombat new and old can wear their colours with pride thanks to the latest range of kombat creations from J!NX!

An eclectic mix of designs will have players dressed to kill, brandishing the latest MK Dragon Logo in a red/blue motif, along with tees featuring: Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero [pictured top], and the Liu Kang shadows fatality, released early last year.

With a healthy dose of flair and familiarity, Cage shirts will surely be a popular choice for enthusiasts. Balancing retro charm with the right amount of character reference; MK's comedy relief favourite plays to the cult of the split punch in graphic slogan and Daniel Pesina retro sprite designs. Sub-Zero also benefits from a cool new design.

Available in men's sizes Small to 2XL, with prices between $19.99 and $22.99, J!NX have affordable clothing for "gamers and geeks" in plenty of time for the Evo tournament season. All shirts are available to order on the website.

VGM TEC to Decide Chilean Evo 2012 Challenger!
Big Crowds in Chile as Paid Evo 2012 Trip goes on the Line at VGM TEC!

Despite not being an official stop on the Road to Evo 2012, a hefty field of eighty-one kombatants crammed the INACAP (Universidad Tecnologica de Chile) venue for a double-elimination Mortal Kombat bracket, at VGM TEC 2012!

The field was whittled down over the course of the day to just eight finalists who will compete January 29 to become the VGM Chilean champion! Fighting for a paid ticket to Las Vegas and guaranteed registration at Evo 2012 are Semi Finalists in both the Winners and Second-Chance Losers Brackets [via Challonge.com]!

Powering into the winners bracket: Semi Final 1 will see ETC McFly take on LaD.LURKER; while Semi Final 2 tests ETC.Devaud against Fire! Also on the card for Day 2: EmE--H2 vs Markos_LP and TC_Sicario vs Dready Style round out competition in the losers bracket.

The VGM TEC 2012 Mortal Kombat finals will be streamed live via Twitch.tv/VGMTEC at 5:00PM local time . For more details, visit VGM.com (Spanish). Mortal Kombat Online will update with the winners as information becomes available.

Watch live video from vgmtec on www.twitch.tv

Edit Jan. 29: Day two in Chile saw the Top Eight players return for their chance to walk the road to Evo Championships 2012 with paid tickets to Las Vegas and registration for the tournament.

Two sets of Semi Finals in winner/loser brackets delivered a tournament finale in the form of LaD.LURKER versus ETC Devaud! With a global audience watching online, their final encounter would be staged in the pit of Hell itself, seeing LaD.LURKER's Raiden take on the ever unpredictable Kabal, marshalled by ETC Devaud!

Fighting out of the second-chance bracket; ETC Devaud was forced to reply two times to LaD.LURKER's front-footed victories in the best-of-five tournament final! The back and forth struggle set up an intense deciding match where Devaud threatened to turn the tables, taking the first round in convincing fashion! LURKER fought a composed second round to even the stakes, leading to a third round torpedo gambit that delivered victory to the undefeated fighter, after a convincing corner assault!

    The VGM TEC 2012 Mortal Kombat Final Eight looked like:
  • 1. LaD.LURKER (Raiden)
  • 2. ETC Devaud (Kabal)
  • 3. TC_Sicario (Kenshi, Sektor)
  • 4. Fire (Kitana)
  • 5. ETC McFly (Kung Lao)
  • 5. EmE-H2 (Kabal)
  • 7. Markos_LP (Mileena)
  • 7. Dready Style (Jax)

February 18 will see the next official stop for Mortal Kombat players on the six month Road to Evo. Winter Brawl will draw a crowd to Philadelphia as top kombatants duke it out for the all-important seeding points offered in the build to the Evo Championships 2012. Mortal Kombat Online will be following the path with you. You can discuss all the tournament action between now and then on the forums.

Certification restrictions in Australia are yet to be fully resolved, eliminating all possibility of Mortal Kombat at the OzHadou Nationals X in Sydney, by default. Though reports continue to be promising, a date of resolution remains unknown [read more].

We'll be watching with interest as VGM TEC 2012 winner, LaD.LURKER enters Evo 2012 later in the year! Special thanks to for providing coverage for Day Two of the Chilean tour. Discuss tournaments, strategies and more on the forums. For live streams and chat, stay tuned to @MK_Online!

MKO Gotham City Impostors Xbox Beta Giveaway!
MKO Giveaway! Join 360 Gamertag Index for Chance to Win Gotham City Impostor Beta Codes!

The Joker as he appeared in Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe!In 2008, Mortal Kombat faced threats from the DC Universe in a crossover title that brought two unlikely worlds colliding together. Now, thanks to our friends at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, members of Mortal Kombat Online have the chance to take control of the other universe once again; this time in the latest game bringing the chaos of the most famous (and dangerous) city in comics to the realm of online multi-player!

Gotham City Impostors lets players choose between order (Bats) or chaos (Jokerz) as they emulate the path of either the Batman, or the Joker! Boasting up to 1,000 levels of player advancement, upgrades, and a system designed for maximum customization, this is the ultimate chance to enter the streets of Gotham City and make an impact on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC!

Making an impact is what it's all about! We want you to come back to Earthrealm when you're done, though! Mortal Kombat Online is giving away three beta codes to kommunity kombatants -- granting members ground level access to the Xbox 360 Beta experience!

To enter the random draw for this limited beta access, all you have to do is register and post your 360 Gamertag on the forums! By doing so, you'll join our gamertag index, helping you connect with other users on MKO for more multi-player mayhem than you can throw a ninja's spear at! Post your gamertag in the index itself, or right here.

Edit: To give you more time to spend in the beta, we're bringing the winners draw up to January 28! That means you've got mere hours to post your gamertag before we draw winners! Don't waste any time, Jokerz (or Bats)!

To be eligible, you must enter before February 4. Winners will be notified via e-mail and/or on the forums. For more questions, post a comment and join the MKO kommunity! Keep up to date with competitions and more by following us @MK_Online, or like us on Facebook!

Edit Jan 28: Stick a fork in it, folks. This kontest is done! Kongratulations to , & ! 360 Beta Codes are in your inbox! Thanks to everyone who entered and joined the MKOmmunity Matchmaking Index!

Edit Feb 2: Jokerz are wild! Thanks to WB we've extended our giveaway! Kongratulations to
, , , , & ! Gotham City Impostors Beta Codes are in your inbox! & are also on their way to Gotham!

Mortal Kombat Released on PlayStation Network Store
Mortal Kombat Invades the PlayStation Network Store!

The PS3 Full Games category just got bigger as Mortal Kombat joins the digital store with their latest catalogue update to the PlayStation Network [via PlayStation.Blog]!

Available for $49.99 on the US store (£29.99/€39.99 in Europe), the game download is 9.8G. PlayStation Plus users will be able to access a free sixty minute trial version of the game, as part of their package [as a full download]. As you would expect, this PS3 version of Mortal Kombat comes with the much discussed exclusive guest character, Kratos, of God of War fame.

Online play and an award winning story mode are promoted parts of this complete game. A plethora of downloadable contents are also available on the PlayStation Network store.

Kombat will continue on the PlayStation per the recently announced Mortal Kombat for PS Vita. NetherRealm Studios Creative Director, Ed Boon, says, "The NetherRealm team is committed to making sure that we follow up the success of 2011's Mortal Kombat with an equally compelling experience on the PlayStation Vita." This version will be available in Spring. [full story]

Updates to international PSN stores are as yet unknown. Mortal Kombat Online will attempt to keep you updated on availability. International readers, if you have info, share it with us!

Mortal Kombat Joins World Game Cup 2012
February 17-19 MK Joins the World Game Cup 2012 in France!

In February the greatest fighting game fighters of all continents will be invited to descend upon Festival International des Jeux, in the "prestigious" Palais des Festivals de Cannes. The reason for this exotic rendezvous: the World Game Cup 2012!

Mortal Kombat joins a lineup of the worlds most popular competitive fighting games, voted in as the internet's choice in the solo tournament category! A limited sixty-four slots are available as exclusive online registration begins, with final double-elimination pools to be announced early in February. Registration ends February 8.

Participants will pay a 20€ entry fee (€25 after January 22nd), competing for a prize pool of yet to be confirmed "goodies." PayPal payment has been made available, along with credit card. All Mortal Kombat sessions will be played using the Xbox 360 version of the game. Practise sessions will be available on the floor, as accessibiltiy permits.

MK pools are scheduled to be held February 18 from 11AM to 4PM CET (recommended early arrival, check times before show). The final two will duke it out under the lights of the main stage, streamed online live in the evening, 5PM - 6PM CET.

Official World Game Cup 2012 Flyer

Rules & Regulations of Solo Tournaments:
Tournament limited to 64 players : 2/3 matches in pools, 2 qualifiers per pool.

Pools are run in double elimination.
The winner of the Winner’s Bracket finishes 1st of his/her pool.
The winner of the Loser’s Bracket finishes 2nd of his/her pool.
The players will be spread in a new double elimination bracket (with a life reset): the players which finished first will be pitted against the second of another pool (and vice-versa).

Final Double Elimination Bracket
- 2/3 matches until the Grand Finale (played in 3/5)

World Game Cup 2012 takes place February 17-19 in Cannes, France. Additional registration info is available from the official site, along with general rules and regulations. For more, visit WorldGameCup.fr. Discuss this topic and others on the forums.

WB Announce Mortal Kombat for PS Vita!
MK Hits PlayStation Vita Spring 2012!

Mortal Kombat for PS VitaRumors as far back as November of 2011 [full story] of an upcoming Mortal Kombat release for the Sony Playstation Vita handheld system are finally coming to fruition. This comes just days after Sony Director of Hardware Marketing, John Koller made a quick mention at CES 2012 of Mortal Kombat's existence on the platform. [link] Previously rumored to be called Mortal Kombat: "Vitality", the press release on The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch closely confirms the new title is being developed by NetherRealm Studios which will include several new gameplay features as well as release set sometime as soon as this Spring. From Market Watch:

BURBANK, Calif., Jan 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Mortal Kombat will ship for PlayStation(R)Vita system in Spring 2012. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the game delivers an experience designed specifically for on-the-go gaming with brand new gameplay features and content developed exclusively for the new handheld device.

"The NetherRealm team is committed to making sure that we follow up the success of 2011's Mortal Kombat with an equally compelling experience on the PlayStation Vita," said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. "The original game content and new features we developed for the PlayStation Vita will provide gamers with the best fighting game experience available on the new mobile platform."

Selling more than three million units worldwide in 2011, Mortal Kombat became the highest-selling fighting game of the year and has won numerous "Best Fighting Game of 2011" awards including Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards, Official Xbox Magazine and GameTrailers.com.

In a triumphant return to the game's original mature presentation, Mortal Kombat offers over-the-top fatalities and cringe-worthy X-ray moves. This latest iteration in the franchise brings the game back to a 2D fighting plane and introduces a number of new gameplay features including Tag Team, Challenge Tower and a deep story mode. Several new features have been developed exclusively for Mortal Kombat for PS Vita system, which will be revealed in the coming months.

Play Mortal Kombat for PS Vita system by visiting the Vita Hill Social Clubs. More information can be found at http://us.playstation.com/psn/events/vitahillsocialclub.html .

For more information about Mortal Kombat, please visit www.themortalkombat.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mortalkombat or on Twitter @MK_Mortalkombat

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

Mortal Kombat(TM) software (C) 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Developed by NetherRealm Studios. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Mortal Kombat, the dragon logo, NetherRealm Studios, NetherRealm logo and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (C) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: (TM) & (C) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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SOURCE: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Update 1/19: Since our original update we have received official confirmation from NetherRealm Studios of the validity of this press release. As well, confirmation comes from the official Mortal Kombat Facebook page, as well as in the form of a tweet from @WB_GAMES_UK confirmng its Spring 2012 release date. Information regarding the introduction of Mortal Kombat at the Vita Hill Social Club is forthcoming, according to our sources.

As well,  lead Ed Boon has broke the silence on the Official U.S. PlayStation Blog today, revealing some of the key new gameplay features. From the interview:

Ed Boon: The fundamental necessity is quick access to gameplay, whether it’s online or locally. The mobile gaming experience is shorter bites of time. We identified the Challenge Tower as a perfect fit for mobile sessions, so we expanded it greatly for PS Vita. There are actually two Challenge Towers in the PS Vita version, and the new one has 150 challenges that are exclusive to PS Vita. A number of those challenges use PS Vita’s hardware features: the touch screen, the accelerometer. [...] In terms of gameplay, we’ve always wanted MK to be as accessible as possible. For example, you can touch your X-ray meter to execute an X-ray attack. For fatalities, you can “slash” the screen with the appropriate inputs — say, away, away, up — to execute the fatality. It makes some of the more difficult fatalities easier and it’s fun to slash at your screen to fire off a fatality. I was surprised by how engaging it is.

Ed Boon also shares that Mortal Kombat will be keeping its frame rate of 60 fps, however the game will have a more limited polygon count which Ed claims will not take too much away from the overall gameplay experience. We will report more as this breaking story develops.

Mortal Kombat (2011) nominated as Fighting Game of the Year for IAAs!
MK (2011) Up for Best Fighting Game!
Hot off the heels of yesterday's announcement  [full story] of two Warner Brothers properties being nominated for Writers Guild Awards, Mortal Kombat (2011) is back in the news today as the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced that NetherRealm Studios flagship title is nominated for Fighting Game of the Year in the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs)! Though Mortal Kombat is not mentioned specifically in the official press release, it is important to highlight that another popular Warner Brothers property received a nod for Game of the Year as well appearing in five other categories:
CALABASAS, Calif. – January 12, 2012 – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) today announced the finalists for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs). More than a hundred titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields.

For 2012, the blockbuster game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Sony Computer Entertainment Company) leads the field with a total of twelve nominations. Showcasing the depth of great games introduced in the past year, several titles earned multiple nods for an IAA, including ten nominations for Portal 2 (Valve Corporation), nine nominations for L.A. Noire (Rockstar Games), and six nominations each for Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts) and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks).

The IAAs will take place during the D.I.C.E Summit on February 9, at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. In conjunction with a partnership with GameSpot.com, you can see the entire event live on their website at 10:30 PM EST. Once again, we would like to send our sincere wishes of congratulations to NetherRealm Studios for yet another exciting nomination!

Have your own thoughts on Mortal Kombat's recent award nominations? Continue to speak your minds via Twitter (@MK_Online), Facebook and our Google+ page!

Mortal Kombat receives nominations in 2012 Writers Guild Awards!
MK LEGACY & MK (2011)!
An unexpected, but welcome surprise surfaced today as two Warner Brothers Entertainment properties, video game Mortal Kombat (2011) and web series Mortal Kombat Legacy have both been selected as nominees for the 2012 Writer's Guild Awards. The writing team behind NetherRealm Studios Mortal Kombat has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing, while Warner Premier's Mortal Kombat Legacy directed by Kevin Tancharoen, has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media. From the press release:
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA

“Soft Served!,” “Iced!,” “Rokered!” (Jack Donaghy: Executive Superhero), 30 Rock, Written by Tom Ceraulo; nbc.com

“Raiden,” “Kitana and Mileena,” “Johnny Cage” (Mortal Kombat: The Web Series), Written by Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing; machinima.com

“Pay Phone,” “Jax Meets His Second Son,” “Tara & Piney,” “Mexican Basketball” (Sons of Anarchy), Written by Kurt Sutter & Gladys Rodriguez; FXnetworks.com

“A New Day,” “Family Matters,” “Neighborly Advice,” “Step Mom,” “Everything Dies” (The Walking Dead), Teleplay by John Esposito, Story by John Esposito and Greg Nicotero; amc.com

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; Multiplayer Story by Stéphane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem; Lead Script Writer Darby McDevitt; Script Writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish Ambient Dialogue Writer Vincenzo Beretta; Ubisoft

Batman: Arkham City, Lead Narrative Designer Paul Crocker; Story Written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Brink, Lead Writer Edward “Bongoboy” Stern; Bethesda Softworks

Mortal Kombat, Story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

Interesting to note is that Mortal Kombat Legacy's nomination in the derivative new media category is unique, given it is the only nominee that has internet distribution roots from Machinima, as well as being listed as the only video game related title in its group. All of the other nominees are based on popular television series including 30 Rock, Sons of Anarchy, and The Walking Dead. According to the press release, The 2012 Writers Guild Awards will be presented on February 19, 2012,  at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Mortal Kombat Online would like to send our sincere congratulations to both NetherRealm Studios and Warner Premier writing teams!

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Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition Announced for February!
KOMPLETE!

There were several rumours circulating in the fall of last year regarding Mortal Kombat and potential 'Game of the Year' and bundled editions, cover-art of a 'Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition' seemingly leaked last month and has now been confirmed and officially announced by Netherrealm Studios.

Komplete Edition

This edition will feature all Four additional characters: Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain and Freddy Krueger, who were previously available through downloadable content. Along with those four kombatants, the Komplete Edition will also come bundled with Fifteen Character Skins (previously available in DLC Skin packs and compatibility packs) along with three classic fatalities for Scorpion, Reptile and Sub-Zero. Digital download codes for the original Mortal Kombat Movie and the Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album are also components of this edition. Below is the press release distributed out today:

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition delivers the critically acclaimed game, all previously released downloadable content (DLC), plus digital downloads of the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors album with a bonus track, and the 1995 Mortal Kombat film on the PlayStation®Store or Xbox Live Zune. The DLC includes fan-favorite warriors Skarlet, Kenshi and Rain, as well as the infamous dream stalker Freddy Krueger. The game also offers 15 Klassic Skins and three Klassic Fatalities (Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile). Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired by the Warriors is a collection of electronic music inspired by the game and is executive produced by JFK (of the DJ/ production duo MSTRKRFT and Death From Above 1979).

The Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition will be available for purchase on Tuesday, February 28th for both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

The announcement of this game edition is the second of three surprises teased by Kortal Kombat creator, Ed Boon. The first surprise being their Batman: Arkham City Lockdown game available for iOs devices. More news on the final surprise as it becomes available.

Update: 1/14/12: GameStop is advertising the price of MK: Komplete Edition to be $59.99 on both Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This makes the game a great value for those who have not yet purchased the game as it contains almost $20 of downloadable content for the original price of the game! You can also preorder the game for your system (360 or PS3).

MKO Exclusive - Syco Collectibles: Sonya teasers and Johnny Cage revealed!

It has been seven months since Mortal Kombat Online proudly announced its affiliation with Syco Collectibles - a specialty manufacturer in licensed and proprietary collectible products who acquired the Mortal Kombat licence for MK 2011 as well as the Klassic MK games.

The company has since manufactured a wide variety of stunning high quality collectible statues featuring beloved and popular characters from the series such as Raiden, Sub-Zero, Mileena, Scorpion, Liu Kang, Kitana, Jade, and Ermac. You can read the fourth feature right here and our third 'Character Spotlight' right here.

Syco Collectibles has made sure to keep things unique and exciting for MK fans not only by sculpting 10" statues (some with extra accessories) of the characters; they also offer Exclusive statues with special features such as LED eyes and/or alternative heads/hands as well as a Premium Format 18" line and a 1:2 Scale Busts line.

The company is trying to cover every possible angle and they are aiming to sculpt the entire cast of Mortal Kombat 2011. They have been working hard to please the fans by taking into consideration the community's feedback, suggestions, and opinions which are continuously being posted and shared in their Facebook, their Twitter, Mortal Kombat Online, and other MK fan sites.

We can confirm that a selected number of their upcoming characters will present new and exciting special features which include unique base-designs (that relate to the specific character) as well as glow-in-the-Dark material among other surprises.

They are also following the well known tradition of NRS when it comes to adding 'secrets' in their Mortal Kombat games, so, you can definitely expect some 'easter eggs' in their statues. Keep both eyes open for their upcoming reveals which include 'the original lady of Mortal Kombat', Sonya Blade, 'the traitor of the Realms', Rain, and MKO's Exclusive statue, the contestant winner, Motaro!

This week we are happy to bring you Part V of our Syco Collectibles Feature and announce yet another Mortal Kombat Online Exclusive! We are proud to reveal the first teaser images of the much anticipated 10" and 18" tough-blonde and Special Forces Lt., Sonya Blade:

Sonya has been chosen as the first female character to be sculpted in their impressive 18" Premium Format line. The 18" statue will present her Alternate Costume and it will be the first Mortal Kombat statue to be featured in 'Mixed Media'! For those of you who are unaware of the term 'Mixed Media', it means that Sonya will feature hand-made high quality clothing material and fabric designed specifically for her sculpture.

The 10" Statue will feature Sonya in her Primary Costume and you can expect some extra features and accessories for both of her statues. At the moment we can't reveal anymore specific details about her, however, we have a series of clues and hints that relate to both of her statues' features and poses! Keeping up with our last post concerning 'The Rain Clues', we now present to you:

'The Blonde Clues'

1) Might kill you, but, might also heal you.
2) Military Stance is a nice combination of commands.
3) Don't trust her "Rocky Horror Picture Show" introduction.
4) The epak liwl mynee lod bresid angom the.

Can you guess them all? What do you think her statues will feature? Can you guess their unique poses? Discuss it all here!

After the many interesting and wild guesses, we are happy to be the first to announce and reveal the secret character that Syco Collectibles chose as the next MK warrior to be immortalized in their high quality collectibles: the former movie star with the unforgettable quotes, and one of Earth's greatest heroes, Mr. Johnny Cage!

Make sure to check out our latest Poll concerning Johnny and discuss here your favorite pose-ideas for his upcoming statue!

Johnny Cage will join Noob Saibot for their 2012 line. Production on the two characters will begin shortly. At the moment, Syco Collectibles is completing their work on Sonya, Rain, and Shao Kahn. We can also confirm that work on Motaro has already began! Congratulations to all of those who guessed correctly our clue and hint concerning "Johnny Cage" in our last 'Spotlight' thread! Expect some new announcements and reveals in the upcoming months.

Even if your favorite character hasn't been confirmed yet, that doesn't mean Syco Collectibles isn't thinking about him/her. Our last 'Poll' concerning Cyrax and Sektor has caught the company's attention, for example, and one of the Cyborgs has been pushed up the line.

What are your thoughts regarding this announcement? Did you guess it to be Johnny Cage? Share your thoughts here! Don't forget to provide Syco Collectibles with your own ideas and suggestions concerning Skarlet's statue and pose here and Noob Saibot's statue and pose right here.

MK Online Member Discount : As we've mentioned in our previous features; we have managed to procure a fantastic opportunity for the MK Online community! Syco Collectibles are to be offering us and yourselves a generous and staggering 20% lifetime discount on all their Mortal Kombat Collectibles current and future. Below are the updated links for each currently available product for pre-order at the exclusive 20% Discount:

Mortal Kombat Confirmed For Evo 2012!
Earthrealm Defends its Second Tournament at the 2012 Evo Championship!

Like déjà vu, Mortal Kombat is once again making an appearance at the Evolution Championship Series. This marks its second year on the world's stage and shows that our favorite game has the legs to last. The Evo Championship Series is perhaps the world's best known fighting game competition and the game's second appearance in it assures its position as one of the premier fighting games of this generation. We would like to congratulate NetherRealm Studios for this achievement! Shoryuken's live podcast Wakeup SRK featuring Mr. Wizard, Evo organizer, confirmed MK's appearance as of 7pm PST today. Furthermore, it appears that, unlike last year, all DLC characters (Kenshi, Skarlet, Rain, Freddy Krueger) will be tournament legal. Kratos, the PlayStation 3 exclusive character, however, will more than likely remain banned.

While Mortal Kombat as a series had experienced a long drought of competitive exposure, that drought met its end last year at Evo 2011. And by the looks of it, the Mortal Kombat team, led by Ed Boon, has turned the tides 180 degrees and are marching full force into the competitive landscape with no sign of slowing. At the outset, NetherRealm Studios made it clear that this game was designed with the hardcore fighting game enthusiast in mind while simultaneously offering enough accessibility and versatility to be played by novices with little difficulty. Those early rumblings stretching back to E3 2010 have proven themselves true.

While this is an important achievement, the real goal of any tournament is to generate participants and spectators. Please support Mortal Kombat in this tournament and all others, both big and small, online and offline. It is through that passion that this great game can continue to live.

We at Mortal Kombat Online look forward to seeing how this year plays out and are eager to congratulate those skillful enough to stand in the winner's circle.

The full lineup of games officially appearing at Evo 2012 are:

  • Super Street Fighter IV: AE 2012 Edition
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Soulcalibur V
  • Mortal Kombat
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Street Fighter X Tekken

The Road to Evo 2012 Begins!

The road to Evo 2012 has officially begun!

From January through June, the top players will earn tournament seeding points as they battle their way to the main event at the Evo Championships 2012!

Winners at key tournaments will earn 50pts toward their seeding tally, with runners-up garnering 25pts, and third a modest 10pts. Those finishing 4th through 12th will receive 1pt for their trouble. These points will play a key role in the progress of players as they enter the pool stages at Evo -- and with tournaments offering points to players across America, Canada, Singapore and Australia, opportunity is stretching wide and far!

    Official "Road to Evo" Tournament Line-Up includes:
  • Apex Tournament Series New Brunswick, New Jersey (Jan 6-8)
  • OzHadou Nationals X Sydney, Australia (Feb 17-19)
  • Winter Brawl Philadelphia, PA (Feb 18-19)
  • Final Round Atlanta, GA (March 2-4)
  • South East Asia Major Bugis Arcade, Singapore (Mar 17-18)
  • NorCal Regionals 10 (Mar 24-25)
  • Texas Showdown Houston, Texas (Apr 6-8)
  • PowerUp 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio (Apr 13-15)
  • Team Mad Catz Championships San Diego, CA (Apr 13-15)
  • Civil War 4 Richmond, VA (Apr 28-29)
  • Toryuken Toronto Ontario, Canada (May 4-6)
  • Season’s Beatings: Summer Slam Columbus, OH (May 5)
  • Northwest Majors Seattle, WA (May 26)
  • Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 8 Chicago, IL (May 25-27)
  • Montreal Annual Tournament Montreal, Canada (Jun 3-4)
  • East Coast Throwdown Morristown, NJ (Jun 9-10)
  • CEO 2012 Orlando, FL (Jun 15-17)
  • Midwest Championships 2012 Nashville, TN (Jun 22-24)

For more information about the official Road to Evo, follow the link to ShoRyuKen.com. Mortal Kombat Online will attempt to keep you up-to-date on MK's status at key events. Discuss the Road to Evo and more on the MKO forums and keep up to date @MK_Online.

MK GameTrailers Award, IGN People Choice Awards, & Ed Boon's Top 10

What better way to start a Happy New Year than to announce another 'Flawless Victory' for Mortal Kombat!

GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards have crowned Mortal Kombat as the 'Best Fighting Game of 2011'! GameTrailers not only praised Mortal Kombat's 'ambitious', 'inspired' and 'bold' resurrection along side its 'creativity', gameplay and all of its content, they also stated that the game "redefines the single player mode" and is "in every sense of the word, a game shaker for the genre".

Check out their excellent Best Fighting Game Trailer in which Mortal Kombat is heavily praised and featured (with lots of fun MK moments, characters, and Fatalities) along side the rest of the tough competition.

2011 was a good year for NetherRealm Studios and Mortal Kombat. The game has already claimed the title of 'Best Selling Fighting Game of the year' and has also been crowned 'Best Fighting Game of the Year' by Spike's VGA, the Golden Joystick Awards, and the Official US Xbox Magazine among others, but, good news are far from over.

Keeping up with this good record, the game is now featured in IGN People's Choice Awards and you can support and vote for Mortal Kombat by scrolling down the page and clicking the 'Green Thumb' next to the game's name. Vote soon for your favorite! Poll ends January 17th:


To vote for 'Best Xbox 360 Fighting Game' click here.
To vote for 'Best PS3 Fighting Game' click here.

On another note, Mortal Kombat's one and only, Mileena, was featured in IGN's Worst Dressed Video Game Characters of 2011. The fun but questionable list also features popular and favorite characters such as Nathan Drake (from 'Uncharted') and Poison Ivy (from the 'Batman Arkham' series), however there is actually no mention or analysis from the editor concerning Mileena's costume, unlike all of the other characters that were mentioned in his list.

Finally, Giant Bomb has updated with a nice article featuring Ed Boon's Top 10 Games of 2011. Check out the article to read what Ed Boon, co-creator of the MK series, has to say about his favorite 2011 games. Can you guess which ones made his list?

Mortal Kombat Online would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Expect some surprises in the upcoming months.

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