News Archive - October, 2011
European Gaming League 4 will feature Mortal Kombat at Tournament Event!

A new Mortal Kombat Tournament Event is set to take place in London and it will be held in the Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium by the European Gaming League.

The Tournament is set to start this Saturday 29th, 1:00pm London-Time or 8:00am if you are on the East Coast. It will be available to stream live at Twitch TV Armshouse or at Live EGL TV.

For a full break down on the complete Fighting Game Schedule and Start Times visit their Official Thread.

From the European Gaming League Official Website:

"The European Gaming League previously known as European Console League is Europe's leading console eSports event provider. The EGL caters for the estimated forty million active, competitive European gamers by providing them with professional online tournaments, a network of eSports websites and spectacular LAN gaming tournaments. This gives our sponsors and partners a unique opportunity to interact directly with this influential demographic. European Gaming League events will attract the top eSports professionals to compete across a variety of gaming genres - allowing participants of all ages, sexes, skills and backgrounds to get involved".

"EGL has now hosted four live events at Liverpool, Blackpool, Gadget Show Live & Loughborough were players competed for a share of £60,000 plus further prizes provided our kind sponsors. As well as a live audience, more than 250,000 people watched the tournaments live at home via the EGL Live Streams. Our Live streams have had over 750,000 views with a further 500,000 Video on Demand views".

For more information on the Mortal Kombat Tournament, the other competitive fighters, and for registration purposes, please visit the EGL's Official Website.

Lets continue to support Mortal Kombat's growing status as a competitive fighter among the gaming community! Don't forget to Sign-Up before registration closes or to live stream this event on Saturday.

Special thanks to James Bardolph for the heads up on this news!

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Mortal Kombat: The Story Behind the Game!

Gaming Website G4 has updated an extensive and deep interview featuring Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, in which they cover many different points concerning the development of the successful fighting game and the series in general.

In the interview, Ed Boon talks about Mortal Kombat as a competitive fighter for the likes of eSports-level platers, new characters, the success of the in-depth cinematic story mode, the real story behind the X-Rays, guest characters, cross-overs, Shao Kahn's powers, Mythologies and Special Forces, and the Mortal Kombat Legacy web series!

Also discussed are subjects such as the problem of keeping hidden features and characters a secret, YouTube as a source of teaching how to play the game, the RenderWare and Unreal 3 Engines, Mortal Kombat for PC, the creation of a Fatality, Street Fighter, potential MK spin-off for the future, the story behind the new studio name (NetherRealm) and the unused alternate names, and much more!

From the interview:


G4:Mortal Kombat 9 has the most in-depth story in the series to date. How do you feel this differentiates the franchise from other games in the fighting genre that try to incorporate stories?

EB: I think the main reason is the amount of effort that we put into telling the story. We have this completely cinematic story mode that no other fighting game has even attempted. I do feel that we set a bar with that. We’ve heard a number of our competitors acknowledge what we did with it and say that it’s a great thing for the fighting genre. I think the main way we were able to do it is to devote so much time and effort to create that story mode. It was millions of dollars. It wasn’t a minor side mission, it was one of our starring features of the game. I think it was the effort that we put into it.

G4: Mortal Kombat was intended to appeal a casual audience as well as eSports-level players for the first time. How did you strike that balance? How did it end up being received?

EB: That was part of our agenda when we started the game. To appeal to both calibers of players. The way that we did it was our designers are really into hardcore fighting and all of the mechanics that some of the more casual players don’t get into. I was kind of like the guardian of the casual players. I kept insisting that we don’t have features that are too complicated or that we retain the accessibility that Mortal Kombat has always had. There were certain guys on the team who would push one direction and others would push another direction. We had plenty of conversations with disagreeing that would end in trying our best to satisfy both camps.

G4: What went into choosing the new studio name NetherRealm Studios in 2009. Were there any alternate names in the running that you were almost called?

EB: Yes, when Warner Bros. acquired us, they wanted to give us an identity. We were only known as Midway before that, and that was part of a bigger studio. We decided that we wanted to come up with something that is related to Mortal Kombat, but not specifically Mortal Kombat. We didn’t want to be called “The Mortal Kombat Team,” so we messed around with all of the different worlds in Mortal Kombat: OutWorld, NetherRealm, Edenia, EarthRealm. We ran a whole bunch of those by our legal and NetherRealm was one of the ones that was okay and we went with that one.


Thanks to forum and staff members SubMan799 and Jerrod for submitting the news lead for this Article!

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Wedding bells ring at the D'Arque Cathedral
Today we are excited to take a break from our typical Mortal Kombat coverage to celebrate a special occasion in the life of one of our most dedicated team members. Some of our longest readers might remember when D'Arque Bishop joined the staff of MK5.ORG (now Mortal Kombat Online) to cover the debut showcase of the longly anticipated title, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Aliance, at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, CA in 2002. Since that time, D'Arque Bishop has become an intregal part of the continual success of this fan site. He served several years as not only our past Senior Editor and current Sys Admin, but as our second webmaster as well. Today, (Scott) Bishop was joined in marriage to his beautiful wife Jennifer Posa here at Paradise Island, in the Bahamas!
 
 
CCShadow and Scott-Howell were honored for the opportunity to attend such a momentous event in their lives. We along with everyone else on the MK Online staff ask that you would join us in congratulating the couple for a lifetime of happiness. It has been an honor to be able to call Scott a friend and we wish him (and his wife) all the best in their life ahead.
Mortal Kombat tops Capcom and wins Best Fighting Game of the Year!

Mortal Kombat has scored another Flawless Victory by beating Capcom and taking the title of Best Fighting Game of the Year at the 2011 Golden Joystick Awards!

As reported by Computer and Videogames and their article:

The bloodier alternative to Street Fighter prides itself on extreme violence and bone-breaking gameplay. Boasting a score of 86 on Metacritic and over 3 million sales worldwide, Mortal Kombat has been a success for publisher Warner Bros. and fan reaction has been generally positive. Taking second place is Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and in third place is Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition.

Mortal Kombat has sold over 3 million copies worldwide making it the No.1 highest-selling fighting game of the year.

Congratulations to NetherRealm Studios for their exciting achievements and their success!

Meanwhile, Rigo Cortes has sent us a collection of HD screenshots that were previously under embargo. They are now available to view in all their 'high quality' glory:

Special thanks to forum member, Reptile_Z, for sending in the News Lead on this article.

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Syco Collectibles Discounts, Previews, etc!
MKO EXCLUSIVE

At the beginning of the summer, Mortal Kombat Online was proud to announce it's affiliation with Syco Collectibles - a specialty manufacturer in licensed and proprietary collectible products who has recently acquired the Mortal Kombat licence for both Mortal Kombat 2011 and 'Klassic' Mortal Kombat's to manufacture highly-detailed and faithful Characters from our beloved franchise. You can check out the third feature right here.

This week we give you an Exclusive First-Look Preview at their upcoming 10" paintmaster of the Edenian Renegade - Jade - Who is the second in their 'Enchanted Warriors of Mortal Kombat' range and is available to Pre-Order right now. Her final design will feature real chains attached to her costume and it has yet to be decided whether her trusty Staff will feature fluorescent neon paint or will be a clear staff with an LED light running through the center. Jade will retail for $129.99 - But MK Online members can nab an exclusive 20% Discount. Read on for more information. Product is not final and is subject to change!

JADE!

This week we give you an Exclusive Preview at their upcoming 10" paintmaster of the Chosen One - Liu Kang - He will feature an interchangeable hand holding a torn-out and bloodied heart of one of his fallen opponents. Liu Kang will retail for $139.99 - But MK Online members can nab another exclusive 20% Discount. Read on for more information.

LIU KANG!

In our last feature, we showcased the Edenian Princess, Kitana and her paintmaster. However she has since been revised and resculpted in certain areas to best represent her character. View the images below to see her new sculpt! Kitana is the first in their 'Enchanted Warriors of Mortal Kombat' range and is available to Pre-Order right now. The Princess will come complete with her deadly yet beautiful Fans, bearing the intricate patterns on the fans and the blades made from metal and the fans in a coated paper. Kitana will retail for $129.99 - But MK Online members can nab an exclusive 20% Discount!

KITANA!

"Kitana and Mileena will be able to stand 'Back to Back' with one another on an Exclusive Base which will be available to purchase seperately. More information on this exciting addition in Part Four of our Feature. "

To coincide with the three kombatants above, we can also exclusively reveal the in-progress, unpainted sculpts of the Maneater, Mileena! Her final design will feature real steel Sais. Also we have the Enigmatic Ninja, Ermac who may feature green LED-lighting in his hands mimiking his telekenesis! More information on these in our next feature!

MILEENA!

ERMAC!

Finally, we have the first ever look at the upcoming Boxart Packaging for Sub-Zero and Scorpion who are set to be released at the end of this month!

"Check out the Full Details on the Scorpion and Sub-Zero Statues in the First Part of our Syco Collectibles Feature!"

We will have another batch of exclusive First-Look Previews very soon with the reveal of the 10" Statues for The Maneater herself Mileena in her Flesh Pit costume, the Edenian Queen, Sindel, the Bloodthirsty Warrior, Skarlet and the Special Forces Lieutenant; Sonya Blade and more!

"Characters like Sonya, Skarlet, Johnny Cage, Sindel, Reptile, Shao Kahn, Baraka, Kenshi, Noob Saibot and Kung Lao are currently in the pipeline with the rest of the Roster expected to follow! "

MK Online Member Discount : As we've mentioned in our previous features; we have managed to procure a fantastic oppurtunity for the MK Online kommunity! 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 gets ready for Halloween! Character costumes by Spirit!

Want to dress as your favorite ice warrior, undead ninja, or female assassin for this year's Halloween? Spirit has recently acquired the license for Mortal Kombat 9 in order to recreate some Halloween Costumes based on the characters of said game. They currently feature four iconic characters from the popular cast.

Have you ever wondered how Mileena manages to keep her clothes from falling apart while engaged in a brutal fight? Or how does Scorpion manage to food-shop without raising any suspicions in a crowded public space? Now is your chance to discover it!



Mileena: "In Mortal Kombat II Mileena is a clone of Kitana, a princess from the realm of Edenia turned into Outworld. Serving emperor Shao Kahn, Mileena searches for a way to kill Kitana and prove herself superior. The proof is evident when you wear this officially licensed Mortal Kombat Mileena adult women's costume - you are totally hot and entirely superior!"



Sub-Zero: "A blue-garbed assassin that descended from Cryomancers, an ancient race of people possessing the ability to generate and control the powers of ice, Sub-Zero has the innate ability to control ice in many forms. Control just about everything in this officially licensed Mortal Kombat adult men's Sub-Zero costume."



Kitana: "A primary heroine of the Mortal Kombat saga, Kitana is the princess of the other dimensional realm of Edenia and a key player. Play it any way you want to in this officially licensed and officially sexy adult women's Mortal Kombat Kitana costume."



Scorpion: "Get over here! Fight like you mean it in this officially licensed Mortal Kombat adult men's Scorpion costume. Don't wanna play - too bad. You're toasty! They'll toast you when you arrive in this amazingly realistic character costume complete with molded replica armor pieces."


The male ninja costumes are sold at $54.99 while the female assassin costumes are sold at $49.99

Visit their Official Website for more information on their merchandize, HD images of all the costumes, and more detailed descriptions on each one of the costumes and their respective accessories, material, and care instructions.

Special thanks to GoroStillLives for sending in the News Lead on this article!

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Motaro is set to become MKOnlines Exclusive Custom Statuette!

After a voting period of Four Rounds, the MKO Community has chosen the character who will become MKO's Exclusive Custom Statue:

Congratulations Motaro!

With an impressive amount of support, Motaro (in his chosen MK3 Victory Pose) emerged victorious against the iconic MK Dragon, the second most popular choice. The Centaur's overall design will be decided by the MKO fan community and he will be sculpted by SycoCollectibles.

SycoCollectibles have already expressed their enthusiasm and excitement concerning Motaro's victory through their Facebook Page and they are looking forward to start sculpting his model as soon as we decide on his statue's final details. One of Syco Collectibles Lead Officers has already expressed his interest in sculpting a battle damaged, bruised, and/or scarred Motaro, accentuating his animalistic and dangerous presence even more. This option, however, will be up to you to decide!

Continue reading the rules in this article's second post in order to participate and help determinate along side the rest of the MKO Community the specific designs and details concerning:


1) Motaro's Base.
2) Motaro's Body.
3) And whether or not he should hold something in his hand.


For more news and information concerning Syco Collectibles', please visit their Official Website and their Facebook page. Keep up to date with all things concerning Mortal Kombat by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

MK(2011) Standups + John Tobias reveals MK concept art and character origins!
Mortal Kombat's co-creator and former member of the MK Team, John Tobias, has been updating his Twitter with many rare Concept Art illustrations that have never been released to the public before.

These illustrations include original cut-characters, art work and designs for the characters of the first Mortal Kombat games as well as new information concerning their origins, backgrounds, names, and more! Most of his pictures haven't been seen in almost 20 years since they were created. His updates also include Motaro's MK3 puppet, the "very first token dropped in an TSQ MK machine", a picture in the set of the first MK film in 1994, Tony Marquez as MK3 Kung Lao (Bret Hart graffiti in the wall of that picture), and more.

Each updated picture contains interesting additional commentary by John Tobias which you can read, view, and support by visiting his Twitter Images Section. This is indeed a lovely and exciting treat for the most ardent MK fans. Thank you John!

Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat's Official Facebook has updated with a couple of pictures of their New MK Standups featuring Mortal Kombat's (2011) Raiden, Sonya Blade, Goro, Scorpion, Ermac, Kitana, Smoke and Sub-Zero. You can share your comments about these big standups and read the hilarious posts of other fans by checking their Image section in Facebook.

Finally, Curt Chiarelli, the artist who build the original Goro sculpture for MK1 (as confirmed by John Tobias himself in one of his twitter comments), has updated his Deviantart page featuring two images of the original clay sculpture of said statue. You can read about these pictures by visiting his Deviantart Gallery section.

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