News Archive - October, 2017
Hellboy Crosses Over in Injustice 2 Trailer
The BPRD demon hits people starting November!

Injustice 2 is really going to Hell, and comic book guest character Hellboy is giving DC's heroes and villains a guided tour! Watch the trailer to see what we mean:

Injustice 2's downloadable Fighter Pack 2 will conclude November 14th with the early access release of Hellboy. He follows already available fighters Black Manta and Raiden!

Created by artist Mike Mignola for a 1993 convention special; Hellboy has gone on to be one of independent comics' greatest icons! Dark Horse Comics have published his adventures across many dozens of mini-series and spin-offs, sometimes starring Hellboy's friends in the Beureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), and other weird and wonderful characters from this world. In 1999, Hellboy even visited the DC Universe in the two issue crossover series: Batman/Hellboy/Starman.

Hellboy was first summoned to our plane during the Second World War by Grigori Rasputin and Nazi scientists. Discovered instead by Allied Troops; Hellboy, as he was nicknamed, was raised like any ordinary military brat, growing up to have a workman's attitude towards his role as a brawling force for good in a world of old gods, monsters, and occult horrors!

NetherRealm Studios deliver a comic-inspired Hellboy equipped with his stone-like Right Hand of Doom, sidearm, and limited tolerance for crap. If you've got an Injustice 2 Deluxe Edition or Fighter Pack 2, you won't have to take any crap when Hellboy arrives - next month.

[Related Article: First-Look Trailer Introduces Atom to Injustice 2]

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Fixing Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for Windows 10
Tips for playing Arcade Kollection Kombat klassics on newer OS.

It really is a shame that Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection has been more or less abandoned on Steam/PC.

This past weekend, I went to the Houston Arcade Expo for my annual classic arcade gaming fix. While there, I noticed that for the first time they not only had Mortal Kombat II, but the original Mortal Kombat and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 as well. Of course, I had played for several minutes on UMK3 before realizing, "Hey, I could be playing this at home..."

I have Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for both Xbox 360 and Steam, but my Xbox 360 is currently packed away. So, that night, while waiting for friends to be ready to play Team Fortress 2, I plugged in my USB gamepad and launched MKAK for some classic MK action!

That was the plan, any way. What ended up happening was that the game hung at the title screen. It said "Press Enter" -- but completely ignored when I pressed Enter.

After doing some research, I found that the problem was that Arcade Kollection requires Games for Windows Live, which Microsoft had ended up abandoning [in 2014]. While many games were patched by their developers to use Steamworks instead, MKAK was already essentially abandoned by WB Games, and was never patched. In fact, MKAK is only available for me because I purchased the game; it's no longer available on Steam for purchase.

Fortunately, there is a fix! I mostly got the fix from this guide, though I ended up modifying it via trial and error, and looking at one or two other sites as the steps as given don't work on Windows 10.

The procedure is:

  1. Go into Apps and Features on Windows 10 (right click on the Start Menu to reach it), and uninstall "Microsoft Games for Windows - LIVE Redistributable" and "Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace".
  2. Reboot your system. (This IS required.)
  3. Download two GWFL files: xlive.ini and xlive.dll. You can download them right here. (Zipped RAR file).
  4. Place the two files into your MKAK install directory. The default should be C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection.
  5. The game should now work properly.

I really do wish WB Games and/or NetherRealm Studios would support Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection again, as I can't imagine there isn't a market for the classic games [with the original now celebrating its 20th Anniversary!]. In the meantime, for those of us who bought the PC version and found it didn't work on Windows 10, I'm hoping this will help.

[Related Article: Injustice 2 PC Beta Coming Soon]

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Injustice 2 PC Beta Coming Soon
Injustice 2 PC release confirmed, Beta announcement coming.

The heroes and villains of DC are about to go PC thanks to Injustice 2!

The latest fighting game from the makers of Mortal Kombat is the number one choice for DC Comics fighting games -- but until now, its only been available for home consoles, and mobile platforms.

PC Gamer reported confirmation from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment of the future release, but NetherRealm Studios has been quick to put the kibosh on a PC Beta beginning as soon as tomorrow.!

The developer took to Twitter to carify the situation, clearly stating: "The PC beta will NOT begin tomorrow. Stay tuned for more information!".

Warner Bros. has had a chequered past on the PC platform, but recovered last year with a fixed release of Mortal Kombat XL that included content updates, and the introduction of GGPO rollback method for improved online performance. MKXL benefitted from open beta, and similar tech is expected to give Injustice 2 a just start on PC!

Injustice 2 is still rolling out updates for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with guest fighter Raiden now available, and Fighter Pack 2 soon to conclude with independent comics guest: Hellboy!

Looking forward to I2 on PC? Whether you're signing up for beta, part of the modding scene, or have thoughts about what's next - MK Online wants to hear from you! Register to share your thoughts on all things DC in the DC Universe Injustice forum!

Lost Kontent: Raiden Adventure Game Screenshot
Ed Boon shares Shaolin Monks screenshot featuring Raiden!

For twenty-five years Raiden has remained one of Mortal Kombat's most identifiable characters. He's featured in movies, television, and a string of crossover guest roles, most recently playable in Injustice 2! He could probably star in his own video game, and apparently - it almost happened!

Series Co-Creator Ed Boon recently revealed a development screenshot of Raiden starring in the action-adventure spin-off that eventually became Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks!

When Shaolin Monks shipped for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2005, it featured a retelling of the events of Mortal Kombat II from the playable co-op perspective of Liu Kang and Kung Lao. An in-game Versus Mode let players control a variety of the game's klassic kombatants, but only Scorpion and Sub-Zero were available as additional characters in the main third-person adventure levels.

Rather than MKII's humble protector who appears in story mode cut scenes; the development screenshot reveals a more ornately designed thunder god, who was the only character featured in an earlier build! A rare glimpse of what might have been!

Initially controversial amongst die hard fans of the series mythology; Shaolin Monks has grown in esteem with a generation of fans who discovered the series in the mid-2000s. Its become a jewel in the series' crown thanks to core mechanics that brilliantly convert klassic kombat into a three-dimensional, story-driven plane. So much so that requests for a hi-def Shaolin Monks remake, sequel, or like-mind spin-off have become a regular fixture for fans!

Although a similar style of play featured in Armageddon via Konquest Mode; the 2005 co-op brawler remains the last time Mortal Kombat exited the fighting game arena for a pure spin-off. The drought belies a once grand plan for the series, which began its spin-off expansions with platform-fighting fusion Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero in 1997, and third-person kombat-shooter Mortal Kombat: Special Forces in 2000.

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Raiden Strikes in Injustice 2 Mobile
Mortal Kombat's Thunder God hits Injustice 2 Mobile

Lightning never strikes twice, but thanks to Injustice 2 Mobile it can strike wherever you want if you've unlocked Raiden!

Mortal Kombat's god of thunder already made the crossover to the DC Universe last month as a downloadable character included in Fighter Pack 2 for consoles!

Raiden is part of a chain-lightning celebration for Mortal Kombat's milestone 25th Anniversary! WWE superstar Xavier Woods took on the protector god's guise in WWE Immortals, and Mortal Kombat X spent the week featuring klassic kombat themed events!

[Related Article: Hi-Res Injustice Raiden & Black Lightning Artwork]

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Xavier Woods is Raiden in WWE Immortals
WWE Superstar Xavier Woods becomes Raiden in free-to-play update!

As part of the WB Interactive Entertainment empire; NetherRealm Studios have excelled as a free-to-play mobile developer famed for counterparts to their console fighting games Mortal Kombat and DC Injustice. Since 2015, they've also turned the wrestling world on its head in the over-the-top, mobile exclusive fantasy fusion: WWE Immortals!

Johnny Cage left the Hollywood backlot to enter the ring in a 2015 franchise crossover. Now in the next big Immortals challenge, a WWE superstar will be infused with the powers of a thunder god!

You might remember Xavier Woods from UpUpDownDown's tour of NetherRealm Studios, his various internet videos, or as one-third of World Wrestling Entertainment's bootylicious Tag Team Champions: The New Day! Thanks to WWE Immortals, he gets to live out the fantasy of becoming Raiden!

The Immortals challenge is part of a Mortal Kombat 25th Anniversary celebration that's putting the thunder god front and centre in all NetherRealm domains! Fans can also currently download Raiden as a playable character for the DC fighting game: Injustice 2!

[Related Article: Raiden & Black Lightning Electrify in Injustice 2 Trailer]

This weekend WWE Smackdown hosts Hell in a Cell, where Xavier's New Day will enter the eponymous steel cage to defend the Tag Team Championship against The Usos! Will his NetherRealm makeover give him the charge needed to thrive inside the devil's playground? You just never know...

Woods is famed for his tag teaming exploits - but is he ready to fly solo as Raiden? Register to blow your own trumpet or share your thoughts on the forums! Tout your support by liking, sharing or tagging the "MKO Universe" via @MK_Online and Facebook!

Hi-Res Injustice Raiden & Black Lightning Artwork
Take a closer look at Raiden & Black LIghtning in official artwork!

Injustice 2 continues to grow thanks to Fighter Pack 2 and the latest addition of not one - but two new characters! You've already seen them in action in the exciting introduction trailer -- now take a closer look at Raiden and Black Lightning by clicking to enlarge these high quality images supplied by Warner Brothers and NetherRealm Studios!

First appearing in Mortal Kombat in 1992; Raiden is one of the series' most enduring icons! As Earthrealm's protecting storm god, he has been a fixture of almost every incarnation of the series! From arcade and home console games, to comic books and live-action film; Raiden has watched over the realms, striking like lightning when the sacred balance is threatened!

After defending the Earthrealm from the corrupting influence of Shinnok in Mortal Kombat X, Raiden now makes the leap to Injustice 2 as one of two Mortal Kombat guests! His design fuses the classic Eastern roots that are his original inspiration, embellishing them with gold and a masked cowl designed by superstar DC Comics artist: Jim Lee!

The sensational find of 1977; Black Lightning first appeared in DC Comics as the star of his own series! Created by seasoned writer Tony Isabella, the electrically charged hero was a victim of the infamous "DC Implosion" in his second year, but endured as a recurring character in other series, including the Justice League of America -- whose membership he initially turned down! He eventually became a member, but not before spending many memorable years as a fixture of Batman's Outsiders.

Cress Williams will star as Jefferson Pierce aka; Black Lightning in an upcoming live-action series on The CW. With the characters' star rapidly on the rise, it was a deft move for NetherRealm Studios to include the popular electric DC hero into Injustice 2 as a Premier Skin for Raiden! Though the thunder god's powers are significantly greater than Black Lightning's, the super-hero at least has the benefit of charging up his own Super Move that will wipe out all opponents with shock and awe!

If you purchased Fighter Pack 2 then you've already got access to Raiden and Black Lightning! For the more discerning fan, the thunder god is available now for downloadable purchase in Injustice 2! Other DLC fighters for sale include: Black Manta, Sub-Zero and Red Hood!

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First-Look Trailer Introduces Atom to Injustice 2
Atom joins Injustice 2 roster in Fighter Pack 3

The first and most widely anticipated character from Fighter Pack 3 has officially been unveiled! Atom is cutting the competition down to size in Injustice 2. Check out the first-look trailer:

Injustice's Atom of choice is Ryan Choi, the successor to best known shrinking hero - Ray Palmer. A fellow scientist, he's using the quantum capabilities of Palmer's dwarf technology to fight the good fight and search for his missing mentor!

NetherRealm's design sits somewhere between the classic look of the comics, and the mildly unfortunate armored version from TV's Legends of Tomorrow. No matter the gear you choose: Atom packs a powerful punch that belies his miniscule size! Watch as he leaps from a molecular perspective into the combat arena, where his powers to compact his mass into miniature spells pain for the bad guys!

[Related Article: Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2 Trailer Reveals Raiden & More!]

Fighter Pack 3 doesn't have a release start date yet, with Fighter Pack 2 still in the progress of releasing new additions! Full gameplay trailers for Hellboy and Atom are yet to come. Black Manta and Raiden are out now.

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