News Archive - December, 2008
Merry Christmas - Ten Years of Mortal Kombat Online!

We've come to the end of yet another year. It's been a big year for the Mortal Kombat community, with the release of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, the first current generation Mortal Kombat game for consoles. A controversial game, it polarized the community like no other MK game before it for numerous reasons. Its success is assured, however, and for now we look forward to the promised downloadable content for the game, whatever it might be.

The site has reached a milestone of its own today as well. Ten years ago today, MK5.ORG (as Mortal Kombat Online was formerly called) opened its doors. Back then, it was a small site, and the dream of a fifth Mortal Kombat game was in the distant horizon. So much has happened since then; not only was the fifth game (Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance) released, three more fighting games for consoles, an adventure game, four handheld games, and re-releases of classic games for consoles and PCs have come out, leading to a resurgence of Mortal Kombat. We've been privileged to share in this with you, and to help bring you the latest news about the series whenever we could. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to serving you in future, whatever it may hold for Mortal Kombat.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we're presenting a retrospective of the site's history compiled by our very own Scott Howell. If you've wondered how we got to where we are today, feel free to give it a read.

In passing, as we gather with our families and loved ones, we'd like to give one final message for today. On behalf of all of us at Mortal Kombat Online, I'd like to wish you all a safe and joyous Christmas and holiday season.

Dark Kahn Render Now Available
As promised to us during this year's Fight Night event, Midway has released the final render of the game: Dark Kahn. To see the render, click below or visit the official website at He can be seen in the final stage of the game – combined throne room arena of Darkseid from Apokolips and Shao Kahn from Outworld.

Thanks once again go to samus_aran3900 for the News Lead on this one!
Ed Boon and Paulo Garcia Featured in MKast #9
Hans and Hector over at Midway have released another MKast, episode #9! Special guests featured in this podcast are Ed Boon and Paulo Garcia. Check out the first one released since the game has come out and they discuss the final version of the game, future games, protips, and more! Visit to download it.

Thanks to and for the news on this one!
Sumner Redstone Sells Ownership of Midway to Private Investor

In an extremely surprising move, news came out today that Sumner Redstone, whose National Amusements, Inc. owned 87% of Midway Games's stock, has sold all of its stock to a private investor named Mark Thomas for $100,000 USD. The move comes as Redstone is looking to pay off $1.6 billion USD in debt; according to the Wall Street Journal, this sale would secure a hefty tax benefit.

In addition, the Los Angeles Times is reporting a bit more information, in that the sale may not be as much of a steal as it seems. The company is valued at $30.4 million USD (with shares at $0.33 USD), but currently has well over $150 million USD in outstanding loans, not to mention the $70 million USD loan from National Amusements that is now owed to Thomas. With the company losing money this past quarter and Thomas reportedly being only a passive investor (with no plans of sitting on Midway's board of directors or engaging in management decisions), the LA Times could very well be right that Thomas may be looking to divide and sell the company and hope to make a profit by the end of the day. However, this is only speculation; Mark Thomas has only released scant information on his plans through the attorney arranging the purchase, and is not granting interviews.

We'll keep an eye on this story. As we learn more, we'll report it here.

To read the Wall Street Journal's announcement of the sale, click here. To read the LA Times analysis of the purchase, click here.

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