News Archive - February, 2004
MK: Deception Original Trailer Available For Download
Although the official Mortal Kombat: Deception website is offering an uncensored version of the trailer which GameSpot  released on the 26th, we have now obtained in Windows Media format the original censored trailer without a watermark. We are now providing it on our servers in its original untouched form. Also, we've gone ahead and set up a mirror to the uncensored version which was released on the official site yesterday.

Keep it on Mortal Kombat Online in the coming days as news breaks.

MK Deception NOT on GameCube
Nintendo fans will surely be disappointed by this news. After some speculation of what would happen, Midway has finally made an announcement.
"Mortal Kombat: Deception is not under development for GameCube," a Midway representative said.
Considering that MKDA's sales were less impressive on the GameCube then on the other systems, as well as the lack of online play on Nintendo's console, this move was somewhat to be expected.

Read the full article on IGN here, and thanks to Mitchell McCausland for the news.

First two games to be part of Midway Arcade Treasures
Well, looks like more good news today on the Mortal Kombat front. It seems rumors of classic Mortal Kombat games being bundled are true. At the Gamer's Day in Las Vegas today, Midway announced that Midway Arcade Treasures II would contain both the original Mortal Kombat and the highly acclaimed sequel, MK II. From the article at GameSpot:

The second classic compilation will feature more recent games than the first, including the original Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, NARC, and Total Carnage.
To read the whole article, Click Here.

Our thanks to MK Online reader CAMK for finding this article.
IGN Updates
While IGN doesn't really mention anything that we at Mortal Kombat Online haven't confirmed earlier, it does mention the existence of an X-Box and PS2 version. Unfortunately, no word on GameCube.

They give their own 2 cents on the article; mentioning the confirmation of Baraka, Scorpion, Mileena and Sub-Zero (fairly conservative, since many websites and individuals swear they see other Kombatants as well). They also mention that the Baraka vs. Mileena fight clip was part of an FMV scene and not actual gameplay, which was safe to assume already.

Go here to read the full article. Many thanks to chat member Bodzio of MK Center for informing us!

Announcing Mortal Kombat Bible!
It's official... hell has frozen over. After a year of waiting, Mortal Kombat Online is proud to announce the opening of its long-awaited Games Section, appropriately titled Mortal Kombat Bible!

For the record, we had originally intended on creating a database-driven games reference. We actually did get quite a bit finished on the original games section, and for that we thank those who worked on it, especially Potent-Seed. However, we were recently approached by Jason "skizelli" Shearer about hosting his Mortal Kombat Bible. We were blown away by the sheer amount of detail and work that had gone into this document, and we realized that both it and he were exactly what we needed. We're happy to announce that Jason has joined MK Online's staff. For now the original Mortal Kombat Bible text document will temporarily be available on the MK Bible site located at http://www.mortalkombatbible.com/, as he works towards creating a fully interactive version of the Bible, to be released within the next two months.

On a somewhat unrelated topic, we would at this time like to announce that Robbie "DigitalNinja" Reilly has since left Mortal Kombat Online to join Midway! He has been a valued member of our site, and we wish him well in his new position.

In any event, we would like to congratulate Jason and Robbie on their new positions, and would like to welcome you to Mortal Kombat Bible - The Ultimate Mortal Kombat Reference.
Midway Officially Announces Mortal Kombat: Deception!
Midway released a press release officially announcing the next game in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Mortal Kombat: Deception! From the press release:
CHICAGO – February 27, 2004 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced that the official title for the new version of the world-renowned fighting game franchise will be Mortal Kombat: Deception. Mortal Kombat: Deception is currently in development and scheduled to ship fall 2004 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft.

Shocking and evil,
Mortal Kombat: Deception pushes martial arts-style fighting and the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action that will appeal to long-time Mortal Kombat fans as well as next-generation gamers. The game features lightning-fast hand-to-hand and special weapons combat, secret and returning characters, moves and combinations with new death-dealing battles and fatalities.

"Mortal Kombat: Deception promises to take this revolutionary fighting franchise to an new level", said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "With a host of new features including multiple fatalities per character, multi-tiered interactive backgrounds and extensive new game modes, Mortal Kombat: Deception will set a precedent for all other fighting games to follow."
The lack of mention of the Nintendo GameCube in this press release seems to confirm the rumors that MK: Deception will not be released for that system. The game is current scheduled for a release sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

To read the press release in its entirety, click here.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Website Online!
Midway has brought the official website for Mortal Kombat: Deception online! The site, which requires Flash, currently only has an animation of thunder and lightning surrounding the MK dragon, similar to the attract mode of Mortal Kombat II. The MK: Deception trailer featured GameSpot is also available to watch or download.

The MK: Deception website is located at http://www.mkdeception.midway.com/.

Our thanks to MK Online reader Joe for the heads-up on this story!

UPDATE: It appears that the trailer on the website is in fact an uncensored version of the GameSpot trailer, complete with a full view of Scorpion's stage fatality on Baraka, blood splattering the MK dragon, and other changes. Our thanks to our readers for this heads-up on this correction.
Mortal Kombat: Deception Revealed at GameSpot!
GameSpot has come through with the very first impressions of Mortal Kombat: Deception, complete with a trailer of footage from the game! From the article:
As with every installment in the series, our first viewing of the trailer had us looking out for which fighters we recognized. The heavily edited clip and the grainy filter used to give the piece a nicely gritty look made it a challenge to single out everyone, but we feel pretty confident in naming a few folks. Baraka is back in all his toothy, blade-wielding glory. Three ninjas in the clip, each bearing one of the three colors from the classic MK ninja rainbow, make it pretty obvious some old friends are also returning. The first two ninjas appear to be Scorpion and Sub-Zero, and it looks like they're sporting fashionable updates of their classic looks. The third ninja, clad in red, is what we would certainly like to hope is Ermac. Mileena is also back, in what appears to be two purple outfits. While a variation on her original togs is in the mix, a new Jennifer Lopez-inspired ensemble is also on hand. It should be noted that both outfits appear to possess powerful magical properties, as they hang tough to Mileena's junk real good, even in the midst of combat. We also caught a few flashes of other characters who were harder to identify. A very brief flash of a battle between two characters toward the end of the trailer shows what could be Nightwolf; it's a stretch, we know, but we could swear we see deerskin boots and a tomahawk. As for the second fighter, clad in white with a funky hat, we're not sure. The color scheme is wrong for Raiden, unless he's gotten a makeover, which is possible. The last potential member of the cast--which we'll admit is a long shot, but we'll throw it out there anyway--could be Shao Kahn. During the dramatic cuts in parts of the trailer, a very Shao Kahn-like helmet appears several times. We never actually see him in action at all, so we may be stoking the sure-to-be-busy rumor mill, but we'd like to think that we know our skull-shaped metallic helmets pretty well.
The article also goes in-depth about the look of the stages:
As for the arenas you'll be duking it out in, we saw precious little of these environments, although we did pick out what appeared to be six different areas. We already briefly touched on an arena set atop a large pillar in the midst of an abyss. You can see mountains and a temple in the distance. Another arena with a similar theme is set atop the roof of a building during a rain shower. Yet another arena appears to be set in a good old apocalyptic wasteland, complete with bodies on pikes. The last few areas we saw offered a change of pace from the unholy locales. A factory, complete with the pool of flaming hot lava you always seem to find in them, was briefly shown. The interior of a castle, which seems to have troublesome floors, was on display as well. The most intriguing of the areas shown has a nice Hellraiser touch in the form of bodies apparently swinging from chains. We'll be curious to see if the corpses wind up being interactive during combat.
The article also makes mention of the online play, though not saying much more than the fact that online-play is only confirmed for X-Box and Playstation 2. We'll keep you informed as more news becomes available.

To read the article in its entirety and see the trailer, click here.

Our thanks to forum/chat member Baraka_MK for the heads-up on this article!

UPDATE: Jason "skizelli" Shearer was good enough to provide us with these screen captures from the video. Simply click on the thumbnails for larger images.


UPDATE: We have confirmed through an anonymous source within Midway that the red ninja is in fact Ermac! This should end speculation concerning the identity of at least one of the new fighters. Our thanks to our source for the heads-up!
Mortal Kombat 6/Deception not Online Compatible with Gamecube.
In a conference call with Midway Games yesterday afternoon, it was learned that the online capabilities for Mortal Kombat 6/Deception will be only for the Playstation 2 and Xbox consoles. No mention was made that the Gamecube version would be playable online. With the system's lack of an official network service or network device, it isn't all that surprising. It's not clear if the next installment of the series will even be on the Gamecube system. As confirmed through our sources within Midway and in this conference call, the decision to make Gamecube titles will be on a case per case basis in the future. Gamecube is currently making only a small percentage of sales for the company.

On a lighter note, ceo David Zucker announced that Mortal Kombat 6/Deception has secured two magazine covers here in the U.S. and another four in Europe. As noted in a previous update, we have learned that one of the magazines will be PSM in April, with the other remaining a mystery at this time. Last, it is now known that the next installment will see the return of a Konquest mode, new puzzle and board games, and interactive stages that will effect the outcome of the fight itself.

Midway Games releases Fourth Quarter 2003 Ending Results.
Midway Games released its fourth quarter and full year 2003 results in a press release issued today. Of interest to us, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance for the Playstation 2 remained one of the top selling games from the quarter. Also, Midway provided the following 2004 outlook:

The Company expects to release seven major titles in 2004 including: The Suffering, NBA Ballers, MLB SlugFest: Loaded, Psi Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Narc, Area 51, and Mortal Kombat VI. In addition to these major title releases, the Company expects to ship several other products in 2004 including value-priced games and PC games. "Our 2004 lineup is indicative of our new strategy of focusing on content for more mature gamers, over-the-top sports games and games that financially leverage existing Midway franchises and brands. We are eagerly awaiting the launch of our next two major products, The Suffering and NBA Ballers, as we believe these titles are the first to reflect Midway's new approach to developing and marketing games," commented Mr. Zucker.

To read the press release in its entirety, and read more information on Midway's financial position, click here.
MK Kompilation?
While this should not be considered absolute proof, there is evidence of a Mortal Kombat Kompilation disc on the gaming site, GigEx.com. And though these usually change, the article gives the compilation a release date of Dec. 14, 2004.

Coupled with the upcoming Midway TV Games by JAKKS TV Games, 2004 is looking to be the year of Classic Kombat! Click here to read the full article.

Thanks to MK Online forum user MENTHOL for the news.

MK Warehouse and Unofficial MK3 Movie Page Join MK Online!
We at Mortal Kombat Online are proud to announce that the Mortal Kombat Warehouse and the Unofficial Mortal Kombat 3 Movie Page have joined the Mortal Kombat Online Network! The Mortal Kombat Warehouse is the net's leading source of MK-related media, including sprites, music, and movies! The Unofficial Mortal Kombat 3 Movie Page is the net's leading source of information concerning the next MK movie. If it's confirmed, it's reported here.

The webmasters of these two sites, Murdoink and Potent-Seed of MK Warehouse and Shinnokxz of the Unofficial MK 3 Movie Page, have worked hard to bring these quality sites to the community. Please join us in welcoming them to the Mortal Kombat Online Network!
JAKKS Pacific Secures License from Midway for TV Games!
JAKKS TV Games, the company responsible for the Namco TV Games and Atari TV Games plug-and-play consoles within a controller, has announced that they have inked a deal with Midway Games to create a multiple-game console based on classic Midway games, including Mortal Kombat! From the press release:
MALIBU, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAKK) announced today that the Company has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with Midway to produce a version of JAKKS' TV Games(TM) based on classic Midway(R) titles. TV Games is a plug and play gaming system that contains multiple classic games in one single controller.

Midway TV Games will feature top-selling Midway games, including Mortal Kombat(R), Spy Hunter(R), Rampage(R), Joust(R), Defender(R) I & II, Robotron:2084(R), Marble Madness(R), Smash TV(TM), Super Sprint(TM) and Paperboy(R). All that is needed are batteries and a TV -- No videogame consoles and no gaming cartridges are required. Simply plug TV Games into the A/V jacks of any standard television set, turn on and play. The lightweight, compact, all-inclusive controller, houses a combination of videogames with all of the hardware built right into the controller. This technology allows gaming fans to enjoy a number of videogames with just one single purchase.
To our knowledge, this is the first ever released Midway compilation which included any Mortal Kombat game. According to the press release, the Midway TV Games console will debut at the International Toy Fair 2004, and retail for $20.

To read the press release in its entirety, click here.
Midway to announce 2003 fourth quarter Financial Report
Taken from the following news report:
Midway Games has announced that they are preparing to release their official financial results for the 2003 fiscal fourth quarter on Wednesday February 25.

Midway will host a conference call and will simultaneous webcast the announcement at 4:45 eastern standard time. Both are open to the general public.
Credit goes to Rhoam of GameSpyDaily for the article.
EXCLUSIVE: Render of Baraka from Mortal Kombat 6/Deception!
Click to enlargeAn anonymous source recently sent us the following image, and our sources within Midway have confirmed that this is in fact an image of Baraka from Mortal Kombat 6/Deception! This is the first confirmed render from the new game released to the public.

 

We will release more information as we get it. Our thanks to our anonymous source for the render!

Mortal Kombat 6/Deception to be Featured in April 2004 PSM?
PSM Magazine has announced that their April 2004 issue will feature a look at a game under development that they cannot name until the actual issue ships. From their website:
Okay, okay... if you're a loyal subscriber, you've just gotten our March 2004 issues in your mailbox. Have you gotten to the final page yet? If so, I bet you're wondering what we'll have in the April issue that's so secret, we've taken a blood oath not to speak its name before you've gotten your mitts on the issues. Well, you see, blood oaths are pretty big deals, so I can't really spill anything on the big surprise. But I can guarantee you will get the most in-depth exclusive first look at a game we've ever delivered. And not just any game — a REALLY big game. Okay, I can say its a sequel. To a REALLY good game. We've seen it, played it, come away dizzy — but no one else has. But that's all I can divulge. So, in short, there is a very real reason to get psyched for the April '04 issue of PSM, on sale or in your mailbox in late March. I promise.
We have learned from a reliable anonymous source that this game is none other than Midway's Mortal Kombat 6/Deception. The issue will be out in late March 2004; we will report further on PSM's coverage as it becomes available!
Mortal Kombat: Deception Domains Registered
Midway Games has now acquired the web addresses mkdeception.com and mortalkombatdeception.com as of February 6th. They are currently directing to the company website. Though an official announcement has yet been made, this should put all suspicions behind that Mortal Kombat: Deception is not the title for the next installment of the series; continuing its trend of using sub-titles in the name. We have reasons to believe that the official announcement will be made very soon, and if that's the case you will hear it here first. Keep your browser on Mortal Kombat Online for the latest as news breaks!
Blood-Sports.net Names 20 Top Fighting Games!
Blood-Sports.net, a site dedicated to all kinds of fighting games, has released a new feature article entitled "The 20 Best Fighting Games of All Time", including more than one entry by the Mortal Kombat series! From the article:
This was originally going to become a “top 10 best fighting games of all timeâ€?, but as we were compiling this list, it became very obvious that it wouldn’t be that cut and dry. There have been so many good fighting games released over the years, especially since the early 90’s, that compiling a top 10 list was just impossible. So, we present to you, the top 20 fighting games of all time. Yes. 20.

What did we consider when creating this list? We needed to consider many factors:
  • Whether the game brought anything new to the genre (and did it well)
  • Whether it refined previous concepts to perfection
  • It’s popularity, based on sales or money spent at the arcades
  • What the fans say about it, from our own forums to what other sites and magazines say about it
As you can see, it definitely wasn’t an easy task. This was a very hard list to actually sort out in any particular order, in fact some games are so close together they could almost be tied for positions.
To see for yourself which MK games made the list and how they placed, click here. Our congratulations to Midway and the Mortal Kombat development team on this honor!

Our thanks to of Blood-Sports.net for the heads-up on this news story!
New Line No Longer Distributing New MK Movies?
Mortal Kombat Online reader Anthony Maurizio recently emailed Robert Shaye, co-chairman and co-CEO of New Line Cinema, to ask if New Line would be the distributor of the next Mortal Kombat movie, as they were with the original movie and Mortal Kombat Annihilation. Mr. Shaye's response was simply, "We no longer have any subsequent rights."

The status of the third movie, which is already something of an enigma, is now even murkier with this answer. Even if there is a third movie, who will have the rights to distribute it? We will report more on this story as news becomes available.

To read the email in its entirety, click here. Our thanks to Anthony Maurizio for the heads-up on this story!

EDIT: Forum member Abismo dug up an old chat on Threshold's Mortal Kombat page where Josh Wexler states that Threshold has all the rights to new MK movies, including distribution rights.
<NosajMKD> My question is for the 3rd film with the movie be released with New Line or who will it be with and this time will Threshold have control over how the movie goes unlike the New Line MKA matter?
<Joshua_We> Nosaj - we have gotten all the rights back from New Line - Threshold will be in control!
To read the interview in its entirety, click here. Our thanks to Abismo for the update on this news story!
Welcome to Mortal Kombat Online!
The time for change is among us. During the past five years, a website was introduced to the world to provide the first rumors and information regarding what was then known as Mortal Kombat 5. This website started from nothing and ultimately became the most popular resource of the Mortal Kombat franchise. That site was MK5.ORG. Last we checked, MK:DA was out the door in November of 2002. As the first news of the sixth installment of the series will be breaking sooner then you think, we thought there could be no better time to make such a significant change to our site. All of us proudly introduce Mortal Kombat Online, located at its new domain at www.mortalkombatonline.com!

Since we have become the most trusted name of the Mortal Kombat Community, we felt our name should reflect that. This change is almost difficult for the staff as we are very much attached to our old name. But with this strong new title, we have a lot to live up to now. And are we ever going to live up to this name! Without a doubt, Mortal Kombat Online is going to be your top choice for Mortal Kombat 6 news. The coverage you will see this year is going to be stronger than ever before. In 2004 we will be working together with Midway Games to promote the game to its fullest extent, and it's only going to get better when we make our third trip up to Los Angeles in May for the Electronic Entertainment Expo! If you thought our coverage in 2002 at the show was amazing, just wait and see what's in store. During the month of February we also have a lot of surprises on the way, including the long awaited Games section. The finishing touches are being put on it now, and we can't wait to get it out the door. With that, welcome to the Ultimate Mortal Kombat Experience!