News Archive - July, 2005
The Mortal Kombat Online Fan Submission Contest!

It's no great secret that the Mortal Kombat fan community has no shortage of artistic talent. From beautiful pieces of artwork to moving works of fiction, the fans have consistently stepped up to the plate to help enrich the world of Mortal Kombat. With a new Mortal Kombat game on the way, we decided to see who the best of the best truly is.

We are excited to announce the Mortal Kombat Online Fan Submission Contest! From now until August 19th, we will be accepting artwork and fiction revolving around the upcoming action-adventure game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks! The competition will be split up into two contests: one for Fan Art, and the other for Fan Fiction! The grand prize winners for each contest will win a true collector's item: a copy of Mortal Kombat: Deception, signed by members of the MK: Deception development team!

Do you think you're the best artist or the best author on the site? Now is the time to step up to the plate. Show us and the community what you've got. GOOD LUCK!

Mortal Kombat Online Fan Submission Contest

Rules and Regulations

  • This tournament is open to holders of Free and Flawless Accounts on Mortal Kombat Online. Staff, forum moderators, network site owners, and forum sub-moderators ("Shadow Priest" rank holders) of Mortal Kombat Online, and employees of Midway Games are ineligible.
  • This contest will have two separate competitions. One will be for Fan Art, and the other will be Fan Fiction.
  • In order for a Fan Submission to be considered, it must be related to Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Therefore, any Fan Art must involve characters and/or backgrounds seen in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Any Fan Fiction must take place in the timeframe of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat II.
  • We will start accepting entries at 9 PM EDT on Thursday, July 28th, and continue accepting them until 11:59 PM EDT, Friday August 19th. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • To enter your piece in the contest, submit it to the Fan Submission system located here, with the words CONTEST ENTRY in the submission title. Entries not labeled with "CONTEST ENTRY" will not be considered.
  • Contestants are limited to one entry per category. Any entries after the first one in either category will not be accepted.
  • The rules for standard Fan Submissions will apply to contest entries. Those rules are available here.
  • Neither Fan Art nor Fan Fiction entries can concentrate on original or brand-new characters not yet seen in the Mortal Kombat universe. Any such entries will not be accepted. In addition, Fan Art must be original works; submissions coloring other artists' works and "fakes" using pre-created sprites from previous Mortal Kombat games will not be accepted.
  • The winners will be announced the week of August 28th.

Official Prize List

//Fan Art Competition\\

Grand Prize Winner - Autographed Copy of Mortal Kombat: Deception by Mortal Kombat Development Team for Xbox Video Game System.
2nd Place - Collector's Mortal Kombat Online Ballcap, and a Mortal Kombat Online Flawless Account.
3rd Place - Collector's Mortal Kombat Online Ballcap

//Fan Fiction Competition\\

Grand Prize Winner - Autographed Copy of Mortal Kombat: Deception by Mortal Kombat Development Team for Playstation 2 Video Game System.
2nd Place - Collector's Mortal Kombat Online Ballcap, and a Mortal Kombat Online Flawless Account.
3rd Place - Collector's Mortal Kombat Online Ballcap

Competition Judges

Fan Art: AcjBizar, ~Crow~, Jonin01, RammSPOOn, Chan_Ming
Fan Fiction: ~Crow~, DArqueBishop, Jonin01, Chan_Ming, GhostDragon

UPDATE: September 6th -- We thank you all for your patience as we tallied the votes and discussed the pieces submitted. It is my great pleasure to present to you the winners of the Mortal Kombat Online Fan Submission Contest!

//Fan Art Competition\\

Grand Prize Winner -- JAX007
2nd Place -- Aculeus
3rd Place -- slickmkfan

//Fan Fiction Competition\\

Grand Prize Winner -- The_Truth
2nd Place -- liam616
3rd Place -- Bloodline666

Congratulations to our winners! Check your email; instructions for claiming your prizes should be in your inboxes now! Our thanks to everyone who participated in this event!

Concept Art of the female assassins and Kung Lao from MK:Shaolin Monks

Two new pieces of concept art from Midway's upcoming Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks have been released. Over on the Midway Forums, an administrator going by the nickname Cinder has posted a pencil sketch of the three female Outworld assassins, Jade, Kitana, and Mileena!

The three ladies will be seen in their own boss battle in the game, where you have to fight all three simultaneously.

In addition, Cinder posted a "koncept render" of Kung Lao that was designed for the upcoming TV spot. In his post, Cinder says the full-size render "could make good wallpaper".

To see the thread in which the female assassin concept art was posted (plus get a full-size version), click here. To see the thread in which the Kung Lao concept render was posted (and again get a full-size version), click here.

Our thanks to forum/chat member DECEPTION for the heads-up on these pieces of concept art!

MK Shaolin Monks Site Adds Pre-Order Page
The official website for MK: Shaolin Monks has updated! There is now a pre-order page:

As you can see, the website mentions that the 2-pack of 6" Liu Kang and Kung Lao action figures, free with each pre-order, will each feature 16 points of articulation! To visit the pre-order page, either visit the main MKSM site and click pre-order, or click here. Thanks again to DECEPTION for another update!
X-Box Magazine To Include MKSM Demo
As was first reported here back in E3 2005, there will be a playable demo of MK: Shaolin Monks available in the September 2005 issues of Official X-Box Magazine and also Official Playstation Magazine, on newsstands August 9th. Thanks to Mortal Kombat Guides, we actually have a picture of the demo disc that should be in stores everywhere:

That's correct, a simultaneous release of the demo in Europe is also available! To check out the website on the French X-Box Magazine with the MKSM demo, click here. Thanks to MK Online readers such as kubaidragon, DECEPTION, and Total-MK for the news! Pics of the PS2 Demo... koming soon?
IGN Exposes Liu Kang, Raiden, and Kung Lao
Another exclusive video, this time from IGN, reveals even more behind-the-scenes and in-game footage about the upcoming MK action-adventure game, MK: Shaolin Monks. Check out these screenshots:
The video is part of their ongoing weekly updates, starting today, titled Friday, Bloody, Friday. Check it out, you can also get their Shaolin Monks videos directly by clicking here. Thanks to MK Online forum/chat members DECEPTION and Buterbals for the word on this update!
MK Shaolin Monks Action Figures take action now!
Good news for fans of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks: If you pre-order now from EB Games, you will get a nice 2-pack edition of Kung Lao and Liu Kang action figures!

To check out the product page or place your pre-order, click here. Thanks to MK Online forum member Redsoul for the word on this update!
Total MK Posts Exclusive MKSM Ad and Interview
In a double whammie, Total Mortal Kombat has posted an exclusive interview with Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Producer Shaun Himmerick, as well as a high-quality advertisement for the game that will be found in gaming magazines everywhere. From the interview:
TMK: What is your favorite piece of Mortal Kombat art (renders,artwork) that has been produced?

Shaun Himmerick: Wow hard one. Umm...I like the new stuff a lot. I really like the Reptile render for MKSM, I also really liked Kenshi in MKD, and I really like the living forest in MKSM.
To read the interview, click here. You may also check out the exclusive ad by clicking the thumbnail below:

Thanks go to Total-MK for filling us in directly on this update!
GameSpot Posts MK: Shaolin Monks Official Movie 4!

GameSpot has just posted Official Movie 4 in their series of videos detailing information from Midway's upcoming action-adventure game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.

In this video, Ed Boon, Shaun Himmerick, and Tony Goskie discuss the backgrounds in the game. One of the points Ed makes clear, for example, is that one of their goals was to make it where anything that was a rumor in Mortal Kombat II should be brought to life in MK:SM. For instance, the Living Forest (which Shaun identifies as his personal favorite) is shown, with a living tree eating an opponent tossed into it. Another example that is given is that the Portal, long rumored to be a gateway to other places (and actually is a gateway to Goro's Lair to fight the hidden characters), is actually the hub of the game, leading to different locations. Mention is also made of the "body puzzle" system, where opponents' bodies are used to unlock secrets; for example, a body can be used to smash through a stone barrier, or tossed onto a catapult to be used as a projectile against a faraway barrier.

The video is available for download to GameSpot Basic and GameSpot Complete members, and available to stream for non-members. The high-res version of the video is 62 MB, and the low-res version is 29 MB. To see the video in its entirety, click here, and scroll down to Official Movie 4.

Our thanks to forum/chat member DECEPTION for the heads-up on this new media!

G4TV Previews Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks!

G4's popular videogame preview and review show X-Play will be covering Midway's upcoming action/adventure game Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks on their newest episode premiering tonight! From the X-Play website:

This X-Play's jam-packed with reviews! We review three new games on the PS2: Batman Begins, Gundam Seed and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Then we go portable and check out Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for the DS and Spider-Man 2 on PSP.

The episode premieres tonight at 11 PM EDT/8 PM PDT. After the episode airs, we'll have more information on what was shown, including screenshots. To see more information on the episode (plus information on other showings if you miss tonight's episode), check the episode page by clicking here.

Our thanks to forum member fraysol for the heads-up on this upcoming episode of X-Play! Here are the pictures from the episode, as promised:

UPDATE: X-Play has made a text version of their preview available on the G4 website, giving a fairly thorough impression of the game. For example, from the article:

The action reminds us of a dumbed-down version of God of War. Like Sony’s slick hack-'n'-slash, it's really easy to pull off really cool moves from the get-go. Shaolin Monk’s combat is also similar in that chaining together attacks and stringing together huge combos makes the fighting really interesting. The big difference is that it’s much, much easier to create combos in Shaolin Monks. You're given much more time between hits, making combinations comparatively undemanding. That said, the game is several months away and the fighting system will surely go though some tweaks.

Expect plenty of standard grunts attacking in the early going, allowing you to learn the various controls. While the level design seems simple so far, it's still fun pulling of the different moves, discovering which attacks are our favorites, and learning how to use them to make combos. Though Kung Lao’s hat throw is one of our favorites, we're having more fun playing as Liu Kang, mostly because of all those silly sounds he makes.

Interspersed between clearing rooms of bad guys there's some simple platform-jumping to be done--all culminating with a boss fight with Baraka. This exciting encounter mixes melee, projectile, and dirty tactics (Baraka can light captives on fire, causing them to run like maniacs and accidentally burn you). Overall the build we've played is an entertaining ride that leaves us wanting more.

To read the preview in its entirety, click here.

Our thanks to chat member Three-11 for the heads-up on this update!

July 22, 2005 - UPDATE: Also, they had another MKSM trailer again on yesterday's episode of Cinematech, which was titled "Karate Chop". From the Cinematech website:

Check out the amazing gameplay in Mortal Kombat: Shoalin Monk, kill aliens in Area 51, and rock out to the Barber of Seville and everyone’s favorite Italian, Mario.

For more information on this episode, including the next airing date and time, click here. Here are some screen caps from that as well:

Note: While all the Fatalities were censored with cute little kitty cat heads for X-Play, there was no such censorship in Cinematech. Yet, both episodes had the same rating of TV14-V for violence. Also interesting to note, while on the subject of ratings, that X-Play gives the game an M rating while Cinematech has the Rating Pending logo. Our thanks go to MK Online forum/chat user DECEPTION for this segment of the update!

SDCC-Exclusive Sub-Zero and Scorpion Pictures With Accessories
And other SDD News
We're back with a few more exclusive images and news items from San Diego Comic-Con. Firstly, enjoy the pictures of the SDCC-exclusive Cold Snap Sub-Zero and Demon Head Scorpion:

The first run of the figures will be available in retailers everywhere come August and will include Baraka, Raiden, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero. The next run of figures will come out in November or December of this year and will include MK: Shaolin Monks versions of Sub-Zero and Scorpion, plus the main heroes: Kung Lao, and Liu Kang.

Additionally, we can confirm that Tekken will be one of the very next fighting games added to the Epic Battles Trading Card Game due out in September which currently includes Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.

UPDATE: Here's another three shots, thanks to MKO forum/chat member |NS|!

Thanks again to |NS| for the three pics!
Mortal Kombat Online Attends San Diego Comic-Con
MK Cards, Figures, and More At SDCC
MK Online staff member RivetSpoon had a chance to attend San Diego Comic-Con, and was there ever a lot of Mortal Kombat stuff there!

To start off with, Midway had a playable demo of MK: Shaolin Monks available (the same demo that will be included within the next month on the demo discs with OPM and OXM magazines). Jazwares was there, promoting their MK: Deception action figures. They had a preview of the 10-inch Roto-Cast Noob Saibot figure, though photography was not allowed. The Demon Head Scorpion was for sale at the Tower Records booth, in addition to the Cold Snap Sub-Zero for sale at the AFX booth - both SDCC exclusives.

Additionally, the folks at Score Entertainment in conjuction with the artists at Udon Comics displayed the first preview of the Epic Battles Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter Trading Card Game. The cards pictures are just prototypes, and are subject to change - but needless to say, the detail is amazing. (One of the most interesting, in my opinion, happens to be Sindel doing her sonic scream, named The Sounds of Music, against Scorpion's spear and breaking it apart.)

There will be 119 Mortal Kombat cards and 119 Street Fighter cards, at least for "Round 1" - more cards will be available at a later date. All the MK characters are supposed to be from MK: Deception, with all the SF characters from SF3: Third Strike. Hardcore MK fans may notice a few exceptions, with some characters from Deadly Alliance being shown that only appeared in MKD briefly in either Konquest Mode or the Dark Prison Arena. They are still open to the idea of crossing over with other fighting games in the near future, and Fatalities and possibly other finishing moves will be included.

Stay tuned, some more pictures and a detailed explanation of the rules coming soon.
MKSM: The First Ten Minutes
10 Minutes of MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!
A great site for some of the up and coming Xbox games, Xboxyde, has posted a video containing the first ten minutes of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. This footage looks to be directly from the upcoming demo to be included with the next issues of OPM and OXM magazines, although really, it is the exact same stuff that we at MK Online showed you during our E3 2005 coverage. But guess what? The game is so cool, it really is worth seeing again.
So, enjoy the screenshots, and check out the video here. I'd like to thank Ultimate Ryu and several other people for sending in News Leads about this story.
Ad For Ordering MKD Figures Inside Lees Toy Review Magazine
See Ad Here
The latest issue of Lee's Toy Review (Issue #152, June 2005) has an ad for the Killer Toys website where you can order the Mortal Kombat: Deception action figures. Here's a scan of the ad, as well as the cover of the magazine in case you wanted to pick it up:

According to the ad, these are set to ship in August, so you can head on over to that site to pre-order them now or wait for them to hit local retailers near you!
Midway Opens up New Forums
Official Midway Message Board
After several years of planning (since the days of MK: Deadly Alliance), Midway has opened up their message boards to the public! Check out Midway Forums now! The highlight of the forums right now are for the most recent Mortal Kombat games - Mortal Kombat: Deception and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. There's also a third category of just general games by Midway, besides MKD and MKSM.

A big thanks to MKO forum/chat member DECEPTION for the heads up!
GameSpot Posts MK: Shaolin Monks Video Tour!

GameSpot has just posted a video tour of Midway's upcoming action/adventure game, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks! The video, which clocks in at just under three minutes, features commentary from MKSM team members such as Steve Beran, Ed Boon, John Vogel, Marty Stoltz, and Shaun Himmerick. The first half of the video covers the back story and the opening cinematic, where facts previously unknown are revealed, such as the fact that Kung Lao was presented during the first tournament, in disguise as one of Shang Tsung's guards. The second half of the video discusses gameplay mechanics; not much new is covered here, except for a mention (and demonstration) of the return of Test Your Might, as Kung Lao and Baraka parry, attempting to get the best of one another as the game shows a power meter for the player to fill.

The video is available for download to GameSpot Basic members, and for streaming to non-members. The low-resolution video is 34.4 MB, and the high resolution video is 76.1 MB. To download or stream the video tour, click here.

Our thanks to forum/chat member DECEPTION for the heads up on this breaking news story!

MKSM Trailer Video on OPM Disc
Pic of MKII Young Shang Tsung Included
The latest issue of Official U.S. Playstation Magazine (August 2005, Issue 95) has one of the trailers for Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks in very high-quality included on the bonus disc.

Check out these pics from the video:

That's right, in that last picture, you can clearly make out everyone's favorite MK villain, Shang Tsung, in his MKII costume, after Shao Kahn restores his youth. I'd like to give a special thanks to MK Online forum/chat user ShoeUnited for using his skills in helping to improve the quality of that last picture!
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