News Archive - August, 2004
TheMortalKombat.com Gets Updated
The official Mortal Kombat movies website, Mortalkombat.com, has updated. The site is now divided into 2 main sections: "Film" and "Games". It looks like some MK: Deception content will be thrown in the games section soon. Meanwhile, fans will notice that the next Mortal Kombat movie sequel already has a working title: Mortal Kombat: Devastation!

Thanks to MK Online Network Member Shinnokxz of The Unofficial Mortal Kombat 3 Movie Page for this unexpected update!
MSGD2004: More Exclusive Gameplay Videos!
To conclude Mortal Kombat Online's coverage of Midway Summer Gamers' Day 2004, we are pleased to present five more videos of Mortal Kombat: Deception in action. While these videos are not direct-feed, and some do not feature complete matches, they are still entertaining!

Note: Please Right-Click/Save As to download these videos, rather than attempting to stream them.

For those who are curious, these videos are taken from the Playstation 2 version of the game. Also of interest, in the first four videos, Player One is none other than Ed Boon himself! The final video is RammSPOOn and I hiking around The Prison, highlighting the random prisoners and their reaction to a Kombatant who has inched too close to a cell.

These videos mark the end of Mortal Kombat Online's coverage of Midway Summer Gamers' Day 2004. We hope you've enjoyed our exclusive footage from this event, as we've definitely enjoyed bringing it to you! Be sure to keep checking here for the latest and greatest information on Mortal Kombat Deception!

MSGD2004 Media Round-Up
With the conclusion of Midway Summer Gamers’ Day 2004, many video game media outlets have posted their updated reactions to Mortal Kombat: Deception. Rather than summarizing each individual publication’s reaction, we will simply post links to each article here.

Click each link to read the respective article:

Game Informer
Team Xbox
1up
GameSpy
GameSpot
IGN
GamePro

Keep in mind that neither Mortal Kombat Online nor Midway Games are necessarily affiliated with any of these sites, so the information contained within may not be entirely accurate.

IGN Begins Fatality Fridays!
In an unexpected move, IGN.com has released direct footage of one Baraka's fatalities from Mortal Kombat: Deception, along with their impressions of the game after Midway Summer Gamers' Day! From the article:

Mortal Kombat: Deception features a single-player campaign, a well-developed versus mode, a special chess game, a puzzle game and it might even be able to shine your shoes. It's the Swiss Army Knife of the Mortal Kombat franchise and after running through most of what the game has to offer we realize just what the deception is in Mortal Kombat: Deception: it's not just a fighting game.

To read the article in its entirety, click here, or view Baraka's fatality, which is available to stream for free, here. From the looks of things, IGN.com should be updating every Friday with a new fatality, up until the game's release! We'll be sure to be on the watch for this exciting new round of Fatality Fridays!

Special thanks to forum member mpetrie for the heads-up on this story!

MSGD2004: Bonus Footage

To help give you a feel of what Midway Summer Gamers' Day 2004 was like, we have collected a few snapshots of the events. In these pictures, you'll see Ed Boon hanging out with Scott-Howell and myself at Osetra and the THIN/Onyx Room, as well as select images from the games that you may not have seen elsewhere. Be sure to check out the images of unlocked Krypt items (including the first shots of Scorpion's alternate outfit and Liu Kang's Tomb!), as well as the select screen from Unreal Championship, where a few mysterious silhouettes seem to be quite familiar...

Later we will have a few more videos and images to wrap up our coverage of MSGD04! Stay tuned!

MSGD2004 Direct-Feed MK: Deception Gameplay!
To help you crave Mortal Kombat: Deception even more than you are able to contain, Mortal Kombat Online is proud to present our exclusive direct-feed footage of the game, obtained just today from San Diego, CA!

Note: Please right-click/save these files, rather than attempt to stream. This eases server load, allowing all of our users to obtain these movies.

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    It is worth noting that this footage was obtained from the X-Box version of the game, and was taken with the purpose of being a gallery of new characters, special moves, and features in the game. We played on a two-inch LCD screen, so forgive us for not being über-gameplay masters. At a later date we will be posting additional video and photo footage from Midway Gamers' Day.

    MSGD2004 Mortal Kombat: Deception Impressions
    Needless to say, the staff of Mortal Kombat Online was quite excited to receive the invitation to Midway Summer Gamers' Day 2004. Having never attended an event focused entirely on Midway products, and being able to rub elbows with some of the most influential people in the Mortal Kombat universe, we were quite psyched up for such an über-event.

    Now that the doors to THIN/Onyx have officially closed, Scott-Howell, RammSPOOn, and myself have come away as believers in the future of the Mortal Kombat universe. Without commenting on what has already been discussed in depth, Mortal Kombat: Deception has shaped itself up to be not only a premiere game in the fighting-genre, but also as a fantastic title for any gamer (whether they be puzzle fans, RPG-fans, or action fans). What stands out about Midway in comparison to previous years is a sincere desire for quality, rather then a insufficient desire to have titles out "on time". Each game shown today featured not only a solid foundation, but a serious scrubbing behind the ears. In terms of Mortal Kombat: Deception, it is evident that the game has been polished and re-polished to a shiny glow that will fill the gap that was left in some players' hearts after Deadly Alliance.

    To sum the game up in simple terms, it was fun. To play Mortal Kombat: Deception is to revisit Aladdin's Castle or Quarter Time in the days of Mortal Kombat 1 and 2, where players spoke trash, jabbed one another, and had a great time laughing at the shocking moments of old. What Deception features is replayability, the keystone element that many games are now missing. Fighting in traditional Kombat modes puts a player in traditional fighting elements on adrenaline. Unequally yoked players will find one another enjoyable to play against, because variables keep everyone on their toes. Keeping a look out for those bright-red lines on the floor will cause even the most skilled of players to rethink their fighting strategy, and the salvation of a stage weapon can put some hope into the heart of even the freshest of novices. If traditional Kombat is not your thing, MK Chess allows you the timeless battle of brain versus brawn. A smarter player can devastate a better player, simply by using strategy. However, if the smart player isn't careful enough, the better player can win with a solitary pawn. Puzzle Kombat finds a happy end to this, allowing brain-to-brain match-ups of the MK faithful. And for what Konquest lacks in sheer polygonal beauty, it makes up for in tons of story-telling intrigue. But the faithful have already figured these things out. Here are some of the details that were revealed for the first time today:

    Kombat: Previously unseen in traditional Mortal Kombat fighting were the combo-breakers. As you have seen in screenshots and movies, each player has three white lightening bolts underneath their energy bar. These three bolts signify how many breakers each fighter has available, limiting characters to a small amount of opportunities to use breakers. This adds a greater element of strategy, so that players cannot simply perform breaker after breaker to deter their opponent. Breakers are easy to accomplish: Simply pushing forward+block will do the trick. However, it becomes difficult to conserve these special moves when facing a combo-friendly foe. It would seem that Breakers have effectively replaced Power-Ups, Reversals, and Taunts (but does anyone miss these three Deadly Alliance maneuvers?). Also unseen in traditional kombat is the great amount of depth put into each character, as each moveset seems to interlace much more smoothly into the match. No longer faced with overlooked infinite-combos or cheap chains of jumpkicks, warriors will feel the additional speed and the greater power of upper-cuts and strong throws to turn the match into their favor. Back, of course, are teleport moves and uniquely effective special moves that not only cause damage but also relocate characters on the arena floor, making them susceptible to stage dangers. On the topic of stage dangers, we've seen some cool new hazards to face. On the Yin-Yang Island, not only are you in danger of piranha death attacks, but you also run the risk of being knocked in the head with a coconut if you are bumped into a tree. The Prison will find you at risk of being grabbed mercilessly by jailmates (the cast of whom seems to be randomized between matches, featuring Goro, Cage, Sektor, Kai, and many more!), leaving you open to free shots by your foe. Windows break, glass panes shatter, pictures on the wall shake around. Everything is very interactive, and it is very fun to see the looks of shock on everyone's face when a particularly well-placed throw ends the match in a pool of gratifying blood. Arena sneak-previews and concept art that we've seen include Liu Kang's Tomb, Dragon King's Lair, and returning Deadly Alliance stages Kuatan Palace, Quan Chi's Fortress, and tons of retro backgrounds (including Pit 2 [complete with a witch flying across the moon!]), The Portal, Dead Pool, and so many more). While the gameplay will feel very familiar in comparison to Deadly Alliance, it is only a matter of a few rounds that tons of fresh gameplay elements become uncovered.

    Krypt: Returning to Deception is the Krypt. Though there are "only" 400 koffins this time around, each seems to be filled with more memorable kontent. In the half-dozen I was able to purchase, I unlocked Scorpion's alternate outfit, concept work for Liu Kang's Tomb, and a staff bio for Nick Shin (I attempted koffin NS as being "Noob-Smoke", but I was wrong!) Interestingly, Koffins are not only unlocked via earned koins (from won matches, accomplished Konquest tasks, and simply found strewn throughout the game), but also via keys that are obtained only through search and discovery in Konquest mode. Usually, the keyed koffins feature the more desirable pieces of kontent (alternate outfits, unlocked characters). The Krypt features characters running around in the background, perhaps as a throw-back to all of the Noob Saibot rumors from Deadly Alliance. The setting for the new Krypt is an outdoor graveyard, and unlocking koffins "digs-up" the unlocked goodies from the ground.

    Chess, Puzzle, and Konquest: Not that these three modes deserve to be grouped into the same category, but not much has changed in their actual gameplay since the E3 build. Both are still quite fun, and the polish has come in the form of more resolute finishing moves (as have been seen in the trailers), tighter graphics, and more characters to select. The majority of the attendees' gameplay was in traditional gameplay mode, so unfortunately we had little time to explore the new features in each. Rest assured, however, that each mode looks fantastic and will undoubtedly be a blast to play online against friends. In fact, several developers on the Mortal Kombat team threw comments back and forth (many quite hilarious) regarding their numerous experiences facing off against one another online into the wee hours of the night. As mentioned earlier, Mortal Kombat: Deception is all about the replay factor, leaving tons of content and interest reserved for cross-country face-offs. It is also worth mentioning that extensive work has been put into lag-prevention and "jerk-proofing" the system, so that unpluggers will be penalized and made apparent for their sins.

    In conclusion, Mortal Kombat: Deception comes highly recommended by the three of us. You will have fun. You will be challenged. You will lose sleep, and your grades will go down. But it's worth it. Mortal Kombat: Deception is the next-generation fighting game that we have all been waiting for, and October cannot come soon enough. As for now, it has been a pleasure covering Midway Summer Gamers' Day; on behalf of Mortal Kombat Online, thanks for making us the number one news source for all of your Mortal Kombat needs. Be prepared for our exclusive direct-feed footage and other goodies coming your way in the upcoming hours. Our extended thanks to all of the staff members of Midway Games who put on such a great event, especially Tim DaRosa, Sarah "Smooshy" Moschea, and of course, Mr. Ed Boon. As for now, this is Mobster4Christ saying, "Godspeed and good night!".

    Midway Gamers Day MK: Deception Media Blitz!
    We are now continuing our LIVE coverage from Midway Summer Gamers' Day in San Diego, California! The doors have just closed at the THIN/ONIX room where we picked up several new rounds of the latest build of Mortal Kombat: Deception. Later tonight we will also provide our complete impressions of this build as well as exclusive direct feed footage. In the mean time, enjoy the following video from the presentation recorded earlier today where series co-creator Ed Boon showcased a video preview of MK: Deception. Feast your eyes on the first footage of Noob Smoke in action, as well as the unique fighting style system used for Shujinko. Also witness a few never before seen fatalities and Hara Kiri finishing moves. Note: Right Click and Save the file to your hard drive. Please use the mirrors below if they are avaliable before trying to download the file from Mortal Kombat Online:

    We are also providing these brand new media assets that were passed out at the event:

    Check back later for our exclusive direct feed footage, impressions, and more!

    Announcing Live Coverage of Midway Gamers Day!
    Greetings, this is Mobster4Christ coming to you live from San Diego, CA. I am here with Scott-Howell and RammSPOOn, where we have just left Midway's initial presentation of 2004-2005's hot new titles. Of course Mortal Kombat: Deception was featured in its full glory, complete with a walkthrough by Ed Boon himself.

    As a special surprise to you, our users, expect a huge update later today complete with direct feed, trailers, renders, and more exciting news about the next title in the Mortal Kombat series.

    To hold you over, two pieces of information were revealed today. The first being that Shujinko will not only feature standard fighting styles, but will also be "an uber-character" that will possess special moves from nearly every fighter in the Mortal Kombat universe. Footage we saw had Shujinko tele-slam his opponent (Kenshi/Ermac), freeze his opponent (Sub-Zero/Frost), and then throw a harpoon (Scorpion). In additional news, it was revealed that neither Smoke nor Noob Saibot will be featured in Mortal Kombat: Deception. However, a new hybrid character named Noob Smoke is present. He is two entities in one, and functions much like a tag-team character for some devestating fighting action.

    Stay tuned here to Mortal Kombat Online for exclusive footage of Midway's Summer Gamer's Day 2004! As for now, we are off to go play Mortal Kombat: Deception.

    Official MKD Site Gets Updated
    Midway has updated their Official Mortal Kombat Deception Website. Here's what's new:
    • 14 Konfirmed Kombatants
    • 3 New Arenas Revealed
    • New Shujinko and Scorpion Hi-Res Shots
    • More Kontent Koming in September

    So visit the official website at: http://www.mortalkombatdeception.com/. Our thanks to Tanya_The_Destroyer for the news!
    MK Characters in Unreal Championship 2
    Yes, Midway Games, who is in charge of the Unreal Championship titles for the X-Box, will include Mortal Kombat characters. IGN has posted the new trailer for the game. This FPS, already familiar to many PC gamers, will probably feature Fatalities - the command "Finish Him!" is very noticeable in the trailer. It will also feature "special guest appearances from another realm" (it flashes the MK dragon symbol across the screen as it mentions this!)


    This will come as no surprise to avid readers who have noted MK characters making cameos in Slugfest 2005 and Psi-Ops as well.

    Click here to download the trailer. Thanks to MK Online forum/chat member SubScorpTile for the update!
    Mortal Kombat: Deception Intro Movie Now Online!
    GameDaily has posted what has to be one of the most significant videos yet concerning Midway's upcoming Mortal Kombat: Deception: the opening cinematic! Without going too much into detail (so as to remain spoiler-free), it tells the final fate of the Deadly Alliance and shows the aftermath of that final confrontation.

    Update: The video has since been removed due to a request by Midway..

    Our thanks to forum member souledge316 for the heads-up on this important update!
    IGN Gives Hands-On Review Of Midway Arcade Treasures
    IGN got to do their own hands-on preview, this time on Midway Aracde Treasures 2. One of the more interesting things mentioned was that the emulation is not 100% finished, with Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 only running at about half-speed at this point in time. (Not mentioned in the article is that at E3 earlier this year, Midway had the first Mortal Kombat running at perfect speed.) Also mentioned is that the GameCube version is coming the furthest along.  Here's some praise for the MK games near the end of the article:
    Twenty bucks for twenty games is never a bad deal. But when those twenty games are award-winning arcade hits...that's one hell of a package. There are a few games, like the Mortal Kombat duo, that are worth the pricetag alone. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 shouldn't be missed, no matter if you're an old-school gamer or someone who's never even experienced the originals when they hit the gameroom those many years ago.

    To read the full article, click here. A big thanks to MK Online forum member mortalkombat247 for the news.
    GameSpot Posts More Videos & Pictures!
    Yes, GameSpot has done it again... 5 more videos! The coolest is the one featuring Kabal vs. Kobra. The also posted an additional 6 screenshots - including what appears to be Kira in Konquest Mode.



    Check out the videos here, and the new screenshots here. Thanks to Hooky-Fooky for the word!
    GameSpot Releases 5 New GamePlay Videos
    The folks over at GameSpot have updated with 5 brand new GamePlay videos of MK: Deception. One of the fights is Darrius vs. Dairou, eliminating once and for all the rumor that they are the same character. We've also got some nice clips of Nightwolf vs. Mileena, and a Sub-Zero vs. Ermac battle. Finally, we're treated to a Chess Kombat and Puzzle Kombat movie.
    As usual, the videos are free to stream as a GameSpot Basic member, and you must be a member of GameSpot Complete to download the high quality versions. Thanks go to MK Online Chat/Forum member UrbanSmooth for the word.

    UPDATE: Looks like they weren't done updating! Check out these 2 hot new updates:

    Thanks to MK Online members crazyred and darthtsung for the good news!
    GameStop Offers MK Controllers
    Wow, surprising news for MK fans everywhere. Nuby Tech will be offering Mortal Kombat controllers! This is something many of us MK fans have wanted for years. While not for sale yet, GameStop is already taking pre-orders for them. As of now, there are 5 controllers planned:
    Thanks go to yojimbo24 and overkill_78 for this exciting news!

    UPDATE: The manufacturers of the Mortal Kombat controllers have a website now, at http://www.mortalkombatcontroller.com/. All that is there now are the MK Deception logo and the words "Coming Soon". As we learn more, we'll update here. Our thanks to forum user JayboH for the heads-up on this update!
    Mortal Kombat: Deception coming to Gamecube in 2005.
    Midway Games reported today the shocking revelation that Mortal Kombat: Deception will be ported to the Nintendo Gamecube early in 2005. In response to much pressure from fans which came mostly through petitions, GameCube owners will finally not be abandoned. The official announcement was not intended until next week, however IGN was given the news earlier today. From their article:

    The GameCube version of Deception will be a perfect port of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions, which are scheduled to release this October. However, it will not feature online play, as the other builds will. A Midway spokesperson revealed to IGN that the company will add two new, exclusive features to the GCN incarnation in place of online play.

    IGN contacted chief marketing officer, Steve Allison to get his input on why this turn of events has been decided on. From their interview:

    Midway has a lot of GameCube fans and as you pointed out in your first question, it's upwards of 300,000 plus on GameCube worldwide. Again the decision to hold or delay Deception from the GameCube platform was really driven from a need to turn the team's focus towards getting online gameplay solved on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox…in the end, the team's theory of getting Deception working flawlessly online for both proved absolutely true.

    The announcement on IGN is available here, while you can continuing reading the interview with Allison by clicking here. We received an overabundance of news leads on this story, but we would like to thank the guys over at GameDaily for the initial heads up. They reported the rumor to us last night that such an announcement would be made, however when after contacting Midway we were told that their claims were "unconfirmed and unjustified". Well, justification certainly came today.

    IGN Posts Three New Bios: Shujinko, Baraka, and Hotaru!
    IGN has posted three new biography/behind the scenes videos from Midway's upcoming fighting game, Mortal Kombat: Deception! The videos are however, mislabeled; the video marked "Hotaru" is in fact the video for Baraka, and the video marked "Shujinko" is in fact the video for Hotaru. Baraka's video features discussion of the character by Ed Boon and Richard Divizio (who played him in Mortal Kombat II), especially discussing the origin of the mask. Shujinko and Hotaru's videos, on the other hand, feature their newly-released bios:
    Hotaru - A hero from the realm of Seido, Hotaru fights to preserve law and order. Although his initial sojourn to Outworld was to kombat the Emperor Shao Kahn, he has since allied with a ruler he believes will bring stability to the realms.

    Shujinko - Long before Liu Kang won the Mortal Kombat tournament in Earthrealm, Shujinko began his quest to retrieve the Kamidogu for the Elder Gods. He journeyed to many realm where he met many experienced warriors along the way.


    The video features John Vogel, Jay Biondo, Jennifer Hedrick, Tony Goskie, Nick Shin, and Mike Boon all discussing the character; he is an agent of Order and will uphold it at all costs, while Havik (who is glimpsed briefly) is an agent of Chaos. To this end, Hotaru has sided with the Dragon King. Also, the video gives the first confirmed gameplay footage of Liu Kang, though he does little more than stand around and take a beating.

    As always, the videos are available in Quicktime format for IGN Insider members, and Windows Media format for non-Insiders. To view or download the videos, click here.

    Our thanks to forum member themaggots for the heads-up on this breaking news story!
    The U.K. Will Enjoy MKD at Game Stars Live
    Game Stars Live, an E3 like video game convention, will run from September 1st through the 5th in London. Midway will be there, and will have a playable demo of MK: Deception. Says Matt Broughton, European Marketing Director for Midway Games:
    Game Stars Live is shaping up to be THE consumer show for gamers. We're very excited to showcase our titles in front of such a keen audience, especially Mortal Kombat Deception – on-site and available to play a full two months before release. Coupled with 10/10-scoring Psi-Ops, we're sure these titles will draw crowds to the Over-18 zone.
    Get the full Team Xbox article here, and visit the official Game Stars Live site here.

    Our thanks to forum/chat members Cyber_Axe, CAMK, and White_Pointer for the heads up!

    MK: Deception Ads Now In Print
    Mortal Kombat: Deception ads are beginning to appear in gaming magazines. Anyone who picks up the October 2004 issue of PSM Magazine (#89) will be treated to a new full-page ad with the Baraka render in between two spikes from one of the game's death traps.



    Notice that featured in the ad are 2 of the awards that it won at this year's E3 (picked "Best Fighting Game" by both IGN and GameSpot).
    GamePro Provides New Details in MK Deception Preview!
    GamePro's October 2004 issue features a three-page preview of Midway's upcoming fighting game, Mortal Kombat: Deception! While much of the article is stuff we already knew, there are some tantalizing tidbits. For example, the character count is touched upon:
    Deception's lineup consists of 24 fighters - 12 that are available at the start of the game and another 12 that can be unlocked - "and then some super-unlockable ones," says Ed Boon. "These are the ones that you dig up in Konquest mode way after you're done with the game."
    Also, Boon comments on the new "combo breakers" and air juggles:
    "One of the comments that we got from the last game was that the role of the combos is kinda high," says Boon. "So we added ways to break or get out of combos." When fighting on the ground, you can knock an attacker away in the middle of a combo by simultaneously pressing into them and pushing the Block button. The jury's out on countering air juggles, though. "We're still toying with the idea of making juggles uncounterable," says Boon, "as our air juggles are more elaborate here than they were in Deadly Alliance."
    Hari kiris and death traps are touched upon as well. The new information given includes Sub-Zero's hari kiri (he freezes himself solid and then falls over, shattering) and confirmation that death traps can be turned off, even in online play.

    The island stage was also touched upon by Ed, as he explained how the death trap might work:
    One intriguing stage takes place on a tropical desert island with the time constantly changing from day to night. "There are two different versions of a ring out in this stage," says Ed Boon. "During the day, it's like Virtua Fighter where you're floating in the water; at night, pirahnas attack you."
    Finally, Ed hints to a new aspect of two different fan favorite characters... namely, Smoke and Noob Saibot:
    "Noob Saibot and Smoke are two characters that are kind of fused into one," says Ed Boon, "so they're going to have all these weird juggle-combos with their different fighting styles."
    As always, due to copyright reasons we are unable to provide scans of the article. However, the October 2004 issue of GamePro should be available at newsstands soon!

    Our thanks to forum members ermac07 and ShoHayabusa for the heads-up on this news story!
    GameSpot Releases New Video of MK History!
    GameSpot has released a video featuring a history of Mortal Kombat, with commentary from Ed Boon. The video starts with the first game, and leads all the way in to Mortal Kombat: Deception. While newly available for download, the video itself is not entirely new; it was first premiered at the pre-E3 Mortal Kombat Deception party.

    The video is 140 MB in size for the hi-res version, and 62 MB in size for the lo-res version. GameSpot Basic members can download the video, while everyone else can stream it for free. To see the video, click here.

    Our thanks to forum member sub-zeromasta for the heads-up on this news story!
    IGN Posts Exclusive Video on New Game Modes!
    PS2 IGN has posted a new exclusive video, this time demonstrating the new game modes featured in Midway's Mortal Kombat: Deception! The video features MK design team members Dan Forden, John Vogel, Steve Beran, and Ed Boon as they describe Konquest Adventure, Chess Kombat, and Puzzle Kombat. While nothing groundbreaking is shown (though we see Shujinko's arrival in what appears to be the Netherealm and a confrontation with Mileena), it does give a summary of what can be expected out of the new game modes.

    As always, the videos are available in Quicktime format for IGN Insider members and Windows Media format for non-Insiders. To see the video, click here.

    Our thanks to MK Warehouse webmaster Murdoink for the heads-up on this news story!
    PhantUm.com releases Mortal Kombat: Deception Interview
    Another interview with producer John Podlasek and game programmer Nick Shin surfaced today at PhantUm.com. The interview doesn't contain that much new information, other than that the team is putting on the finishing touches on Mortal Kombat: Deception. It also mentions the release date of October 4th, 2004. Also of interest is the second mention of a possible sequel:

    I can say that it’s probably a safe bet that there will be another MK title in the works sooner than later :-) ...What, when, where, etc are obviously still up in the air at the moment.  Our energies right now are focused towards the completion of Deception and we’re really excited to see what you guys think!

    To read the interview in full, click here. Thanks to user Jason Leyanna for bringing this to our attention!
    Mortal Kombat 7 Confirmed for Next Generation Consoles
    With Mortal Kombat: Deception still two months from release, it comes as quite a surprise that we are reporting on the first news of Mortal Kombat 7! According to a statement by Midway Games CEO David Zucker at the RBC Capital Markets North American Technology Conference in California, the next chapter in the series is underway. From the webcast:

    We’re making Mortal Kombat 7. We’ll have a PS3 SKU and an Xbox 2 SKU and we’ll have a wireless SKU.

    If any new developments surface we'll keep you updated. You can hear the webcast for yourself by clicking here.

    IGN Posts Three New Bio Videos: Jade, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero!
    PS2 IGN has posted three new biography videos from Midway's upcoming fighting game, Mortal Kombat: Deception! These videos feature the returning characters of Jade, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero! The Jade video also offers us our first glimpse of her game profile:
    Longtime ally of the Edenian crown, Jade witnessed the arrival of the Dragon King and raced to Edenia to inform her queen of Kitana's fate. She arrived too late, however, for Tanya had already imprisoned Queen Sindel. She freed Sindel and the two escaped to Outworld.
    The Jade video also features John Vogel discussing her evolution as a character. The Scorpion video also features Sal Divita discussing Scorpion (who he played in Mortal Kombat Mythologies), and the Sub-Zero video features John Turk discussing the character, who he played in both Mythologies and Mortal Kombat 3-Trilogy.

    To download or view the videos (in Quicktime format for IGN Insiders, or Windows Media for non-Insiders), click here.

    Our thanks to forum user DMitch for the heads up on this breaking news story!
    Midway Officially Announces MK: Deception Limited Editions!
    Hot on the heels of IGN's coverage of the Mortal Kombat: Deception Limited Editions, Midway has issued a press release officially announcing the existence of the Limited Editions! From the press release:
    Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced that special, Limited Editions of Mortal Kombat: Deception will be available when the latest iteration of Midway's best-selling fighting franchise ships to stores nationwide, scheduled for October 4, 2004. With more than 20 million copies sold worldwide, Mortal Kombat continues to be one of the most popular videogame franchises of all-time and Mortal Kombat: Deception will be the first 3D fighter to feature online gameplay for both the PlayStation ®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox ® video game system from Microsoft.

    The
    Mortal Kombat: Deception Limited Edition will feature distinctive packaging available in five unique box covers. The Mortal Kombat: Deception Premium Pack, available only on the PlayStation ®2, will feature exclusive premium box packaging featuring Sub-Zero.
    The
    Mortal Kombat: Deception Kollector's Edition, available only on Xbox®, will be available in four unique collectible box covers featuring: Baraka, Mileena, Raiden and Scorpion. The Limited Edition sets have a suggested retail price of $59.95 and will include the following:

    • An arcade-perfect, playable of the original
    Mortal Kombat ®videogame
  • Over 40 minutes of bonus DVD video content featuring a "History of Mortal Kombat" movie that chronicles the origins of the franchise through the release of
  • Mortal Kombat: Deception, along with exclusive biographical videos for each of the 25 characters in the game.
  • A serialized, embossed metal Kollector's Card created exclusively for the Limited Edition sets; there will be five unique cards in total (each of a different MK character), corresponding to the respective packaging.
  • The full text of the press release can be found here.
    New Line-Up and Look for Midway Arcade Treasures 2!
    Midway has sent out a release today, announcing a new line-up and new look for their upcoming compilation game, Midway Arcade Treasures 2! From the release:
    Midway Games Inc., a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced the updated game list for Midway Arcade Treasures 2, a compilation of twenty of your all-time favorite arcade classics all found on one disk. In addition to the updated line-up, Midway also unveiled the new "look" for its Midway Arcade Treasures brand packaging (see Midway Web site information below).

    The sequel to the successful
    Midway Arcade Treasures (2003), Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is scheduled to ship October 11, 2004, for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube™ with a suggested retail price of $19.99. The revised line-up will consist of the following classic titles:
    • A.P.B.™
    • Arch Rivals™
    • Championship Sprint™
    • Cyberball 2072™
    • Gauntlet® 2
    • Hard Drivin'®
    • Kozmik Kroozr'™
    • Mortal Kombat® 3
    • Mortal Kombat® II
    • NARC®
    • Pit Fighter™
    • Primal Rage®
    • Rampage World Tour®
    • Spy Hunter® 2
    • Timber™
    • Total Carnage™
    • Wacko™
    • Wizard of Wor™
    • Xenophobe®
    • Xybots™
    This release confirms that Mortal Kombat 1, which was shown as part of Midway Arcade Treasures 2 at E3, has since been dropped from the line-up.

    Midway has also made the box art for all three versions available to view:

    MK: Deception Official Site Updated!
    Midway Games has updated their official website for Mortal Kombat: Deception! Once past the age verification on the main page, the features of the site include:
    • Hi-res images of Mileena, Baraka, and Sub-Zero!
    • Renders for Shujinko (hover your mouse over the fourth circle on the left) and Tanya (hover the mouse over the fourth circle on the right)!
    • Screenshots featuring Shujinko, Baraka, and Ermac in action!
    • Images of the Sky Temple, Netherbelly, and Dark Prison (complete with imprisoned Stryker!)
    • Both the E3 trailer and the most recent trailer (originally seen on GameSpot) available to view and download!
    • Links to preorder the game!
    • Mentions of new characters in site's meta tags including Onaga, Dairou, and Havik.
    The website also tells which stores will get which version of the X-Box Kollector's Edition: GameStop will have the Baraka cover, Wal-Mart will have the Raiden cover, EB Games will have the Scorpion cover, and Toys R Us and GameCrazy will have the Mileena cover. All copies of the PS2 Premium Pack will have Sub-Zero on the cover.

    To see the updated MK: Deception website in all of its glory, click here.

    Our thanks to network site owner Murdoink of MK Warehouse for the heads-up on this news story!
    IGN Reveals Details and Box Art for Limited Edition MK Deception!
    PS2 IGN is reporting on the much rumoured limited editions of Midway's upcoming fighting game, Mortal Kombat: Deception! From the article:
    In an announcement out of Chicago this evening, Midway Games has officially announced something that anxious gamers who have been pre-ordering may have already noticed -- that a special edition of Mortal Kombat: Deception is definitely on the way. In fact, there are several of them.

    Officially known as
    Mortal Kombat: Deception Premium Pack, and Mortal Kombat: Deception Kollector's Edition, the special sets will ship on the same day as the regular editions (October 4), only with the benefit of extra features. The Xbox-only versions of the game, known as MK: Deception Kollector's Edition, features four distinctive packaging options that star Baraka, Mileena, Raiden, and Scorpion. The PlayStation 2-only Premium Pack, on the other hand, boasts a specialized cover with the legendary Sub-Zero.

    Each limited edition game will retail for $59.95 and will include an arcade-perfect version of the original
    Mortal Kombat. In addition, there will also be more than 40 minutes of bonus DVD video content which incorporates a "History of Mortal Kombat short film and exclusive biographical videos for all 25 playable characters. As an added bonus, each of the five different MK: Deception limited edition sets will also contain a serialized and embossed metal Kollector's Card created exclusively for that copy of the game.
    The article also provides box art for the limited edition versions of MK: Deception. To read the article in its entirety, click here.
    X-Box and PS2 Both Have MK Kollectors Editions
    A visit to EB Games and a search for Mortal Kombat: Deception will wield some interesting results. For starters, there's the standard X-Box and PS2 versions of MKD. You can also pre-order the strategy guide from BradyGames. Finally, there is the MKD Kollector's Edition (for X-Box) and MKD Premium Pack (for PS2). Though they have different names, the only real difference is the console, as they have the same features. Those features were mentioned before, but they're worth repeeating:
    • Special Edition Packaging
    • An "arcade perfect" version of Mortal Kombat 1
    • Comprehensive "The History of Mortal Kombat" from inception through MK: Deception
    • Additional 15 character video bios (25 total)
    • Serialized limited edition trading card
    It should be noted that the PS2 page says it will be a "Serialized Limited Edition Sub-Zero metal trading card". Also something worth mentioning: The release date on every product is October 4.

    Very exciting news for those who were worried about whether the PS2/X-Box consoles would receive equal treatment. Hopefully this will put many concerns to rest. Pull up the search results here. More on this as events unfold, and thanks to mortalkombat247 for the tip!