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News Archive - June 2010

Shang Tsung and Raiden Playable, Classic Sub-Zero
by Gambid on Jun 27, 2010 :: 12 Comments

The Brazilian website IG published a article about the upcoming Mortal Kombat, based on what the author, Gus Lanzetta, saw on E3. He even had the chance to talk with producer Hector Sanchez who revealed that Shang Tsung and Raiden are going to be playable in the next Mortal Kombat game and that the Sub-Zero who we have seen is actually the classic one. He is Sub-Zero we saw in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and in Mortal Kombat 1 (1992).

For those of you unfamiliar with the mythology of the series, the classic Sub-Zero is killed by Scorpion during Mortal Kombat 1 and later returns as the corrupted Noob Saibot. Sub-Zero we know from the post Mortal Kombat 1 story is actually the younger brother of the original Sub-Zero.

Click here to read the article. Due to the fact that most of you probably don't speak Portuguese, here is a link to the translated article.

We especially like the screenshots in this article!!!

The Summer Issue of EGM With TWO Covers + New Arena Revealed
by Gambid on Jun 27, 2010 :: 9 Comments

We recently discovered that the summer 2010 issue of the Electronic Gaming Monthly will actually have two different covers. The one with Sub-Zero, which we already saw and one with Raiden. Here are the two covers:



A small preview featured in the latest digital issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly shows a picture of Sektor currently fighting on The Temple or The Church which originally debuted in Mortal Kombat 3:



Visit Electronic Gaming Monthly for more information.

Kamudogu Interviews Ed Boon And Steve Beran
by Gambid on Jun 27, 2010 :: 2 Comments

As we already mentioned in an earlier updates, fellow Mortal Kombat fan site and our affiliate Kamidogu.com was present on this years E3 and was able to interview two of the members of the development team: Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon and art director Steve Beran.

In his interview Ed Boon discusses the part of the game in the Mortal Kombat time line. He also once again states that if there are hidden or new characters in the game, this will not be documented. Ed Boon also confirms that there will be no Kreate a Fighter mode in the game. Konquest mode will also be absent and the story will be told in a Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe kind of way. The endings will not be just still images but will also not be fully rendered movies.



In his Interview Steve Beran talks about the challenges which the team had to face while redesigning the characters and the backgrounds for the game. He also gives some behind the scenes information on X-Ray mode.

Arena Art: The Living Forest
by Gambid on Jun 27, 2010 :: 2 Comments

Russian Mortal Kombat fan site MK Server has released images from two arenas from the upcoming Mortal Kombat game: The Living Forest and The Pit 2. The second one we have already seen, but the first is brand new:

The Return Of MKast
by Gambid on Jun 27, 2010 :: 0 Comments

A couple of days ago Hector Sanchez revealed on his twitter page that the MKast is going to make a return very soon. For those of you who did not follow the development of Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe I should probably say that MKast was a series of 30-minutes podcasts, hosted by Hector Sanchez and Hans Lo. The series discussed the development of the game and also saw some great guests, including Ed Boon, John Tobias, Jimmy Palmotti and Shaun Himmerick:

hecterrific: If we can get to 85,000 fans on our Facebook page, I'll raffle a couple of t-shirts off to followers on our next MKast

hecterrific: lol hopefully we record it this week. anything you want us to talk about in particular?


We will inform you as soon as the first new MKast gets available. So stay close.

The E3 2010 Update Part 2
by Gambid on Jun 21, 2010 :: 0 Comments

The fact that E3 is over doesn't necessarily mean the end of the information. On the contrary, a lot of new things including reviews, interviews and movies might appear online even a couple of days after the expo has closed its doors.

So let's see what new stuff is out there:

Probably one of the biggest news is GameSpot's E3 2010 Stage Demo: Mortal Kombat, a video interview with Ed Boon with a demonstration of the game, during which you can see the new select screen in a a lot better quality, a lot of gameplay footage that includes Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Sektor, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Mileena and Nightwolf. Here is the video:



If you want to only see the Fatalities from the clips, then there they are:







Now for those of you who prefer to look at the things in detail, we have 50 still images from the gameplay footage. We grabbed of course the most interesting moments:





















































Another great news comes from our affiliate Total Mortal Kombat who had the chance to take an amazing interview from Ed Boon. The video is now online so hurry up and watch it, right here.

Another two great interviews come from GiantBomb and Destructoid. Watch them here:





Looking to read some more articles about the game. Take a look here:

- GiantBomb: Mortal Kombat Cuts Down To The Bone
- Kotaku: The New Mortal Kombat Cuts Deeper Than Ever Before

For more information about the new Mortal Kombat visit our game's section.

Looking for Moderators
by Gambid on Jun 19, 2010 :: 4 Comments

Hi guys,

we, the Mortal Kombat Secrets Staff Members are looking for forums moderators. People who are willing to help us to further develop and expand this place, so that it can become even better. People who have ideas for this place and are willing to commit part of their free time to this community.

If you are one of these people, let us know by sending me a PM or an E-Mail. Write in it everything that you think might be important.

The Mortal Kombat Secrets Staff Members

The E3 2010 Updates
by Gambid on Jun 16, 2010 :: 3 Comments

Now this is going to take a while. We have so much things we want to tell you about. The information, the multimedia and the enthusiasms are all flying around ever since this year's E3 opened its doors. The fact that the new Mortal Kombat was not playable for everyone didn't stop the fans to get what they want, tons of information. In fact if I start publishing the separate stories the first one will land of the main page, before I have finished with the last one. This is why I will post everything in one huge news article and I will publish as I write, so keep pressing F5.

Lets start:

Rigo Cortes, the Community Manager of Netherrealm Studios posted one more image of the Mortal Kombat booth at E3:



A lot of information about the game has been uncovered during E3. Scorpion for once has finally made his appearance and ended the worries of many fans about not being included in the game. I hope that we will now stop receiving Mails, PMs, YouTube and Skype messages from worried and/or angry fans who asked why he is not in the game, because well... he is.

A beta version of the select screen of the game has been shown at E3. The select screen contains 26 character boxes + 1 random box + 1 box for DLC. If you sum the number of the fighters in the games Mortal Kombat 1 - Mortal Kombat 3 you will get a number near 26 (+ 1 or 2, because there might be a discussion about several character). And with Ed Boon confirming that the team is focusing on the Mortal Kombat 1 - Mortal Kombat 3 characters I believe we already know who most of the characters in the game are going to be. But, Scorpion is currently the only newly confirmed character.

The following two screenshots appeared on the Internet, confirming everything I just wrote. The original source of the images remains unknown to us (if you are reading this, contact us, and we will give you the deserved kredit). The Main Menu screenshot first appeared on Russian Mortal Kombat fan site MK Server while the one with the select screen was first shown on fellow Italian Mortal Kombat site and our affiliate Inside MK. The version of the screenshots that you see on our site is slightly different, because I allowed myself to enhance them, by correcting size, proportions, colors, ... for your viewing pleasure. So enjoy:



The characters that you can see on the Select screen are: Scorpion, Mileena, Reptile, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Nightwolf and Sektor.

The Story

During an interview made by GameSpot Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon reveals a lot new details and gives important information on the story line of the game. This will start at the end of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and will involve time travel and a lot of the events from the first three Mortal Kombat games will be retold. But see it for yourself:



Click here to read GameSpot's Hands-On article.

In another preview, this time from IGN a lot more details are given about the story and the Super bar. From the article:

We're also talking about a new take on the series' story. "Mortal Kombat has this timeline - eighteen years of making games, and we really didn't want to just continue, like, chapter seventeen of the whole story," says Ed Boon, the co-creator of the series. "So we're kind of doing a Back to the Future type of thing, where Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn, and just before he delivers the last blow, he sends a mental message to his earlier self, so the camera rewinds back to Mortal Kombat 1. The Raiden from back then gets a message and he doesn't know what's going on, but he knows something bad's going to happen, and the game spans Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3, retelling the story with an enlightened Raiden, and he's changing the course of things, so everything you've seen happen before – Liu Kang winning, the guys turning into cybernetic ninjas, are changed around, so you might see a character become cybernetic who wasn't before, and so you see a different version [of events]."

Sounds interesting, doesn't it. lets see now what the preview has to say about the Super Bar and a new X-Ray feature:

Powering the gameplay system is a Super meter that functions much as you'd expect. It's a three segment bar, and different moves use different numbers of segments. An enhanced special, for instance, uses a single segment. Enhancing a super basically gives it more oomph. Reptile's slimy green projectile gets much larger, while Kung Lao's spinning hat changes from horizontal to vertical, embedding itself in his opponent's chest.

The Super bar also ties into tag team. In tag team games you can instantly swap with a partner, or you can tag them in to assist with an attack. You can do the former at any time, but the latter will cost you a segment. This stops people from abusing the system, but still leaves things open for crazy tag combos.

Of course, the real jewel in the crown of the Super system is that when it's full you have the chance to do an 'X-Ray attack' (this may not be the final name by the way – it's mostly descriptive at this point), where your character does a sequence of devastating slow motion punches and/or kicks, and the impacts are shown in x-ray vision. Y'know, so you can see the bones shatter.

The Super meter also helps players turn the tide of a battle. Sure, it builds whenever you do a special move, but it also builds when you take damage. So the more you're getting wailed on, the quicker you'll be able to respond with an X-Ray move.


For the rest of this amazing preview you will have to click here.

The impressions of the others

We already gave you links to a couple of previews and hands-on, but now we continue exactly in this direction:

Visit the forums of our affiliate TRMK and read the impressions of a fan who was at E3.

Also click Wildgunmen to read the first fmpressions of Aaron Chatha over at Wildgunmen. A lot of interesting information and fatality images in this one.

Now, the Fatlities...

The Fatalities in the game are promised to be the most bloody and brutal ones and... they are.

The first complete Fatality that the fans were able to see was Kung Lao's Body Split Fatality. It was shown during Sony's presentation of the 3D games for PlayStation 3. Yep, the new Mortal Kombat will have a 3D mode on PlayStation 3. GameTrailers have the clip from the presentation on their website. Click here to watch it. To save you the time we cut just the Fatality and we can see it right here:



ScrewAttack has uploaded an amazing hands-on video that not only reveals some details about the game but shows the Fatalities for most of the currently announced characters. Here is the video:



Non E3 Stuff

The following two images are actually not from E3 but they are just as great as the info that we receive from the expo. Lets see them:



The first image is from the next (239) issue of the returning Electronic Gaming Mounthly Magazine. it was originally posted here.

The second image is an image of the Pit 2 arena from the new Mortal Kombat. It was published on fellow Luxembourgian Mortal Kombat fan site Mortal Kombat Universe. Check it out.

Who is on E3

Unfortunately we couldn't be there due to a lot of different reasons. But two of our Affiliates are. Check the exclusive E3 coverages of:

- Total Mortal Kombat
- Kamidogu

Because it is one think when you hear about the game from the press, but it is a whole other thing when you hear about it from a real fans.

Two Mortal Kombat 9 Ad Photos From E3
by Gambid on Jun 13, 2010 :: 1 Comments

The french website GameKyo has published its first photos from this years' E3. Two of the are of an advertisement of the new Mortal Kombat:



Click here to see the rest of the photos over at GameKyo.

Interview With MK: Rebirth's Jax' Michael Jai White
by Gambid on Jun 13, 2010 :: 0 Comments

Asylum has published an exclusive interview with actor Michael Jai White who played the role of Jackson Briggs in the recently released short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. In the interview the actor from Spawn talks about his involvement in the first two feature films and in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and explains how they were going to show Jax's Metal Arms in the short. Definitely a must read material for the fans of the short film. From the interview:

Finally Getting the Chance to Play Jax
I was connected to both previous "Mortal Kombat" films. I was supposed to play Jax, but had to pass because I was doing the Mike Tyson movie and "Spawn." They were shooting at the same time. My chance to finally walk in Jax's shoes in this really felt good. I'd love to do it as a movie.

Reinventing Jax for "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth"
Our natural take on it is to make it gritty and dark. Jax is still a hell of a fighter. He's still a super-badass, but he's just restrained by the letter of the law. We played with some ideas of building that up between him and Scorpion. That you're seeing two very powerful fighters, only Jax's hands are bound by the fact that he's an officer. He can't do what Scorpion can do. We have it pretty fleshed out on how we would take it.

Jax's Metal Arms
Jax still has his metal arms -- we just didn't show it there. We were playing with some ideas when my arm hits the table to have this reverberation effect.

There would be some great fights with Jax. There's so much I haven't had the chance to do. I've probably shown one-eighth of my martial arts ability on screen. I got the chance to do a little bit in "Undisputed II" and "Blood and Bone." But with something like Jax and fighting elite fighters, I'd get the chance to do a lot of things I haven't been able to do in other films. With Jax having his metal arms, I'd use a lot of Wing Chun because it relies heavily on the arms.

Will "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" Become a Feature Film?
If Hollywood is cool enough to get on board. I think a movie of this type with a hard edge is what people want. I think this a reboot of the game itself. There was this fantasy world that people were used to, but now we're bringing it into another world. Just like how "Batman" was rebooted -- there was the fun, Joel Schumacher "Batman," and then there's the Christopher Nolan one. That same analogy works with "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth."


Click here to read the entire interview at Asylum.

Mortal Kombat 9's E3 Booth
by Gambid on Jun 12, 2010 :: 15 Comments

In Chapter 1: E3 Starts Right of GameTrailers TV's E3 All Access series you can see a digital version of the Mortal Kombat's E3 booth. If you look close enough you may notice that Kung Lao is slicing the body of his opponent from the head down with his hat:



Click here to to watch the video at GameTrailers TV.

Another Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Interview
by Gambid on Jun 12, 2010 :: 0 Comments

Crave Online has published an exclusive interview with actor Matt Mullins who played the role of Johnny Cage in the recently released short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. From the interview:



CraveOnline: The entire internet was a buzz about this trailer that leaked out today. Can you set the record straight and give us the scoop on what it is for?

Matt Mullins: It has been really cool to see all of the buzz about the short. The truth is, the short is about showing a vision of what the next Mortal Kombat movie can be. I think it is a very well thought out concept that pays homage to the video game and its fans. The attention to detail and the little elements added will set this film apart from all the other films.
...
CraveOnline: How did you become involved in the project?

Matt Mullins: I had known Kevin for about 5 years, but I never had a chance to work with him. A few months I got a call from Kevin about being involved in a short that he was planning to shoot. He sent me the script and I was blown away. When I sat down to meet with him, and he explained his vision, I was so excited to be involved and could not wait to start.
...
CraveOnline: How do you think this version will be better from previously released remakes?

Matt Mullins: I think this new vision has a very fresh look at the franchise and brings it the movie back to the gritty and violent nature that made Mortal Kombat game so popular. Kevin is very passionate about the project (as the rest of us are) and this short is only a taste of things to come.


Click here to read the entire interview at Crave Online.

Interview with MK: Rebirth Director Kevin Tancharoen
by Gambid on Jun 12, 2010 :: 0 Comments

Collider.Com has posted an exclusive interview with Mortal Kombat: Rebirth director Kevin Tancharoen in which he talks about what he would like to do in a feature film. Here are some highlights from the interview:


  • They shot the short film over two days on two RED cameras

  • Started in early April and it took 2 months to do the post production. Most people donated their time. The short was made for $7,500

  • Knew if he was going to get a chance at a genre picture, he’d have to show he could do it on his own. This is a calling card for a chance at making the next Mortal Kombat feature film and it’s his vision for how he’d do it.

  • No one at any studio knew he was doing the short

  • Oren Uziel wrote the short. He’s currently listed on IMDb to write the next Mortal Kombat movie at Warner Bros.

  • Says he wants to make a movie that balances the real world with the mysticism and the special powers. Compares it to the way Harry Potter exists in two worlds. As in there are two universes that coexist with each other.

  • Confirms “fatalities” are definitely in his movie. He wants to put them in the tournament in an “organic way”

  • Definitely would use “get over here” (the classic line from the game)

  • Michael Jai White plays Jax Briggs in the short and he’d definitely be a part of the feature.

  • Says Scorpion is the bad guy and will stay a bad guy

  • They only had 4 hours to shoot the big fight scene


Probably the most important part of the interview is where the director explains his vision and the whole part of the Mortal Kombat mythology, mysticism and Special Moves in a possible next Mortal Kombat feature film with him in the director's chair.

The excitement of the director about the project is really admirable, but I will let you read the interview on your own now.

Click here to read the entire interview at Collider.Com.

THE NEW MORAL KOMBAT IS PURE BRUTALITY! (+Wallpapers)
by ded on Jun 10, 2010 :: 10 Comments

The wait is over! Watch the first official Mortal Kombat 9, actually it is just Mortal Kombat now, trailer:



That is correct the game has finally been announced by Warner Bros and Netherrealm Studios.

The game is a complete reboot of the franchise to re-establish it with Warner Bros.



“We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand’s legendary characters and fighting style.”

“We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”

That's right, and you can see it from the trailer too, the gameplay of the game will be in 2D with incredible 3D graphics.

In the announcement trailer we see only well known fighters:

- Shao Kahn and Raiden





- Reptile



- Mileena



- Kung Lao



- Johnny Cage



- Sektor



- Nightwolf



- Sub-Zero



A few addition characters are shown as parts of the arenas but not shown as playable:

- Kenshi, Daegon and Reiko on the Pit II arena



- Shang Tsung sitting on the thrown on The Throne Room arena



- Kira and Li Mei on Kahn's Arena



Currently confirmed battle arenas are:

- The Pit II (from Mortal Kombat II)
- Kahn's Arena (from Mortal Kombat II)
- The Deadpool (from Mortal Kombat II)
- The Throne Room (from mortal Kombat 1)
- Rooftop with industrial background (probably new arena)
- The Bridge (or at least it looks like it, from Mortal Kombat 3)
- The Living Forest (from Mortal Kombat II)

New feature will be include Tag Team battles and Co-Op in Arcade mode.

Stay tuned for more info! We will update this new with images really soon. An update of our Mortal Kombat 9 section is also coming.

But for now, click here to visit the official website of Netherrealm Studios and here to visit the official website of the new Mortal Kombat.

Interested in decorating your desktop with the most recent Mortal Kombat wallpapers? Click here for our latest wallpapaers. Enjoy!!!

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth
by Gambid on Jun 10, 2010 :: 8 Comments

Two days ago a mysteries 8 minutes video clip appeared on YouTube. It has the title Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. It was uploaded with absolutely no additional information and caused a tremendous confusion and excitement both, among the fans and the press. Theories started to fly around the internet that this is a trailer for the third movie or even a trailer for Mortal Kombat 9. The fact that the video shows real and well known actors only helped things get developed in this directions. The situation became a lot more clear when actress Jeri Ryan who plays FBI Agent Sonya Blade in this video posted the following messages on her Twitter page:

It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film.

More MK FAQs: I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was. And I'm not sure how you can contact WB...


So, the video is an idea of reimagining the Mortal Kombat universe for a new movie. The director, Kevin Tancharoen wanted to pitch his vision to Worner Bros. and probably get a funding for the project.

The video shows several Mortal Kombat characters, including Jackson Briggs, Scorpion, Reptile, Johnny Cage, Baraka, and Sonya Blade and mentions, shows photos of two more, Sub-Zero and Shang Tsung.

The story is set in 2010 in Deacon City and the bad guys (Reptile and Baraka) are shown as a homicidal maniacs and killers. They, just like all other characters are humans and poses absolutely no extraordinary powers.

But, enough talking, lets see the video:


Here is some cast and crew information:
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Jackson Briggs: Michael Jai White
Scorpion: Ian Anthony Dale
Reptile: ???
Johnny Cage: Matt Mullins
Baraka: Lateef Crowder
Sonya Blade: Jeri Ryan

We also made a few screencaptures from the Full HD version of the video to show you all the characters that appeared in this video.













Click here to visit the YouTube channel of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.

Thanks to Infierno4551, Darkness Rain, goran.snd, Michael Simpson and all the others who contacted us with information on this story.

Up To Speed
by Gambid on Jun 5, 2010 :: 0 Comments

You might have noticed that we havent posted a lot of news lately. There are several reasons why.

Reason 1: There was almost nothing to report
Reason 2: We have been rather busy with another site and not-site related projects: Our Kombat Kolumns section has significantly grown in both number of articles (currently 21) and fan base. We have also finally managed to bring the entire site up to Version 3.5 which is compatible with pretty much every browser out there. Now we can progress further with integrating the new website engine that debuted with our Kombat Kolumns section and is currently in use by several other sections as well. Please let us know if there are any problems.

But, with the official announcement of Mortal Kombat 9 knocking on our doors we decided to bring you and us up to speed to everything that has happened in the world of Mortal Kombat and we might have missed.

The next 4 news articles will give you not only the most recent information about the topics in question but will also make a summary of the already known information, so that we can all prepare for the thing to kome!!!

Update: Our Mortal Kombat 9 section is now online. It currently contains all news and known facts. The section will be expanded as soon as new information becomes available.

Mortal Kombat 9 Updates
by Gambid on Jun 5, 2010 :: 0 Comments

One of the reasons for not having any news on Mortal Kombat 9 is simply the fact that there is almost nothing to report. The next Mortal Kombat hasn't even been officially announced yet. Here is what we know so far:

Mortal Kombat 9, as it is currently called, has been in developed for more than an year, actually ever since Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe was released. The game will use the engine (modified Unreal Engine 3) that was build for Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe and will return to the dark and bloody roots of the franchise with a guaranteed mature (M) rating.

Currently no characters, arenas, story lines, special moves or Fatalities have been announed.

In February, fellow Mortal Kombat fansite and our affiliate FDMK was the first to report that Dana Lyn Baron, the actress who voiced Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe posted the following text on her official website:

In September — right before I left for Paris & the South of France — I reprised my role as Sonya Blade for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s next installment of the MORTAL KOMBAT videogame.

Only a couple of days later FDMK reported that actress Brenda Barrie, who did some motion capture work for Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe has listed Kitana and Mortal Kombat 9 in the Motion Capture category of her website. Additionally a release date for the game was given: 12.25.2010.

Shortly after both things were discovered, the websites of the two actresses have been changed and the entries for Sonya, Kitana and the release date have been removed.

Does all this mean that the two characters will be in the game? Honestly, it looks good. But don't take all of this for sure thing until an official announcement is made. As for the release date... it was too early for a concrete date. But... we will wait and see.

Nearing a possible official announcement of Mortal Kombat 9, Warner Bros. has started to prepare for the big advertisement campaign and created:

- Official Mortal Kombat YouTube Channel and
- Official Mortal Kombat Facebook page

This possible official announcement might be comming at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

The news about Mortal Kombat 9 being part of the games that Warner Bros. will present at the expo was brought to our attention by GamePro who interviewed Warner Interactive President Martin Tremblay. From the article:

GamePro: Warner obviously comes with a whole library of IP. What should we be looking for from Warner next?

MT: If you look at the landscape of publishers, you'll see is everyone has their own crown jewel. They have their own key franchises that they are they developing for a specific audience, that are expecting that game to come out, with quality. We're no different. We're very serious about Batman, we think Batman: Arkham Asylum showed that taking care of our own franchises can really change things, and can make for a very appealing game. Lord of the Rings is clearly very important to our future. Lego is clearly important. Mortal Kombat, you haven't seen anything yet, but we're very proud of what we have so far. We'll be showing very well at E3.


This is pretty much everything that has happened the last few months. Now that we all are up to speed, we are prepared for the big news from this years Electronic Entertainment Expo that will take place June 15-17.2010.

With other words, stay close and you will not miss a thing.

The Future of the Next Mortal Kombat Feature Film
by Gambid on Jun 5, 2010 :: 0 Comments

The news about the next Mortal Kombat movie have always been the same, ever since 1998, when Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released: nothing concrete, someone says something, then time passes and nothing happens.

This did not change a lot with Midway's acquisition by Warner Bros. In fact the situation even worsened.

Here is what happened so far: As we previously reported, right before Midway's acquisition by Warner Bros, Lawrence Kasanoff, the producer of the first two movies and the TV Series Mortal Kombat Conquest tried to block the acquisition, having interest in the movie rights for his own company Threshold Entertainment. The lawsuit was mystically resolved and things went dark for a couple of months.

In January Bloody Disgusting reported that Warner Bros was looking to reboot the Mortal Kombat movies with writer Oren Uziel:

Bloody Disgusting received word that Warner Bros. Pictures has been looking to redo Mortal Kombat with Oren Uziel in talks to write. Based on Midway's popular 1992 video game, the franchise follows the best fighters from around the globe who are summoned to an island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will determine the fate of the entire planet. Uziel's Shimmer Lake made the 2009 black list, which features the best unproduced screenplays around Hollywood. Johnny Cage was modeled after Jean-Claude Van Damme. No word on the progress of the remake, but we'd like to see a hard "R" version with some actual f*cking fatalities.

Click here to read the news.

So far so good. After the poorly received Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and 15 years after the original movie a reboot is probably the best thing to do.

Unfortunately only a month later, in February, Lawrence Kasanoff filed another lawsuit against Warner Bros. claiming that the company is avoiding communication with Threshold Entertainment and is proceeding with the production of a new Mortal Kombat movie without having the legal rights to do so.

You can read about all this here and here.

The next Mortal Kombat movie went into the dark for a few more months until we reached the end of May. An announcement made by Joshua Wexler brings even more confusion in the whole situation.

As part of today’s special Marvel preview event at Madame Tussaud’s, they unveiled a special 3D short film directed by Joshua Wexler, that forms part of the Marvel 4D experience. Wexler, for those that don’t know, is the president of Threshold Animation Studios – the studio that produced the 3D animated movie. He was also the associate producer of the Mortal Kombat animated series and the writer/associate producer of 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, for Larry Kasanoff’s Threshold Entertainment.

At today’s preview our intrepid reporter Jack managed to grab a brief interview with Wexler where he let slip some very interesting information. When asked if he had any future projects lined up, Wexler replied:

-Yes, we are working on a third Mortal Kombat feature film and a new top secret project with Lego, a feature length movie.


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With all this said we currently have no idea who is making what. Are Lawrence Kasanoff and Threshold Entertainment working with Warner Bros or are they developing different projects? Is Warner Bros even proceeding with the production of the reboot?

Just like always we will simply have to wait and see...

Vincent Proce Reveals Art for a New Direction for MK
by Gambid on Jun 5, 2010 :: 0 Comments

Vincent Proce released 4 images on his personal blog. These images come from an idea of re-imagining the Mortal Kombat franchise, an idea he pitched to the studio when he was still working for Midway. For those of you who do not know Vincent Proce is an artist, who has worked on Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe. Here is what he wrote:

Here are the never before seen Mortal Kombat characters I designed for a Mortal Kombat pitch I made before I left Midway last year. The basis for the idea was a re imagining of the Mortal Kombat franchise from the original premise but mixing modern muti-player and dismemberment game design with the original fighting mechanic.

I also took the original character designs and upgraded them.






These are the only four characters I designed and presented with the pitch. The game idea isn't going to happen now that I no longer work there. I still would like to one day redesign all the rest of the original characters if I ever find the time.

And indeed he did, at least one more is out:

Hello folks, I promised that I would try and complete the other five characters from the original Mortal Kombat when I found some time and yesterday I did. Here is Sub Zero how I envision him. I haven’t worked out much of his back story other than that he was a part of the Way of the Frost Dragon, an honorable secret society of warriors that were direct enemies with the ninja organization Scorpion was a part of before he was killed by Shang Tsung (disguised as Sub Zero).



Over time I will try and draw the rest of them.

I can only add here: "We sure hope, you do."

Visit Vincent Proce personal website and his blog. Here are also the links to the two blog posts: post 1, post 2.

Midway Chicago + Warner Bros = Netherrealm Studios
by Gambid on Jun 5, 2010 :: 0 Comments

After Midway, the company that has been developing the Mortal Kombat Franchise for almost 18 years went out of business due to huge financial troubles, part of it, Midway Chicago and the entire Mortal Kombat franchise, was sold to Warner Bros. This did not affect the development of the next Mortal Kombat game. The new Mortal Kombat, which is currently just been called Mortal Kombat 9, is been developed by the same team that developed all previous games of the series.

According to recent news Midway Chicago is going to be renamed to Netherrealm Studios after one of the Mortal Kombat realms, The Netherrealm, which is home to characters such as Shinnok, Quan Chi and Sareena.

Fellow Mortal Kombat fan site TRMK even discovered that two domain names have been registered for the studio:

Domain Name: NETHERREALMSTUDIOS.COM
Registrar: MARKMONITOR INC.
Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
Referral URL: [url]http://www.markmonitor.com
Name Server: NS.WARNERBROS.COM
Name Server: NS2.WARNERBROS.COM
Updated Date: 26-jan-2010
Creation Date: 26-jan-2010
Expiration Date: 26-jan-2012


and

Domain Name: NETHERREALM-STUDIOS.COM
Registrar: MARKMONITOR INC.
Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
Referral URL: [url]http://www.markmonitor.com
Name Server: NS.WARNERBROS.COM
Name Server: NS2.WARNERBROS.COM
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 26-jan-2010
Creation Date: 26-jan-2010
Expiration Date: 26-jan-2012


Both domain names are currently inactive but we will keep an eye on them and inform you in case this changes.

Section Update: Kombst Kolumns Issue 21
by Gambid on Jun 1, 2010 :: 5 Comments

The 21st issue of our Kombat Kolumns has been released. The PSP fans should be quite happy with this new article as ded_ reviews the only 3D Mortal Kombat game that was released for Sony's Portable console, Mortal Kombat: Unchained.



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