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Today Midway officially announced in a press release Mortal Kombat: Deception. Here is a part from the text:
CHICAGO – February 27, 2004 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, today announced that the official title for the new version of the world-renowned fighting game franchise will be Mortal Kombat: Deception. Mortal Kombat: Deception is currently in development and scheduled to ship fall 2004 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.
Shocking and evil, Mortal Kombat: Deception pushes martial arts-style fighting and the Mortal Kombat franchise to new heights with an innovative fighting system, unparalleled depth and brutally intense action that will appeal to long-time Mortal Kombat fans as well as next-generation gamers. The game features lightning-fast hand-to-hand and special weapons combat, secret and returning characters, moves and combinations with new death-dealing battles and fatalities.
“Mortal Kombat: Deception promises to take this revolutionary fighting franchise to an new level”, said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. “With a host of new features including multiple fatalities per character, multi-tiered interactive backgrounds and extensive new game modes, Mortal Kombat: Deception will set a precedent for all other fighting games to follow.”
One of the most well-known and best-selling franchises in videogame history – with more than 22 million home games sold – the Mortal Kombat series, which was first released in 1992, has generated more than $1.5 billion in revenue through games, movies, music, toys and other merchandise. The last installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance has sold-through more than 2.6 million units worldwide in combined sales, across all platforms, between its November 22, 2002 launch and February 8, 2004.
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The official website of Mortal Kombat: Deception is now online. It contains only one trailer and a very cool flash. The URL is www.mkdeception.midway.com.
The two other addresses are still only a redirection to Midway's home page. We will inform you if there is a change.
Here is a direct link to the trailer if you want to download it.
GameSpot updated their site with a lot of information and a trailer for the new Mortal Kombat game. Here is a part from the article:
As with every installment in the series, our first viewing of the trailer had us looking out for which fighters we recognized. The heavily edited clip and the grainy filter used to give the piece a nicely gritty look made it a challenge to single out everyone, but we feel pretty confident in naming a few folks. Baraka is back in all his toothy, blade-wielding glory. Three ninjas in the clip, each bearing one of the three colors from the classic MK ninja rainbow, make it pretty obvious some old friends are also returning. The first two ninjas appear to be Scorpion and Sub-Zero, and it looks like they're sporting fashionable updates of their classic looks. The third ninja, clad in red, is what we would certainly like to hope is Ermac. Mileena is also back, in what appears to be two purple outfits. While a variation on her original togs is in the mix, a new Jennifer Lopez-inspired ensemble is also on hand. It should be noted that both outfits appear to possess powerful magical properties, as they hang tough to Mileena's junk real good, even in the midst of combat. We also caught a few flashes of other characters who were harder to identify. A very brief flash of a battle between two characters toward the end of the trailer shows what could be Nightwolf; it's a stretch, we know, but we could swear we see deerskin boots and a tomahawk. As for the second fighter, clad in white with a funky hat, we're not sure. The color scheme is wrong for Raiden, unless he's gotten a makeover, which is possible. The last potential member of the cast--which we'll admit is a long shot, but we'll throw it out there anyway--could be Shao Kahn. During the dramatic cuts in parts of the trailer, a very Shao Kahn-like helmet appears several times. We never actually see him in action at all, so we may be stoking the sure-to-be-busy rumor mill, but we'd like to think that we know our skull-shaped metallic helmets pretty well.
As for the arenas you'll be duking it out in, we saw precious little of these environments, although we did pick out what appeared to be six different areas. We already briefly touched on an arena set atop a large pillar in the midst of an abyss. You can see mountains and a temple in the distance. Another arena with a similar theme is set atop the roof of a building during a rain shower. Yet another arena appears to be set in a good old apocalyptic wasteland, complete with bodies on pikes. The last few areas we saw offered a change of pace from the unholy locales. A factory, complete with the pool of flaming hot lava you always seem to find in them, was briefly shown. The interior of a castle, which seems to have troublesome floors, was on display as well. The most intriguing of the areas shown has a nice Hellraiser touch in the form of bodies apparently swinging from chains. We'll be curious to see if the corpses wind up being interactive during combat.
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Update - 02.27.2004
You can find a lot of screencaptures in our forums. Click here to see them all.
Special thanks to our forum member MiNeOuT for posting these pics.
Mortal Kombat Secrets was one of the first to inform you that there will probably be no version of Mortal Kombat: Deception on Nintendo GameCube. We posted this news four months ago. According to the latest information the situation has not been changed. The only sure thing for now is that if MKVI comes out on GameCube it will not include online play. A GameCube version is still possible to be released, but this decision awaits to be taken. Keep checking for future information about the GameCube version of the game.
In a press release Midway announsed that Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is still one of their top selling games alongside SpyHunter 2 and Midway Arcade Treasures. Here is what the company expects during this year:
The Company expects to release seven major titles in 2004 including: The Suffering, NBA Ballers, MLB SlugFest: Loaded, Psi Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Narc, Area 51, and Mortal Kombat VI. In addition to these major title releases, the Company expects to ship several other products in 2004 including value-priced games and PC games. "Our 2004 lineup is indicative of our new strategy of focusing on content for more mature gamers, over-the-top sports games and games that financially leverage existing Midway franchises and brands. We are eagerly awaiting the launch of our next two major products, The Suffering and NBA Ballers, as we believe these titles are the first to reflect Midway's new approach to developing and marketing games," commented Mr. Zucker.
As you can see by your own, there is a chance to see the next Mortal Kombat game for PC too.
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