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I post this news, because I want to inform you that Mortal Kombat Secrets will be offline for one or maybe two days in the begining of January 2004. The company that hosts the site will move it to a new server. That requires a DNS changing. They informed me that this will make the connection even faster and will garantee 99,99% up-time. So don't worry Mortal Kombat Secrets will be back very soon, more faster than ever.
Important: The E-mail and the Forums will also be offline.
According to a report at GameSpot, Midway will soon have a new Chief Marketing Officer. His name is Steve Allison and he has previously worked as VP of Marketing at Atari Games. Below is the text of the complete article posted at GameSpot:
Steve Allison, a 10-year industry veteran renowned for managing the marriage of Hollywood licenses and talent to game products (including Shiny's Enter the Matrix), will leave his post at Atari, effective December 19.
The following Monday, according to a Midway spokesperson, Allison will take over as chief marketing officer for Midway Games. He will report to president David Zucker and be tasked with ramping up marketing efforts for the once-dominant publisher of the Area 51, Gauntlet, and Mortal Kombat franchises.
Speaking with GameSpot today, Allison said his new responsibilities will include marketing strategy for all Midway products, including games that have movie tie-ins, such as Spy Hunter. Über-popular wrestler/actor The Rock will star in Universal's film adaptation of the classic game, which begins production in Spring 2004.
By Curt Feldman, GameSpot [POSTED: 12/12/03 04:31 PM]
GamerFreed published a new article called 'Fighting Games: 2004 & Beyond'. There are some interesting news about the upcomming Mortal Kombat titles.
Mortal Kombat Kompilation - At the last Electronic Entertainment Expo in May, a Midway representative gave us a strong indication that a Mortal Kombat compilation title was set to be released this holiday season. Obviously, that never came to be, but don't rule out the possibility just yet. While the Midway rep said the game would not be online, and he wasn't sure which MK titles would be featured, we can guess that the delay may have been caused by Ed Boon's intention to add online play to the title. It's all speculation at this point, but with a Dead or Alive compilation title releasing next year with online play, and MK6 heading online next year as well, it would make sense for Midway to test the online waters with Mortal Kombat Kompilation. If the title is indeed still on track, we would expect it to release several months before Mortal Kombat 6, in order to get the hype machine rolling.
Mortal Kombat 6 - Ed Boon and his team over at Midway created Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance from the ground up. Nothing was taken from previous Mortal Kombat games in order to provide a fresh take on the series. The game went on to sell over a million copies, so now Ed Boon and company are at it one more time. They're building Mortal Kombat 6 from the ground up. Nothing will be taken from Deadly Alliance. While virtually nothing is known about the title thus far, we do know that it will release in 2004, and it will feature online play. Xbox and PS2 versions of the game are almost certain, but a GameCube port may be unlikely given the online features. We can also safely assume that Scorpion and Sub-Zero will make a return since they're Ed Boon's favorite characters.
If you can't believe us take a look here.
Our special thanks to ded_, who inform us about this article!
Midway Games has announced that MK:DA has been nominated for an award by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), in the Action Category! The others in the same category are:
Amplitude - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Harmonix
Eyetoy: Play - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, London Studios
GTA: Vice City - Rockstar Games, Rockstar North
Metroid Prime - Nintendo, Retro Studios, Nintendo
Ratchet and Clank - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Insomniac Games Inc.
Here is the full text of the press release:
MIDWAY'S MORTAL KOMBAT: DEADLY ALLIANCE NOMINATED IN THE 2003 BAFTA INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
London - November 13th, 2003 Midway Games Ltd. (NYSE: MWY), a leading software industry publisher and developer, announced today that Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance has been nominated in the Action category for the 2003 BAFTA Interactive Entertainment awards.
"Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance took gamers by storm in 2003, and the fact that it sold-through over 2 million units worldwide proves the franchise is continuing to define the fighting genre." Said Matt Broughton, European Marketing Director, Midway. "We are delighted to be nominated for a BAFTA in the Action category, sitting along-side the likes of GTA: Vice City and Metroid Prime."
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance delivers the highly-acclaimed series on the next-generation consoles with a lethal dose of unparalleled brutality, supernatural mystique and a reinvented fighting system - all powered by a new engine that rewards longtime fans of the franchise as well as next-generation game lovers. The BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards will take place on February 25th 2004 and will feature the games that form one of the most popular entertainment industries in the world today.
MIDWAY is a registered trademark of Midway Amusement Games, LLC. Nintendo and the Game Boy Advance are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2001 Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
© 2003 DIC Entertainment Corp. Used under license. All rights reserved.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the financial strength of the interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, technological changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described under "Item 1. Business - Risk Factors" in Amendment No. 1 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2002, and in the other more recent filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The 2003 BAFTA Games awards ceremony will take place on February 25th, 2004.
Click here if you want to see all nominated in all categories.
Yesterday GameSpot posted an interview with David Zucker, Midway's new CEO. Unfortunately only a small part of it is about Mortal Kombat:
GS: To what degree will you draw on the company's back catalog of known franchises, and to what degree do you allocate resources to develop new brands? Or go after appropriate licenses?
DZ: We are looking to strike a balance between our catalog of known franchises and the development of new IP. Midway is fortunate to have a strong stable of compelling franchises, and we plan to create innovative new versions of franchises like Spy Hunter, Gauntlet, Mortal Kombat, NARC, Area 51, and others going forward.
GS: What do you consider the jewels of Midway's back catalog?
DZ: Mortal Kombat is the best-selling M-rated franchise of all time with over $1 billion in sales via four major sequels since it first launched in 1992. It outsells all other M franchises such as Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto series.
Suffice it to say that Ed Boon and our Mortal Kombat team are busy at work developing the next installment, and we have every reason to believe that it will be the most compelling and innovative fighting game to hit the market when it debuts.
Click here if you want to read the whole interview.