News Archive - February 2011
Raiden's Shadow Wallpaper has been released. Enjoy:
Amazon.com has a really nice new deal regarding the Standard Edition of the new Mortal Kombat. Additionally to the Classic Reptile Costume and Fatality, those of you who pre-order the game through Amazon.com or our Amazon Online Store will receive a $10 promotional credit:
Pre-order Mortal Kombat and received a $10 promotional credit toward the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. In addition, receive an exclusive PSN or Xbox live code to get instant access to Klassic Reptile Playable Character Skin and the original Reptile Fatality. Codes will be emailed to you within 2 days after shipment. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Promotions valid on all existing orders. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. Limit one per customer.
Hurry up and pre-order the game now if you haven't done it yet. Here are the direct links to the two versions of the game for XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 and the two versions of the Strategy Guide:
Those of you who have already pre-ordered the game are in luck, as the promotional credit will be applied to all existing orders.
Mortal Kombat (2011) will be released on April 19-th for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360. Pre-Order your copy through our Amazon Online Store and receive the classic Reptile costume and Fatality for free and $10 promotional credit (US only). Available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany.
The Hollywood Reporter announced in an exclusive article, that Warner Bros has won the court fight against Lawrence Kasanoff, producer of the first two Mortal Kombat, who is suing them over the rights to the feature films, including profit of $9.3 million. The battle in court is however far from over as an appeal most probably will be filed. From the article:
“We are very pleased that the court dismissed Threshold’s multi-million dollar claims," Warner Bros. tells THR in a statement. "This victory fully vindicates Warner’s position that it accounted to Threshold fairly, appropriately and according to the parties’ contract."
"Threshold will be appealing the ruling and the denial of a jury trial," says Kasanoff attorney Howard Miller of Girardi and Keese.
This week's ruling only covers an audit period of 2000-2004. Kasanoff filed a separate lawsuit over Kombat for the 2004-2008 period. That case is still pending but the first three years of the period were thrown out based on the statute of limitations. A third case filed by Kasanoff in bankruptcy court in 2009 targeted the sale of Midway Games to Warner Bros and its impact on his intellectual property rights in certain characters associated with the Kombat franchise. That case is still pending.
Click here to read the entire article.
A lot of the cast and crew of the upcoming Mortal Kombat Digital Series are tweeting frequently giving updates on the production status of the series. This is the reason why we encourage you to follow us on Twitter as we retweet the most interesting things. For example today Kevin Tancharoen, the director posted two new set images from the episode that is being currently shot. The episode tells the story of Scorpion and Sub-Zero:
In case you are not a Twitter person, visit our Mortal Kombat Digital Series section where you can find all the information, images and update.
IGN announced today that the Australian Classification Board, which is responsible for evaluating different types of media, similar to the the ESRB in the US, USK in Germany and PEGI in UK has refused to classify the upcoming Mortal Kombat game. This means that retailers will not be allowed to sell the game in Australia, nor import it. Retailers have already received notice to cancel any existing pre-orders.
The board mentions the extreme gore and violence of the game, primarily the Fatalities as unsuitable for minors. This is all true, as the game actually targets mature audience. Unfortunately the Australian Classification Board absences a R18+ rating for video games, which led to the refused classification.
Here is a part of the official statement from Warner Bros, regarding this topic:
The highly anticipated video game Mortal Kombat, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) in Australia, has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia. We are extremely disappointed that Mortal Kombat, one of the world's oldest and most successful video games franchises, will not be available to mature Australian gamers.
WBIE would not market mature content where it is not appropriate for the audience. We understand that not all content is for every audience, but there is an audience for mature gaming content and it would make more sense to have the R18+ classification in Australia. As a member of the iGEA, WBIE is reviewing all options available at this time.
The Classification report goes into details, that explain the taken decision:
At the conclusion of a bout, a character is invited to perform a ‘finishing move’ or ‘fatality’. To perform a fatality, a player has to push a series of button combinations within a short period of time. If this is successfully accomplished, a non-interactive cut scene is triggered which depicts a character explicitly slaughtering their opponent.
Initially, the Move List Within the game includes one finishing move per character, although a player is able to unlock up to four per character. The Board notes that fatalities cannot be performed in Story mode and are unlikely to be performed frequently during gameplay; however, it is also noted that there are more than 60 fatalities available and they are an important component of the game.
- Stryker tasers his opponents and then explicitly shoots their head off with his gun. Blood and gore is noted.
- Shao Khan uses his hands to explicitly rip an opponent’s body vertically in two
- Kitana uses her ‘folding fan’ weapon to explicitly dismember then decapitate her opponent, with copious blood flow noted.
The game includes over 60 fatalities (some of which are noted above) which contain explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter. Despite the exaggerated conceptual nature of the fatalities and their context within a fighting game set in a fantasy realm, impact is heightened by the use of graphics which are realistically rendered and very detailed. In the opinion of the Board, the game contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is unsuitable for a minor to see or play. The game should therefore be Refused Classification pursuant to item 1(d) of the computer games table of the National Classification Board.
The classification report reveals some interesting information about the game:
- Story mode has more than 15 hours of gameplay
- There are 25 characters in the game
- 60 Fatalities
- The Fatalities of Baraka, Kabal, Quan Chi and Shao Kahn (once again) are described in the report
It looks like Mortal Kombat (2011) will repeat the fate of the original Mortal Kombat, which caused a huge controversy and eventually led to the creation of the entire ESRB Rating System in the United States. We wish Netherrealm Studios and Warner Bros the best of luck in handling the situation and managing to bring the game to the Australian fans.
The complete Classification Report was obtained by two of our affiliates: Kamidogu, Total Mortal Kombat.