Midway Dodges Economic Fatility; Another MK on the Way

Late last year Midway released “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe”. The company had high hopes for the game, not only because it was the latest entry in their beloved Mortal Kombat franchise, but because it quite possibly could’ve been the last MK game ever released. Midway was on the eve of bankruptcy, and many looked at “MK vs. DCU” as Midway’s last chance at economic survival.

However, earlier today Midway announced that “MK vs. DCU” may have indeed been their saving grace, as it has sold nearly 2 million units since its’ release in Nov. 2008.  Other noteworthy statistics include 3.6 million matches online on the PS3 version alone. Also, “MK vs. DCU” was the most pre-ordered game in the history of the 17-year-old franchise.

Midway creative director and “MK” co-creator Ed Boon stated, “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was the result of countless hours of hard work by many people, and seeing the game surpass the million-seller plateau makes it worth all the effort.”

Boon would go on to reveal that another “MK” game was already in the works and that he and his developers were looking forward to revealing more in the future.

Hopefully, the next “MK” offers a drastic change from its’ static, 3D formula. You can read my review of “MK vs. DCU” here, as well as 2.o’s here. “Mortal Kombat” is one of my favorite franchises, and I wasted many hours growing up trying to oust Shao Kahn from his throne once and for all. I thought “MK4″ was a solid enough step in the right direction when the series made its 3D debut, and when “Deadly Alliance” came out I was more then impressed. However, since then, the “MK” formula has remained largely the same, and each new sequel that comes out seems to be more of the same with a few new characters and levels tacked on for good measure. “MK vs. DCU” had some fresh ideas, but I stated in my review that I simply don’t think the franchise can sustain itself against such heavyweights as “Soul Calibur” and “Street Fighter” if the franchise’s stale fighting mechanics remain the same.

I guess only time will tell whether or not Midway feels the same, but with Boon stating they hope to reveal the new game soon, they’re likely pushing for a 2009 holiday release. And creativity and originality is hard to come by when a series sees releases at an annual rate. Just ask Tony Hawk or Lara Croft.

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