There’s another edition of Street Fighter IV in the works, a new Killer Instinct is set to launch with the Xbox One, and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS are both due in 2014. The only thing missing is a new Mortal Kombat, and it sounds as if NetherRealm residents and fans of the series will soon be able to add it to the list.
During a San Diego Comic-Con interview with GamerHub.TV, Mortal Kombat Legacy producer Lance Sloane was discussing the progress on the Warner Bros. film script when he casually mentioned the unannounced next game in the series.
Noting the importance of the film’s release schedule, Sloane said, “It’s just figuring out the business side of it and when we would do it and when we would launch it and how do we sync up with the launch of the game that they’re working on now. It’s not 100% yet, but we’re getting closer every day.”
The line “figuring out the business side” could possibly mean that the film and game will play off each other. Normally, the film (or the television show, in the case of a series such as Defiance) and game release dates would be independent of each other, unless Warner Bros. is planning to tie the two plots together.
Having more video game movies (or TV shows) play into each other and not simply existing as an 8-15 hour replay of the film (or a totally non-canon adventure from the show) would be a welcome addition to the gaming industry. In the case of Mortal Kombat, the last adaption of the video game series was well received with Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation — this was not the case in the 1990s, when there seemed to be very little concern about weaving the film and game into a continuous canonical story.
While I’m not exactly salivating for a new Mortal Kombat — as I would for a new Bushido Blade or Saturday Night Slam Masters—this is definitely good news for fans of NetherRealms Studios’ work. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a smooth and enjoyable game, with an interesting backdrop, but it is not going to appease fans who are looking forward to the next MK.
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