Eurogamer: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Preview

Eurogamer writes: ""Worlds will collide. The fate of the universe will be decided." And the Internet will explode with indignant fanboy rage. Yes, Mortal Kombat is back, and this time it's teen-rated, which means no spine-ripping fatalities. Blunting the brand's trademark happy endings is inevitably going to unseat a few spleens, but that's the price series creator Ed Boon is prepared to pay for shacking up his "billion dollar fighting franchise" with Warner Bros. to bring the two famous brands together in one star-studded beat-'em-up package.

Officially unveiled at Midway's Gamers Day in Las Vegas last week, in it a "cataclysmic force merges conquerors from two universes", meaning that MK staples such as Sub Zero and Scorpion find themselves facing off against DC superheroes, including Batman and Superman and "other iconic and powerful DC Super Heroes" yet to be confirmed (but known to be another eight from each side, featuring all the favourites). "How can either side prevail when rage blinds them to the dark threat poised to destroy them all?" Bring a coat, maybe."

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thereapersson3862d ago

It's just not a Mortal Kombat game without the over-the-top violence...

dsolomon8183862d ago

Just like automakers didn't want car damage in the earlier Gran Turismo games, I think the lack of fatalities has more to do with DC not wanting Superman's spine getting ripped out, or to have Batman slicing someone's head off with a Batarang. They've invested way too much time creating these characters, and developing them over the years, to just toss them into a situation to have them portrayed out of character. Yes, it's just a video game, but to the writers, and producers at DC having Super 'heroes' go on a killing spree wouldn't be a very appealing colaberation with a video game. Look at all the other comic book games, few have blood or gore, and I can't think of any rated over T, if there is let me know. I can't imagine anyone rushing to be the first to break that limit.

judd3862d ago

The only one I can think of off the top of my head that is rated M would be The Punisher. Yeah, it was put out around the time of the movie, but the movie is based on the comic book.

MK_Red3862d ago

This is true though it was Warner that forced the T. Warner has the rights to game and movie adaptations of DC characters and they agreed to allow their characters in Midway's game on one condition: A T rating.

Mighty Boom3862d ago

Boon should of never entertained this ridiculous idea.
No Fatalities = No MK

It a foolish idea that will tank.

beans3862d ago

It would of been cool if mortal Kombat crossed worlds with the Spawn universe!

dsolomon8183862d ago

oh man that would have been the isht. And I'm not even a big spawn fan.

NOTORIOUSzeke3862d ago

You, sir have earned a bubble.

NOTORIOUSzeke3862d ago

Punisher is marvel universe.

judd3862d ago

But he said "Look at all the other comic book games, few have blood or gore, and I can't think of any rated over T, if there is let me know."

I took that all to mean all period, not just all DC universe. You may be right though. He may have just meant DC universe.

dsolomon8183862d ago

You're right, I hadn't even thought about The Punisher, but that fit with him, as he was always down for some killin. Most other comics lean away from the heroes offing people on a regular basis.

Scarfy3862d ago (Edited 3862d ago )

So this game is NOT some sick joke?!!

Man, Mortal Kombat has sunk to a new low. I fondly remember the heady days of MK2 in the arcades; how we'd all crowd around and try and figure out the moves and beat Kintaro.

I get the feeling that someone at Midway suggested they reboot the franchise like how it was done with Batman. I guess someone took it literally...

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