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Midway/Warner Deal Approved

Remaining Midway studios have 60 days to get acquired or closed.

    

If Warner's first move is to do a Sinistar sequel, then this will all have been worth it.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the objections standing in the way of the $33 million sale of Midway assets to Warner Bros. have been resolved, and a judge has approved the sale.

The objections came from companies like Tigon Studios, the Vin Diesel-founded company that's partially responsible for Wheelman. Another objection came from Threshold Entertainment, the company that produced the Mortal Kombat movies, TV shows, and other MK-related properties. The Threshold objection was especially crazy, as it asserted that the company had created the bulk of the Mortal Kombat series' fiction, going so far as to mention that having things like pallette-swapped ninjas meant that the game story was flat or non-existent or something. Do not get me started on the the deep history of strife between Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Back when the first few games were coming out, MK was noted for having significantly more lore than most of its fighting counterparts.

Meanwhile, there are a pair of studios that weren't included in the sale to Warner. Midway's San Diego and Newcastle studios will be open for 60 days, according to a report from Joystiq. Provided that no one comes in to buy them from Midway, they'll close at the end of that period.

Newcastle, you might remember, recently started showing off its latest production, Necessary Force. Midway San Diego was most recently the home of TNA Impact! 2. It also happens to be the home of some of the guys that worked on Midway's other sports games, like NBA Jam and NFL Blitz, which may explain why I had a dream last night in which basketball was played while longtime Midway announcer, Tim Kitzrow, provided commentary. My mind's weird sometimes. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

    

If Warner's first move is to do a Sinistar sequel, then this will all have been worth it.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the objections standing in the way of the $33 million sale of Midway assets to Warner Bros. have been resolved, and a judge has approved the sale.

The objections came from companies like Tigon Studios, the Vin Diesel-founded company that's partially responsible for Wheelman. Another objection came from Threshold Entertainment, the company that produced the Mortal Kombat movies, TV shows, and other MK-related properties. The Threshold objection was especially crazy, as it asserted that the company had created the bulk of the Mortal Kombat series' fiction, going so far as to mention that having things like pallette-swapped ninjas meant that the game story was flat or non-existent or something. Do not get me started on the the deep history of strife between Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Back when the first few games were coming out, MK was noted for having significantly more lore than most of its fighting counterparts.

Meanwhile, there are a pair of studios that weren't included in the sale to Warner. Midway's San Diego and Newcastle studios will be open for 60 days, according to a report from Joystiq. Provided that no one comes in to buy them from Midway, they'll close at the end of that period.

Newcastle, you might remember, recently started showing off its latest production, Necessary Force. Midway San Diego was most recently the home of TNA Impact! 2. It also happens to be the home of some of the guys that worked on Midway's other sports games, like NBA Jam and NFL Blitz, which may explain why I had a dream last night in which basketball was played while longtime Midway announcer, Tim Kitzrow, provided commentary. My mind's weird sometimes.
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Posted by Venatio

Finally

Posted by McQuinn

Tigon is full of delusional assholes.  Just like the Vinster.

Posted by SpiderX20

Sometimes Jeff? Sometimes?!?!

Actually I wouldn't know, I felt a need to question though.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

"Beware, I live"

MK's always had lore, but beyond opening and closing messages, where else was the lore built up?  There was that Sub Zero adventure game, wasn't there?  Maybe that had more detail?  Or maybe the manuals did? 

Jeff, you have permission to geek-out and set the record straight.  Do it for MK!

Man, I hope someone snatches up Newcastle.  At least they're trying hard to promote their project.

Posted by MjHealy

Well I don't have the most amount of love for Midway. Not growing up in the Arcade days certainly helps but all power to them.

Posted by buzz_killington

Poor guys.

Posted by JJOR64

As long as WB doesn't mess with them, I so go Midway!

Posted by ZombiePie

Well hopefully MIdway can get their act together.

But Jeff you so crazy! How the hell would you do a modernized sequel to Sinistar, a twitch based shoot'em up, without making it suck? Some games should just be left alone and Sinistar is one of those.

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Posted by Black_Rose
@ahoodedfigure said:
" "Beware, I live"MK's always had lore, but beyond opening and closing messages, where else was the lore built up?  There was that Sub Zero adventure game, wasn't there?  Maybe that had more detail?  Or maybe the manuals did?  t. "
The story mode of the last few games was pretty good, specially in Deception.
Edited by MrKlorox
@McQuinn said:
" Tigon is full of delusional assholes.  Just like the Vinster. "
When you're knee deep in tang and blang, you can get away with being a delusional asshole. The rest of us just have to stick with being regular assholes.
Posted by xionpunk

As long as the MK9 remains on course, I'm good.

Posted by FlipperDesert

Dear EA,

Now is your chance to earn more kudos with me! I liked Dead Space and Burnout Paradise a whole bunch, now you can totally help make a pretty game about a cop.

With warm regards,
FlipperDesert.

Posted by MattyFTM

I hope someone buys Midway Newcastle. They are a local  and it's nice knowing there is a games studio just up the road.

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Posted by Reverseface

Vin diesel always in the background plotting to JACK THAT CAR!!!!

Edited by MeatSim

Well at least that Threshold Entertainment objection was thrown out because that was just insulting.

Posted by WilliamRLBaker

HES ON FIRE!!!
BOOM SHIOCKALOCKA!!!

Posted by theMcNasty

Ergh.  Every company is merging, going bankrupt or closing its doors.  What the hell happens with all that money we give them?

Posted by thecombine

MIDWAY PRESENTS NFL BLITZ 2000!

surely the most in-your-face announcer in any sports game.

Posted by AuthenticM

"Do not get me started on the the deep history of strife between Sub-Zero and Scorpion."

Is that sarcasm?

Posted by George_Hukas

Is Threshold really out of line making that statement about the lore?

The Mortal Kombat movie fleshed out the finer details of the mythos.

Posted by SamuSlave

Yes! A Sinistar movie would be great, it could be like "RUN,RUN COWARD, RARGGHH!" and Matthew McConaughey could play the coward.

Posted by Damian

LMAO @ Threshold!

You gotta be kidding me with that foolishness. Do they really need proprietary rights explained to them?
Posted by ahoodedfigure
@Black_Rose: Yeah, I guess my point was the early stuff.  Jeff's point was that the people claiming that they built more lore than the MK games were targeting a specific time frame, the early few games as opposed to the whole series.  But maybe I misread it.
Edited by Media_Master

I'm sure MK is still going