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Mortal Kombat Ships 1.8 Million, MK9 In Development

Some good news for Midway as its latest fighting game puts close to two million copies on shelves.

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Despite whatever business realities Midway seems to be going through these days, it sounds like the Mortal Kombat train is going to keep right on trucking. Midway announced this morning that 2008's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has shipped 1.8 million copies into stores. That's a worldwide number that combines both the 360 and PS3 releases of the game.

Of course, that's an "into the channel" sort of number that reflects the number sent out to retail, as opposed to the number actually purchased. But the company offered up another number, claiming that as of January 13, over 3.6 million online matches have gone down on the PlayStation 3 alone. That's a lot of "get over heres."

But the exciting part of this press release comes in a quote from series co-creator, Ed Boon. Here, check it:

"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," said Ed Boon, Mortal Kombat co-founder and creative director, Midway. "We're already hard at work on our next version of Mortal Kombat, and look forward to being able to reveal more details in the future."

There you have it, further confirmation that Mortal Kombat 9 is in the works. I was curious to know if the work being done on the next MK game meant that we wouldn't see any downloadable content for MKvDC. So I checked in with Midway, who quickly got back to me and said that we shouldn't take the above statement to mean that there won't be any DLC for the current game, and that details on said DLC are forthcoming.
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Scorpion, relaxing at home
Despite whatever business realities Midway seems to be going through these days, it sounds like the Mortal Kombat train is going to keep right on trucking. Midway announced this morning that 2008's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has shipped 1.8 million copies into stores. That's a worldwide number that combines both the 360 and PS3 releases of the game.

Of course, that's an "into the channel" sort of number that reflects the number sent out to retail, as opposed to the number actually purchased. But the company offered up another number, claiming that as of January 13, over 3.6 million online matches have gone down on the PlayStation 3 alone. That's a lot of "get over heres."

But the exciting part of this press release comes in a quote from series co-creator, Ed Boon. Here, check it:

"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," said Ed Boon, Mortal Kombat co-founder and creative director, Midway. "We're already hard at work on our next version of Mortal Kombat, and look forward to being able to reveal more details in the future."

There you have it, further confirmation that Mortal Kombat 9 is in the works. I was curious to know if the work being done on the next MK game meant that we wouldn't see any downloadable content for MKvDC. So I checked in with Midway, who quickly got back to me and said that we shouldn't take the above statement to mean that there won't be any DLC for the current game, and that details on said DLC are forthcoming.
Posted by monkeyman864

hopefully this helps out midway

Posted by JJOR64

Awesome.  I still need to get MK vs. DC.

Posted by Ninja_Dozer

Long live MK once and future Fighter Game!  Now if this forces or convinces another Marvel vs Capcom game in the style of SF 4 that would rock the casbar!

Posted by Endogene

Good for them, looking forward to a MK game without comic book characters.

Posted by Aberrant

This is great news. I really enjoyed MK vs. DC, and am glad that they are working on DLC, as well as the next MK game. I was worried for a bit.

Posted by Bullet_Jr

I'm looking forward to a new MK game as well.

Personally, I hope they make a sequel to MK vs DC, one with more characters, more levels and goddamn fatalities that are actually fatal. "M" rating would be a must.

Posted by Kush

Good news for MK and Midway...hopefully the momentum will keep them going. There one of the few main Chicago developers left...

Posted by logson

Good for Midwa- OHMYGOD, JEFF'S ERECTION JUST SMASHED THROUGH MY WINDOW.

Posted by Weltal

Well, here's to hoping the next MK can be as violent as they want to be and not another Versus game... well, unless it's MK Versus Hanna Barbara. That would be fucking awesome.

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Great news!  With all the noise surrounding Midway right now, it's good to know they're not afraid of starting some new projects.

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Posted by CitizenKane

I definitely need to try

Posted by License_To_Bill

Whoo! Good news for once!

Posted by Stevokenevo

As soon as I get my act together and buy a new console, im gonna get MK v DC, so make that another sale for midway.  It really is the time for fighting games again  :D

Posted by Maxszy

MK v DC is something on my list of games to get. I've got a lot to play, and not enough time to play them all to the extent I would like to. But this one is on the list and hopefully I can get to it soon.

Good news for Midway.. maybe this will help them survive a little longer. Well, as longs as those shipped numbers at least transfer into a decent number of sales.

Posted by Captain_Fookup

Kool, I'll get around buying MK Vs. DC when I purchase that badass Fighting Stick EX2. The D-pad on the 360 is complete weaksause.

Posted by albedos_shadow

Awesome.

Posted by Snail

So scorpion never takes its suit off?

Posted by Bullet_Jr
Captain_Fookup said:
"Kool, I'll get around buying MK Vs. DC when I purchase that badass Fighting Stick EX2. The D-pad on the 360 is complete weaksause."
Agree, it's a piece of shit.

Why couldn't they just make a functional D-Pad? Is that too much to ask, Microsoft?
Posted by Karmum

Surprised, still need to try out the game.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Good to hear good news for Midway. I really want to get MK vs. DC, but I already have a lot of games to play. Maybe I will wait for a price drop.

Posted by Leadcat

I'd almost given up on DLC, so this is some good news. :D

Posted by bjorno

I better drown to death in blood when playing Mk9.

Posted by ocdog45

what kinda of dlc would hteir be for that type of game. how many more characters can you really add.

Posted by Duckbutter

good. now they can skip the Disney-rated Sesame Street no violence bullshit they had to do with DC and get back to blood and spines and brains bursting and intestines being pulled out of people's noses and anuses exploding and stuff with a straight up Mortal Kombat game.

i thought these fucks said they were quitting MK anyway after that one game where they had like 40 fighters in it. fuckin liars. how Jay-Z and Too Short of them.

Posted by GDog

I love that game with a passion. I might be biased, as I just got a Green Lantern Tattoo this afternoon.

Posted by dtran1212

damn, haven't played MK VS DC yet and unfortunately don't plan to.....but good news i guess?

Edited by spiceninja

That sold a lot better than I thought it was going to. I expected about 500,000 copies or something. Not almost 2 million.

Posted by Jimbo_N

That is very good news. I´m super glad to hear it. I was worried for a while.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Great!

MK9, bring it!

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Excellent.

Posted by McQuinn

Sweet,  I don't usually buy DLC,  but I will gladly pay for more MKvsDC

Posted by Kohe321

I'm getting this!

Posted by TheHBK

What i would want is a high definition version of Mortal Kombat trilogy, like what they did for SuperSFIITurboHDRemix.  It would be great to have high def digitized people fighting.  Never went to mortal kombat once they moved away from that.

Posted by jakob187

WOOT!  MORTAL KOMBAT 9!!!  I hope Kung Lao decides to show up this time...and Liu Kang dies in a horrible fire that doesn't allow him to EVER come back...not even as a fucking zombie.

Posted by Elazul

Good to see that MK seems to be making some sort of a comeback. Hopefully Midway hasn't been engaging in any "channel stuffing".

Posted by marcio1986

They should focus on making a shadow hearts for the next gen.

Best RPG series on PS2.
Posted by kennybaese

This is one of the first games on my list of games to buy this summer when I get my hands on a PS3, for sure. I love me some Mortal Kombat and I love me some DC Comics, so I think it's kind of a no brainer.

Posted by Media_Master

great!!! they're still in business

Posted by giyanks22

I am one of those 1.9 million....

MK vs. DC was an okay game, I liked it, but nothing Special.

Edited by Red

Good for them, although I have no intentions on buying the game (not the biggest fighting game fan) it's still great to see a struggling company get some success.

Posted by Lozz

So glad this game went well. Congrats to Midway.

Posted by ToxicFruit

hope that they bring back the gore and keep the figthing engien

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Posted by Dryker

I got this game through Gamefly  upon Jeff's recommendation and am glad I did. Good stuff. Now if I only had the time to put into it, I still have Fallout 3, Fable 2, GTA IV,  and Gears 2 I need to spend some time with. Well, my 200 and on going hours with Too Human isn't helping either. Look forward to the guys at Midway returning to form. I want spines and beating hearts!

Posted by Qorious

That's good for them. Good to see companies like these are becoming more successful.

Posted by pause422

Thank god... glad this helped midway out a bit, I just hope MK9 doesn't take too long to make. Since Boon already said MK9 would be a return to form with a super hard pushed M, I really can't wait to see it.

Posted by Rowr

This is good news. I was really hoping it sold well.

Posted by whackmypinata

Great game. Kano is my bitch.

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