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Mortal Kombat Team To Midway: "Later"

Kotaku reports that the developers behind MIdway's most valuable franchise are looking to move on to more fiscally friendly pastures.

So then I told the money to "Get over here..."
Recent days are not rosy ones over at Midway, as the company struggles to pull itself from the mire of bankruptcy. Now matters may be even worse, as Kotaku is reporting the Mortal Kombat team--arguably Midway's most important set of developers, and inarguably the people behind its most important property--is looking to leave the company en masse and form a new studio under the auspices of a healthier publsher.

The MK team, which comprises about 50 developers, is said to be in discussions with a handful of unnamed publishers, with senior members of the group handling negotiations for a possible exodus from Midway. According to Midway sources who wished to remain anonymous, one of the catalysts for the move is a lack of payment in bonuses due to MK team members based on meeting Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe sales targets... If the MK team—who are apparently not under contract at Midway—does find a new studio to call home at a publisher other than Midway, the fighting game franchise may not go with them. That, as well as having to abandon work on the follow-up to MK vs. DC, tentatively titled Mortal Kombat 9, was going to be "tough."

Midway is clearly not going to give up the MK property without receiving what it considers adequate compensation, but if another company looking to get into the fighting game biz--Activision, let's say, or EA--were to snap them up, that would provide them with the right impetus to get down to serious bidding on MK, wouldn't it?

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Posted by Brad
So then I told the money to "Get over here..."
Recent days are not rosy ones over at Midway, as the company struggles to pull itself from the mire of bankruptcy. Now matters may be even worse, as Kotaku is reporting the Mortal Kombat team--arguably Midway's most important set of developers, and inarguably the people behind its most important property--is looking to leave the company en masse and form a new studio under the auspices of a healthier publsher.

The MK team, which comprises about 50 developers, is said to be in discussions with a handful of unnamed publishers, with senior members of the group handling negotiations for a possible exodus from Midway. According to Midway sources who wished to remain anonymous, one of the catalysts for the move is a lack of payment in bonuses due to MK team members based on meeting Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe sales targets... If the MK team—who are apparently not under contract at Midway—does find a new studio to call home at a publisher other than Midway, the fighting game franchise may not go with them. That, as well as having to abandon work on the follow-up to MK vs. DC, tentatively titled Mortal Kombat 9, was going to be "tough."

Midway is clearly not going to give up the MK property without receiving what it considers adequate compensation, but if another company looking to get into the fighting game biz--Activision, let's say, or EA--were to snap them up, that would provide them with the right impetus to get down to serious bidding on MK, wouldn't it?

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Posted by Gearhead

So can we say now that Midway is completely screwed?

Posted by ManMadeGod

And there goes any hope Midway had left.

Posted by StaticFalconar

Well after Guilty Gear died, Blaz Blue came around, so I wonder what will come after MK?

Posted by Mooshu

A Mortal kombat game without Boon?


Fuck that.

Posted by Dane

Meh, Midway will be fine without them...........


Posted by AndrewB

It's a great move on their part. Plenty of publishers would be willing to pick these guys up, I would think. It looks like the end of Midway is neigh, and I can't say I'll be sad to see them go, so long as their properties continue to live on, and their developers continue making the money they deserve.

Edited by spiceninja

Well Midway, it was nice knowing you. But that's what happens when you make games no one cares about.

Posted by Captain_Fookup

I hope this happens, Midway is the Old Yeller of the video game industry.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

FATALITY!

Posted by JoelTGM

So their best developers are still in the bizz, who cares.

Posted by Teptom

Please be Capcom, please be Capcom. Really anyone besides Activision.

Posted by PXAbstraction

If what the source says is true, I can't say I blame them.  Midway executives were lining themselves up for large bonuses but holding them back from the team who made one of the only games of theirs that actually sold last year?!  That's insanity.  I know they've retooled the bonus thing somewhat after the government got wind of it but they've still promised themselves lots of money if they can bring the company out of bankruptcy, even though they were the ones who made it happen.  I hope these guys can find success with more intelligent managers.

Posted by JJOR64
Brad said:
If the MK team—who are apparently not under contract at Midway—does find a new studio to call home at a publisher other than Midway, the fighting game franchise may not go with them.

If MK doesn't leave with the MK team then, whats the point in leaving.
Posted by GalacticPunt

Ed Boon to Principal Midway: "Have fun at dinner!"

Posted by DeavonW

Scorpion is making business deals on his blue tooth headset!

Posted by BloodRavyne

It's over, Midway is finished.

Posted by buzz_killington

this combo is gonna finish him...

Posted by Jared

These guys need to go back and make MK4 with similar graphics found in the SNES MK3 Ultimate version and then release it on XBL / PSN for $20-$30!

Posted by agentboolen

This is the reason why you treat your workers good, because when you need them most they might just walk out on you.  For these 50 developers I hope they can manage to stay together and give us another amazing fighting series.

Posted by JasonDaPsycho

Midway never rocked my universe anyway (never liked MK) so having them gone won't be something that change my life

Anyway, Midway is still screwed big time
Just imagine if they weren't so much of a bitch when it comes to bounses, things maybe different

Posted by s0liddante

"Please be Capcom, please be Capcom."

Good god if capcom gets MK that would make some of the most AMAZING fighting games!  Not gonna lie i would love to c the MK team make a 100% super hero fighting game.

Posted by zoozilla

If there's anything I've learned in the last few months, it's that bonuses are really important.

Posted by InFamous91

its about time lol

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

when was the last time midway actually put out a good game? frankly i'm surprised they're still in business.

Posted by MeatSim

The Mortal Kombat team needs to get paid!

Posted by AspiringAndy

It will not be Capcom.
Be realistic people.

Posted by MegaDaffy

Activision has Bloody Roar though, don't they?

Did they just release "Primal Fury" for Gamecube or does Activision have the rights to Bloody Roar?

Posted by Black_Rose
Mooshu said:
"A Mortal kombat game without Boon?Fuck that."
This a million fucking times
Posted by cspiffo

Take note Dev's and Pub's.  This is what happens when you fail to innovate.  You wined up like MIdway.

Posted by Muffin_Hunter
DeavonW said: "Scorpion is making business deals on his blue tooth headset!"

"And then I said to the money, GET OVER HERE!!"
Posted by TheSmilingDude

Midway should start picking out its coffin.

Posted by chronicsmoke

I knew this was coming,without boon on the development team it just wont be the same,heres hopin  the franchise and the Mk team get picked up by a good company

Posted by Snail

Can anyone say OWNED?

Posted by raidingkvatch

Can't blame em for jumping ship

Posted by roofy

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaannndddd now.


call the doctor for the death certificate

Posted by MackGyver

Such a respectable franchise getting screwed over by overly greedy senior execs at Midway. MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

Posted by RHCPfan24

Wave your last bye to Midway everyone!

Posted by MattyFTM

I dunno what to think about this. The idea of the next MK game not being developed by those dudes isn't a good one, but at the same time, it'd be nice to see them do something else.

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Posted by Afroman269

Well Midway is now dead. Hope this means that the MK devs can take the MK name with them.

Posted by Axelhander

Kotaku is not a viable news source, so I'm taking this with 17 grains of salt. IF true, that's a huge blow to Midway.

Posted by freakydude20

i assume if this is true that activision is involved. they love to sequal things like crazy and MK a franchise they can do it to

Edited by Al3xand3r

Was there any good MK since II and maaaaybe 3 Ultimate anyway? What will these guys bring to CAPCOM that so many people want them to go to? CAPCOM has pretty much perfected the beat em up, if they wanted to do something stupid and violent like MK they would have done it already. They've done crazier ideas than that anyway, like, I don't know, Power Stone, Tatsunoko/X-Men/Marvel vs, Rival Schools, etc.

Posted by ImperiousRix

I'm down for another team handling MK.  I don't think the "MK team" has been doing a great job with their baby in recent years, and I would like to see them try to make a new franchise and let some other team breathe some new life into Mortal Kombat.

Posted by RipTheVeins

wait, does EA still own the Marvel license from Marvel Nemesis?  if so then there could just as well be a possible Marvel vs. DC game that will more than likely have the MK fighting system instead of Capcom's...not saying it'll be better or worse that way, but it's still something to consider.

Posted by Jayzilla

RIP Midway.

Posted by Neorub

Capcom says hi

Posted by Godlyawesomeguy

If Midway survives through this, then great, I'm happy for them, but if they dont there is a reason for it, and it may be their time to go, but whatever happens we NEED (thats right not "want", but NEED) an excessively gory, instensively violent, old school MK game on a current-gen console I'm sick of looking at these last gen gore-filled fatalities, or the current-gen watered down broken mirror version of what they used to be. how cool would it be to rip Superman's head off?

Posted by dQuarters

Just tank already. I'm about as big an MK fan as it gets. But let's put this broken beast to bed already.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Every fucking time I hear another nail being driven into Midway's coffin I just think: "HEY! HOW ABOUT FUCKING PSI OPS 2! FORCE UNLEASHED STOLE ALL OF THE SHIT FROM THE FIRST ONE, WHY NOT MAKE A SEQUEL WITH A BETTER MARKETING STRATEGY?!?!" and then I say "NO! NEVERMIND! JUST MAKE ANOTHER SHITTY GTA KNOCK OFF!!!". They seem to listen to the latter one more than  the first.

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