Time really does fly, doesn’t it? Mortal Kombat celebrates 30 years. Yes, 30 years since Sub Zero, Scorpion and the iconic words ‘Finish Him’ were first introduced to gamers This influential and iconic fighter from Midway debuted in the arcades in October 1992 before being ported to home consoles – and was like nothing like gamers had ever seen before.
Changed Gaming Forever
Mortal Kombat undoubtedly changed the shape of gaming forever, and spawned numerous sequels, comic books, movies, along with a hit 90s techno anthem as it became one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time.
The bloody, more adult-style of gaming and the striking digitized graphics created a huge stir, as well as controversy among conservative adults – with Mortal Kombat, along with other games such as Night Trap, featuring during the US Senate hearings on video games in 1993.
There are Rumours
And fans of the series may have found out how the landmark 30th anniversary will be celebrated in 2022.
Rumours have emerged about what Warner Bros Games and NetherRealm Studios have up their sleeves for the MK 30th anniversary.
It’s been claimed a remaster of the original trilogy – Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2 and Mortal Kombat 3 – is coming in 2022.
While in 2023 or 2024 a new Mortal Kombat spin-off title will also allegedly launch.
There was a Leak
The alleged leak, which originally was shared on notorious internet message board 4chan, claims the Mortal Kombat trilogy remaster is being handled by another studio apart from NetherRealm.
However – most interestingly – it’s been claimed NetherRealm aren’t handling the remaster themselves as the studio is busy working on a brand new IP.
This is reportedly a new franchise which is not a fighting game.
As always with rumors, make sure you take these claims with a huge pinch of salt until official confirmation.
A Great Way to Celebrate 30 Years of Mortal Kombat
A game that brings together the rosters of the three games that revived Mortal Kombat would be a great way to celebrate a massive franchise such as MK, especially given just how varied the kombatants have been over the years.
Over the years, Mortal Kombat Trilogy has received more of a cult following, and there’s actually a petition that has been started to bring the game back to life. The petition can be found on Change.org, and the request seems pretty simple by modern-gaming standards. They’d like to see the game upgraded with new graphics and using Unreal Engine 5, which let’s be real, would be the gaming tech equivalent of sticking a V8 engine into a riding lawnmower. But it would probably look and play amazingly.
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Written By: Jane Laker
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