July 24th, 2008
3:22 PM CST -
Today Ed Boon updated his website Noob.com with a new teaser. This time it's asks us a simple question:
Tobias?
What does this mean? It could mean anything, and I'm sure we'll find soon enough. We could find out with the next MKast podcast. Or maybe it wont be revealed until the San Diego Comic-Con events tomorrow. There are lots of talk and rumors on the internet about it, so we figured we'd share our theories on the matter.

First, Ed could be hinting towards the return of John Tobias to Midway. No one knows what John has been up to in the past few years. John along with other Midway employees left in the late 90s to start up his own game studio, Studio Gigante. They put out two games, Tao Feng Fist of the Lotus for Microsoft and WWE WrestleMania 21 for THQ, before it closed it's doors in 2005.

After that, John has been said to be doing freelance work while his former Studio Gigante partners went to EA Chicago. But sadly, EA Chicago also closed its doors late last year. As earlier this year it was reported that some of them have now gotten together after EA Chicago has closed and started another company, RoboModo. On their MobyGames profile, John is not listed as one of their founders. So from what we can see, he has no other public obligations. While this doesn't rule him out of coming back, it also doesn't prove he is back. I know a lot of fans would love to see his influence and input return to the series.

Or, Ed could simply be alluding to Noob Saibot as a character for the the upcoming Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. This is very possible, but in recent years they've occasionally dropped always using the "Saibot" part of his name. Perhaps they are just trying to judge the fan's reactions to rumors of characters to see if they should include one or not, an internet sounding board if you will.

Maybe even it could even be both of the above. Time will tell. Until then, stay tuned for any arrested developments as we'll bring them to you right away. We have our ears to the ground and will let you know if anything else develops.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



July 24th, 2008 3:30 PM CST - Tim Static
If your reading this, Welcome back JT
July 24th, 2008 5:41 PM CST - Snow
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
We could find out with today's MKast podcast.
How are you so sure the MKast will be released today?
July 24th, 2008 6:14 PM CST - Glamador
I hope Tobias is back, but I wouldn't be dissapointed if Noob Saibot is in either. And I hope they say his full name if he is included.
July 25th, 2008 12:11 AM CST - satinsoven
I don't want Noob in. He's a waste of space on a limited roster that would better be occupied by baraka, reptile, raiden, kitana, etc.
July 25th, 2008 1:32 AM CST - Tim Static
Originally Posted by : satinsoven
I don't want Noob in. He's a waste of space on a limited roster that would better be occupied by baraka, reptile, raiden, kitana, etc.
Exactly what I think.
July 25th, 2008 6:01 AM CST - Tim Static
so, wait....this John Tobias... is the same John Tobias as this... is the same JT from MK...? AND... ??????????????????????????????
July 25th, 2008 7:06 AM CST - Snow
LOLZ He lost his hair!
July 25th, 2008 7:57 AM CST - Tim Static
he looks like the Micro Machine man, lol or if he put on a green hat, he could be Luigi
July 25th, 2008 12:05 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
Originally Posted by : Snow
How are you so sure the MKast will be released today?
It used to be on Thursday nights, we were wrong obviously.
July 25th, 2008 12:07 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
That is Tobias Fünke from the show Arrested Development. It was part of a joke image I thought after reading the name. It is not John Tobias, last time I saw him for the Tao Feng interview he still had his hair.
July 25th, 2008 1:36 PM CST - The_MKFreak
My god, John Tobias back on MK would be awesome! I really liked his storytelling with MK Mythologies: Sub Zero (with the amulet and all. The MK storyline really was deep mythology back in those days with Tobias still around), and he obviously was part of MK's most successful period. I even have his MK comic book that he drew. The two original co-creators back again in a dream team! But somehow I doubt the message due to the timing, since MK vs DC is pretty much done in design (all features and gameplay design is frozen) and looks almost done in implementation (just three more months of work).
July 25th, 2008 2:55 PM CST - Glamador
It's official, John Tobias will be writing the MK vs. DCU comic book that will be included in the Kollector's Edition.
July 25th, 2008 6:46 PM CST - Tim Static
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
That is Tobias Fünke from the show Arrested Development. It was part of a joke image I thought after reading the name. It is not John Tobias, last time I saw him for the Tao Feng interview he still had his hair.
I was about to say, that doesnt look like him at all, lol.
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