Originally Posted by : AngelIt's not the case here since Midway was in a terrible financial situation well before the economic collapse, and didn't post an operating profit since 1999. There were a number of shady practices by the higher ups too. Gamasutra had an interesting read back in April: http://gamasutra.com/news?story=23393
The Credit Crunch is claiming more and more victums.
Originally Posted by : Umon DaisukeGreat article. I agree 100%. Midway was never able to move their dominance in the arcades and take it to the home consoles. That Psi Ops game that the commentors are talking about I never even played and know nothing about. Cruising USA was an OK game in the arcades, but on the N64 it was one of the worst and collected dust along with my Pokemon Snap game. I remember the big arcade we have here in South Florida (and probably the only arcade left down here) had a huge digital sign that stated they had MK4 when it first came out to the arcades, and there were probably 10 of them and all were always packed with people playing. The same excitement never really hit the home MK versions from MKDA to MKvsDCU. I hope Warner Bros takes the MK franchise into a new direction. Since they're not hurting for money, I hope we don't have rushed MK games with lots of bugs in them and lack of characters and/or features. I think Midway only survived as long as it did because of MK's sales but the rushing with producing new MK games all the time really affected the quality of the games and I would imagine hurt Midway's profits greatly. I'm sort of glad Midway got bought out by Warner Bros, but I'm indifferent about the name being dropped. As long as Warner Bros keeps MK gory and M rated like it is, I have no problem with it. MKSM was the last MK game I purchased and the reason why I bought a PS2 back then. I'm hoping for another MK adventure game and hope the next MK fighter includes all the features Boon and Co want included in the game without rushing it just to meet a deadline.
It's not the case here since Midway was in a terrible financial situation well before the economic collapse, and didn't post an operating profit since 1999. There were a number of shady practices by the higher ups too. Gamasutra had an interesting read back in April: http://gamasutra.com/news?story=23393
Originally Posted by : Tim StaticBut Midway lost the NBA Jam name before they switched to consoles. The last NBA Jam game Midway made was for the arcades, NBA Jam TE.
I love those guys at Midway, but Midway + home consoles = suckage. The NBA Jams sucked. The Blitz franchised sucked, and the MK franchise sucked. Just 3 examples of huge arcade hits for Midway sucking on the consoles. I still wish WB's would have kept the name. I think its stupid to change it.
Originally Posted by : Umon DaisukeWell Kotaku went to Midway PR, who told them the cookie cutter response. But I was told by many insiders at Midway Chicago that the Midway name is no more, I put the story up after that confirmation was given. The ownership took effect Friday at midnight, but the old logos remain on the building (I took some pictures on Saturday). Actually employees are calling it Warner Brothers Games already, but I'm sure we'll get some official news sometime today.
No one knows for sure if they're dropping the name: http://kotaku.com/5312018/warner-bros-now-owns-midway-mortal-kombat WB also owns Monolith, and while I realize that they're a developer, not a publisher like Midway was, WB may choose to keep the name for brand recognition. Either way, I feel indifferent unlike some of you guys. Besides, if you're a fan, the games are still under development as Pat noted. The difference is, they have competent management now that won't screw things up.
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarronAh, i ddnt reaize that. Good I guess because I dont remember much, but those console NBA Jam games were baddddd.
But Midway lost the NBA Jam name before they switched to consoles. The last NBA Jam game Midway made was for the arcades, NBA Jam TE.
Originally Posted by : GlamadorPacks a lot more punch though.
Well I'm indifferent to the name change on the whole. But I will say this, Midway had a nice ring and a good logo presence on the box. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has a good logo presence as well, but it's a lot harder to say.
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarronIt's sort of odd that a smaller developer and a less recognized name like Monolith got to keep their name despite the acquisition, while they chose to change Midway. Monolith wasn't a bargain like Midway of course, but it's still an odd move nonetheless. Anyway, WB's deep pockets will be beneficial to a franchise that still sells well to this day.
Updated main post on 7/13/2009: We reworded the article to be clear that this is not sourced on a few Twitter updates, but instead employees of the company confirming this change has happened effective midnight on July 10th, 2009.