One thing that always puzzled me since the acquisition of Midway Games by WB Games
is that the Chicago studio, home of the Mortal Kombat team, was the only studio to not have some official name and website to call home beyond the generic WB Games Chicago
title. The other Midway studio that Warners purchased in Seattle retook it's old name of Surreal Software
. As well the two other studios that Warners purchased that were not part of Midway also retain their old names: Snowblind Studios
and Monolith Productions
. Most development teams have some form of official name across the industry, and beyond being called "The MK Team" they haven't had some official title.
Then today I noticed a new website that went up recently, WBGamesJobs.com
. What I found interesting was that it features the Mortal Kombat Dragon
logo promiently on the page along with the other studio logos. Also of note is that all the job listings on the site name the studios the listing belongs to, with exception for Chicago which say "WB Games in Chicago."
Could this mean the WB Games Chicago
studio will be getting a new name of it's own related to Mortal Kombat? My guess is something along the lines of Mortal Kombat Studios
. Could they also get a website similar to the other studios to go along with the name for all game announcements and news? I haven't yet been able to find any signs or recently registered domain names that point us to the possible studio name. All I know the "Kommunity" would love to have one central place to call home, since the Threshold Entertainment
has been inactive for close to a decade.
Another far fetched option to rebrand them Midway Games
. Warner Bros does own the now defunct midway.com domain
but it's unlikely the Chicago studio would adopt this title as they didn't purchase the "Midway Games" naming rights in the purchase of the Chicago studio. Unless they pick up the name as part of Midway's final liquidation
is complete. But the Midway logos were removed from the studio's walls at the end of August 2009, it would have been a waste of money to have to put it all back up now. But it would allow the Midway legacy to continue.
I have a feeling that they will ge a real name soon, Mortal Kombat related or not, as the hype machine for Mortal Kombat 9
should be starting up soon to meet the targeted Christmas 2010 release date