September 8th, 2005
8:24 AM CST -
Midway has announced that Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (Xbox, PS2) has gone gold and has been released to manufacturing.

Midway Games today announced that the one of the most unique and heavily anticipated Mortal Kombat titles ever, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, has gone gold and will ship to stores for both the Sony PlayStation 2 and the Microsoft Xbox video game system on September 26th, 2005.

The development team at Midway Studios, Los Angeles, along with the core MK creative team at Midway Studios, Chicago, has joined forces to take the best-selling Mortal Kombat franchise into the action/adventure realm. Mortal Kombat fans can now experience the MK franchise from an entirely new action/adventure perspective with the first-ever Multi-Directional Kombat System and explore the Mortal Kombat II universe as two of the series' favorite Shaolin Monks: Liu Kang & Kung Lao in either single- or multi-player action.

As you can read, Midway's press release contains a ship date of September 26th, which is one week later than previously communicated ship dates from Midway. A quick check of major online game retailers reveals no change from the original ship date of September 19th.

We've got an inquiry into Midway to clarify the ship date. As soon as we get an answer, we will update as soon as possible.

[color=red]UPDATE: Midway sends word that the game's ship date is still September 19th. The one week difference is to account for the time it may take retailers to get the game on to stores shelves; however, in the case of most major retailers, like GameStop, EB Games, Best Buy, etc., the game will most likely be on shelves the next day.

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September 8th, 2005 11:26 AM CST - Hydro
OK so according to midway, the game will be shipping the 9/19 so it should be in the major game stores like ebgames and gamestop on 9/20. I am just making sure and watching the release date like a hawk to make sure it isn't delayed since Got some time off on release to do ko-op with some people. So they are stating that 9/26 is just the date that all stores will have it like walmart and target, whatnot.
September 8th, 2005 1:37 PM CST - Jeff Greeson
Originally Posted by : Hydro
OK so according to midway, the game will be shipping the 9/19 so it should be in the major game stores like ebgames and gamestop on 9/20. I am just making sure and watching the release date like a hawk to make sure it isn't delayed since Got some time off on release to do ko-op with some people. So they are stating that 9/26 is just the date that all stores will have it like walmart and target, whatnot.
Yeah it's pretty confusing. Although that is what Midway is doing to make sure that people hear a date that they know they can go to the store and find their game on the shelf. I guess not everyone shops at the big stores for their games. As always we recommend calling your store ahead of time to make sure they have the game.
September 8th, 2005 3:42 PM CST - Hydro
Well EBgames says it will be out on 9/20 and then their site says the same. I am willing to put my money on 9/20 then. So in that case, 12 more days. NICE!
September 8th, 2005 4:17 PM CST - Malitor Greymaulkin
Yeah.. I can't wait.. When I heard the 26th.. oh man, I about fell out of my chair.. HAVEN'T I WAITED LONG ENOUGH MIDWAY!?... hehehe Anyway, it is going to be sweet!
September 8th, 2005 8:23 PM CST - Hydro
Yes I felt the same way. Also, gamespot had a similiar article about it going gold but, Midway stated that it would be shipping 9/19. I am believing we might actually see an on time MK game next to the old MK1,2,3 games that were released on time. Yeah, um, 12 days until release. AWESOME!
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