August 4th, 2006
3:23 PM CST -
During Midway's second quarter conference call, Midway execs responded to a few questions about their current generation support plans. In their response, Midway believes that "Microsoft has shifted onto the 360. Xbox software sales, month over month, continue to drop pretty quickly." And also due to the confusion and the lack of Microsoft's success in offering a comprehensive backwards compatability solution for the Xbox 360, Midway stated that "Xbox is going to be the platform that, after the holidays, it's certainly going to be pretty difficult to certainly sell any new games for."

And in a related note, Midway has acknowledged that at this time there are no plans for premium editions of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for Microsoft Xbox.

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August 4th, 2006 3:40 PM CST - Specter
Wow That really sucks for X-box users but they are getting UMK3 on X-Box Live Arcade right?
August 4th, 2006 4:14 PM CST - The 7th Number
thats why i have a ps2! :D but next gen im going to get xbox 360.
August 4th, 2006 4:15 PM CST - Kona
I'm glad for my PS2, too bad for the many X-Box users here. Next gen for me is deff PS3.
August 4th, 2006 4:34 PM CST - Janakan
So does this mean i wont be able to play armagedon on my 360?
August 4th, 2006 6:41 PM CST - Big Turk 1986
Originally Posted by : Kona
I'm glad for my PS2, too bad for the many X-Box users here. Next gen for me is deff PS3.
Same here Kona.
August 4th, 2006 6:51 PM CST - Glamador
****ING HELL! I knew they were going to do this...I missed out on the collector's edition last time and now this happens...this just isn't fair...I'd pay 100 bucks for a collector's edition dammit Midway! YOU HEAR THAT! I'll pay you for an exclusive! I might just go out an get the PS2 edition even if I don't have a PS2. I mean you can just play the DVD thing on any DVD player right?
August 4th, 2006 7:31 PM CST - DCR
Originally Posted by : Jeff Greeson
And in a related note, <b>Midway</b> has acknowledged that at this time there are no plans for premium editions of <a href="http://www.trmk.org/games/mortal_kombat_armageddon/">Mortal Kombat: Armageddon</a> for <b>Microsoft Xbox</b>.
Shit. Figures.
Originally Posted by : Specter
Wow That really sucks for X-box users but they are getting UMK3 on X-Box Live Arcade right?
Unfortunately Xbox Live Arcade can only be accessed with a 360, not with the original Xbox.
August 4th, 2006 11:41 PM CST - Specter
Wow this sucks for regular X-box owners might miss out on great bonus content...but I have a PS2...Sorry X-box Players
August 5th, 2006 3:21 AM CST - ZaketoX
Dont say that, your not sorry for SODOMIZING us.
August 5th, 2006 9:00 AM CST - BlindPlayer
Keep in mind there is still one undetailed limited package out there. If this all adds up correctly, there should be 1 xbox limited edditions. Might I remind you that this is somewhat the same thing that happened with deception. Xbox owners, don't get discouraged yet.
August 5th, 2006 9:28 AM CST - Immortal Reaver
Did you guys ever think about why they didn't make the premium packs with the most obvious enemies? Such as Scorpion/Sub Zero, Sektor/Cyrax, Raiden/Shujinko, etc. I think those will be for the Xbox premium if it's made. The PS2 KE for MK: D was announced before the Xbox versions, so maybe there is still a chance for us Xbox players. I have a 360 and an Xbox. So, either way I'll be able to play MK:A. Just don't know about the extra DVD.
August 5th, 2006 1:29 PM CST - Glamador
The extra DVD is what I really wanted out of this deal...looks like I'm gonna have to dish out a full $150 dollars for MK:A if I want it for Xbox when it comes out, PS2 Premium for the DVD AND for the Wii just because it's gonna rock.
August 5th, 2006 3:36 PM CST - AMG
Well that's the deciding factor for which console I'll get MK:A for. I can understand Midways's reasoning behind this decision. But that really sucks for the Xbox only guys.
August 6th, 2006 5:58 AM CST - ChiefThunder
I've been saying this all along. That's why it pays to have both systems. I'm only after the collectors edition soley for the two DVD featurettes. "A History of Fatalities" and "50 Characters In Retrospect" well there not the exact titles but you get my drift.
August 9th, 2006 11:01 AM CST - iniquity1
The thing Microsoft and the team at Xbox has failed to realize is this: Does the brand name Sega mean anything? They constantly upgraded to a new system and ALWAYS neglected their previous systems. Which, being the sucker I was bought into. But where are they now? Kaput! By neglecting previous systems without a backward compatibility, they're just asking for people to make the switch over to the Playstation. Which I intend to do. What did you learn Xbox? Loyalty is only as good as it's deserved.
August 9th, 2006 5:57 PM CST - K1LLKANO
You can't compare Backwards Compatibility on current gen systems to older systems like NES, SNES, Sega, Sega 32x etc. None of those systems at the time had backwards compatibility. Everything was using carts, that got smaller as time progressed so the newer systems wouldn't hold older games. I'm just happy that I have a PS2. Though I am annoyed that Microsoft has put out there new system already and Sony is still finishing theirs up. I'd like to see something to compare before I actually decide on a new system. Can't wait for UMK3 on the CE
August 9th, 2006 6:13 PM CST - Kona
Originally Posted by : K1LLKANO
I'm just happy that I have a PS2. Can't wait for UMK3 on the CE
You said it, a great system right there. Also, I hope UMK3 isn't buggy or slow like MK2 on MKSM.
August 10th, 2006 12:22 AM CST - DCR
Originally Posted by : K1LLKANO
You can't compare Backwards Compatibility on current gen systems to older systems like NES, SNES, Sega, Sega 32x etc. None of those systems at the time had backwards compatibility.
Actually you could play Genesis games through your 32X, so it was technically backwards compatible.
August 11th, 2006 10:45 AM CST - iniquity1
Really my point was that by nixing an older system for a newer one, just leaves one feeling scorned. Sony has taken the right approach by waiting to have a better system instead of rushing out with a new system that's not as up to snuff with the previous system just to be the first on the block.
August 11th, 2006 1:13 PM CST - JSOOGZ
I probably should get it for PS2 now, even though I really don't like playstation...
August 11th, 2006 10:24 PM CST - ebm62980
This is all the more reason to make an xbox 360 version of MKA, even if it is only upgraded textures. Ive got all three systems, but Id rather play the xbox version since it will look somewhat better and the online play will be more stable. I never buy multiplatform games for the PS2 and GCN, they always look 10x worse the xbox version. But this time around I may just get the PS2 collectors version of MKA since it looks to be a landmark in the series and the xbox wont have the collectors edition.
August 13th, 2006 12:21 AM CST - Vixen
Originally Posted by : JSOOGZ
I probably should get it for PS2 now, even though I really don't like playstation...
What soogy. I love my ps2. im a sony girl all the way. but thanks to my bf we have every system. so reguardlesss he's getting an xbox version. while ill get it for the ps2. that way we both can play online....we are awesome like that
August 13th, 2006 12:49 AM CST - ChiefThunder
I wonder that if MKA was only released on one console. Everybody would have to buy that console in order to play it. I hate the Wii system with a passion, yet I would buy one if I had no choice. It's about games, not consoles. But I do love my Snes and Psx. Lol
September 2nd, 2006 11:27 PM CST - jbgames
Midway stated that "Xbox is going to be the platform that, after the holidays, it's certainly going to be pretty difficult to certainly sell any new games for." With this logic Midway is using, why are they even bothering releasing it for the Xbox at all? PS2 by rights should be more dead than Xbox anyways; it's a year older, and the PS3 will be out this holiday season. Who cares if Microsoft already has their new system out... it's still completely irrelevant to MK: Armageddon. Rediculous. At the very least they should release the extra content on Xbox Live Arcade with UMK3.
September 3rd, 2006 1:18 AM CST - Jade
I have X-Box and PS2 anyways so either way I win.
September 3rd, 2006 4:59 AM CST - Kain-Xavier
I too am a bit perturbed by the lack of a premium edition for the X-Box, but I can understand Midway's reasoning. I don't think there's much Microsoft or any third-party publisher can do at this point about the rapid decline in game sales. With the way the market seems to be going this year, the X-Box's biggest competitor is neither the PS2 or the GC, it's the X-Box 360 itself. Price and game selection hardly seems to be the fore-most thing in the consumer's mind. This is also a damn shame, because I think 2005 was a fantastic year for the original X-Box. The PS2 is long past its prime in my opinion (2003 or so,) but it still has the brand-name clout and the market penetration to drive sales. Sony has won two console wars in terms of sales and while the machine is not much more powerful than the Dreamcast, it's still maintained its hold on the average consumer. I hate to say this but I think the only people buying GC and X-Box titles anymore are hardcore fans or people who only own one system of the previous generation. Which again is a damn same because I currently buy a PS2 title about once a year. (My last purchases for the PS2 were Kingdom Hearts 2 -- 2006, God of War -- 2005, and Katamari Damacy -- 2004.) Much like ebm, I prefer X-Box ports for multi-platform titles simply because of the support for higher resolutions (usually 480p,) and the X-Box Live infrastructure. And like ChiefThunder, the only thing I really care about on the premium disc is the video footage. UMK3 is a nice bonus, but I have little love for that title. Here's hoping to either Midway putting up the videos on the MK:A website or somebody releasing a copy on YouTube. Now as for UMK3 being on X-Box Live Arcade... Yeah I suppose X-Box 360 owners do have that perk, but I want the videos dammit! What most people don't realize is that there's also an X-Box Live Arcade for the original X-Box. (It requires a disc that you must mail order from Microsoft.) However, the support for the original X-Box Live Arcade was always rather poor and now near abysmal with the sales of the 360. The last Live Arcade titles released on the X-Box were thankfully a batch of Midway titles: Gauntlet, Joust, Robotron, and Smash TV. I'm sure the X-Box could handle a title such as UMK3, but I don't forsee Microsoft even bothering with the level of sales unfortunately. So with that diatribe out of the way, anyone interested in selling their premium disc for the NTSC PS2 version for oh, say 20 - 25 US dollars plus shipping? :D
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