March 22nd, 1999
12:00 PM CST -
Last week at the GDC, Sega of America's COO/President, Bernie Stolar, stated that "Mortal Kombat 5" was going to be a launch title for the Sega Dreamcast. If you read our last update, you saw that I was very skeptical of this announcement and decided to follow up on this story to find out what exactly is going on directly from Midway. I received a response from MK series co-creator, Ed Boon, who was very involved with Eurocom during the porting of MK4 to Playstation and Nintendo64. Ed said that "The Dreamcast version will be based on MK4, not MK5." From this response, we can safely say that Mortal Kombat 5 is definately going to be a seperate title from the Dreamcast version of Mortal Kombat. Furthermore, to clarify that Midway Home Entertainment was not responsible for this mixup, I received a response from Midway Home Entertainment's PR department that the Dreamcast version of Mortal Kombat is still untitled. It sounds like current plans have not changed. Eurocom is still developing an enhanced version of Mortal Kombat 4 for the Dreamcast and the Midway crew is still planning to develop Mortal Kombat 5, which won't be a direct to Dreamcast game. It seems like all of the confusion has been settled; however, the question of why Sega would have made such a huge mistake in front of the entire game industry at the GDC still remains. Was the mistake intentional? Was it a PR stunt put on by Sega officials to hype the Dreamcast against Sony's announcements of the Playstation 2 hardware? Sega was contacted for a comment; however, they have not responded as of the time of this posting.

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