It is official. Mortal Kombat 5 will be making it to next-generation consoles. Contrary to a report on GameSpot, Midway did not release specific details to which consoles it will be released on. In their third quarter earnings conference call held earlier today, Midway confirmed Mortal Kombat 5 as a part of the company's planned 31 SKUs to be released in 2002. While speculation can be made that MK5 would be a no-brainer for Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox, a specific confirmation for any console was not made, leaving a window of opportunity open for Nintendo's GameCube. With this information, all chances for an arcade release have now been obliterated. Midway projected that Mortal Kombat 5 will revolutionize the fighting genre that the series helped create.
You can listen to the entire conference call until Monday May 9th, at Streetfusion.com. To hear the part on Mortal Kombat 5, fast-forward to 7:30 within the call.