April 1st, 2004
6:18 PM CST -
April Fools: Today, our sources at Midway revealed yet another new mini-game from Mortal Kombat: Deception. The new mini-game is a dance simulation game, just like Komani’s Dance Dance Revolution, where you have to score higher than your opponent by the end of a song or when the other player is dead. The Mortal Kombat twist on the game is that you and your opponent both have your own life bars.

Characters have the ability to execute specific special moves to attack your opponent once a "Special Move" meter is filled after getting so many steps of a combo executed correctly. The songs to be used in the game have not yet been fully decided yet; however, we expect to see some of the many already famous Mortal Kombat Remixes by the Immortals, along with some new music developed just for the game.

Finally, the game can be used with either just the controllers or they will allow the ability to switch to a DDR pad, which are available for both consoles already. We are currently working on getting an in-game photo of this, so keep an eye out for it.

Update: This world exclusive screenshot just arrived in our inbox!

April 21st, 2004
10:22 AM CST -
The May issue of Game Informer has a four-paged article on Mortal Kombat: Deception, along with an interview with series co-creator, Ed Boon and other members of the Deception development team. Check back later for more details on the article when we get a hold of it. Thanks jgreenwo.
April 23rd, 2004
4:09 PM CST -
Midway has officially annouced the titles to be included in the sequal to their Arcade compilation title. As reported before, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 are all to be included in the 21 title collection. In addition, several Atari arcade games are all included in the compilation, including Primal Rage. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 will be available this fall and released on Xbox, PS2 and (surprise) GameCube for $19.99. The Xbox version will let players post their high scores through Xbox Live. Here is the official run down of all games that are included.
A.P.B., Arch Rivals, Championship Sprint, Cyberball 2072, Gauntlet 2, Hard Drivin’, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, NARC, Pit Fighter, Primal Rage, Rampage World Tour, Spy Hunter 2, Steel Talons, STUN Runner, Timber, Total Carnage, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe, Xybots

April 28th, 2004
7:33 PM CST -
The Microsoft Xbox fansite TeamXBox has posted an interview with John Podlasek of Midway Games. John is the producer of the upcoming Mortal Kombat: Deception and also the previous installment: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Below is an excerpt of John discussing the new interactive environments in MK:D.

The new environments are one of my favorite additions to this game. Walls blast open, players get kicked through glass floors, a giant stamper with molten lava can melt you, and prisoners can grab your player so your opponent can get some free shots on you. Another one of the cooler ones is a giant rock platform with an active earthquake breaking the perimeter and making it smaller. The longer you fight the smaller the area becomes until one's health is wiped out or falls off the edge onto a giant spike. We've also reworked a few of the MKDA backgrounds and added a few new surprises. In one of them the lava will now actually damage players and another had lasers added to the perimeter for ring outs that'll slice up the loser.

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