January 31st, 2008
10:46 PM CST -
In Midway's Q4 2007 conference call to investors, David Zucker - CEO of Midway Games - reiterated that plans are still on track to release a Mortal Kombat title for next-generation consoles, Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, in 2008. Zucker also mentioned a bit of information that Mortal Kombat fans have been waiting very patiently for. This April, the first details of the next Mortal Kombat game will be revealed at Midway's Gamers Day event on April 17th in Las Vegas.

And then later in the year, we expect to launch the next generation debut of our perennial top selling franchise Mortal Kombat. The Mortal Kombat franchise has sold over 7 million units during the PS2 console cycle and we will be unveiling details on the next iteration at our Gamers Day event in mid April.

Coincidentally, the personal website - Noob.com - of Mortal Kombat series co-creator, Ed Boon, has been updated with a countdown timer to Midway's Gamers Day event. Suffice it to say, April 17th, 2008 should be marked on every Mortal Kombat fan's calendar as the "re-imaging" of a 15 year franchise is revealed to the public.

What to expect from the reveal of "Mortal Kombat 8" this April? Previously Boon went on record to say that "It’s going to be nothing like you’ve ever seen before." Inspired by the art direction of Gears of War, Boon looks to create a "gritty" and "very dark, serious Mortal Kombat" that the game is "reinventing everything from the ground up."

Back in September rumors sprouted up regarding "Mortal Kombat 8" being a 'versus' title along with another well-established intellectual property. So far no new information on this rumor has presented itself to us; however, signs still point to that possibility and soon we shall find out if our tipster was on the money.

Keep with us as we continue to follow the developments of the next iteration of the Mortal Kombat franchise and remember to check back in April for the big reveal at Midway's Gamers Day event.

Update on 3/20/2008 by Patrick McCarron - There seems to be a slight update to the counter site now, brought to our attention by Forums member Tim Static. At first what appeared be a visitor counter, now may appear to be some code: 238,868.

What does the code mean? Could it point to a future release date of 8/8/08? Or just referring to the year 2008? I guess we'll know more in less than a month! Stay tuned!

Update on 3/28/2008 by Patrick McCarron - Ed has gone and made more updates this week. The website now shows a set of mysterious eyes under the words ANSWERS along with a series of animal pictures and numbers along the bottom edge of the animals.

You can decode the animal's common names to spell out RAGE and for the numbers under the pictures replaced with that letter in the alphabet it becomes FREE and KLOSE. What does it all mean? Stay tuned, I'm guessing the ANSWERS are very KLOSE. ;)
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