Video Games

Warner Bros. eyes ongoing Midway sale.

Recently, Midway has been seeking a sale of the company, and/or its brand portfolio. Three Suitors made themselves known. One of those brands include the once famous Mortal Kombat franchise. Still to this day, there are millions of passionate Mortal Kombat fans.

We don’t know if the company will be purchased as a whole, including the assets that come with the company, and the intellectual properties they own. They have a whole lot of them in their belts; among the names are Rampage, Gauntlet, Joust, SF Rush series, Robotron, Paperboy, the Blitz series, NBA Jam, the list goes on and on. Or they’re going to sell them separate.

But what we DO know is that Warner Bros. has an eye on the ongoing search for a owner, MCV has gotten word from a source within Warner Bros. about the possible Midway sale:

“Warner is pretty confident that they will get Midway – which will be an immediate boost to their portfolio. The deal isn’t done yet. Midway is still open to offers from other potential buyers – but Warner looks to be favourite to wrap it up. They look ready to put the money on the table.”

Now, I’m not liking the idea of Mortal Kombat being owned by a company that took the sauce out of Mortal Kombat as far as it can get to a “T” rating label. I’m not sure I like the idea of Warner Bros. doing it. I want my Mortal Kombat back. I want to see the game as it should have been created from the beginning! I want my “M” rated Mortal Kombat, not the barebones ‘Kombat!

I don’t care who owns Mortal Kombat, if Epic buys it, fine. If ID software buys it, fine. If 3D realms buys it, fine. But I don’t want to see it bought by a company that yanks the core trademark of the series; brutality, at the expense of another franchise in a “Vs” crossover game.

I DON’T CARE who it is, just as long as it sounds like a match. A mature game does not belong on a kiddy company’s hand. I, however, like the idea of UbiSoft owning the rights to Mortal Kombat, since they have some experience doing mature games.