Mortal Kombat 9 is one year old
Ed Boon and Mortal Kombat fans the world over are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Mortal Kombat. Yes. It’s been a year since the series returned to PlayStation.
Mortal Kombat launched on 19 April 2011 in North America and on 21 April in Europe, almost three years on from MK vs. DC. It arrived at launch sporting 28 characters on the disc, including Kratos as a PlayStation exclusive and four more as downloadable content.
Mortal Kombat 9 was originally available in three retail kombos: the Standard Edition, Kollector’s Edition and Tournament Edition. The Kollector’s Edition included collectable Sub-Zero and Scorpion bookends and an exclusive art book, and the Tournament Edition came with a high-quality arcade fightstick with a flip-top lid for storing all your gaming essentials.
Series creator Ed Boon celebrated Mortal Kombat’s birthday with a tweet on Thursday:
Happy Birthday Mortal Kombat (9). One year old today. Yes you are. Yes you ARE!
MK has received positive reviews, multiple awards at E3 2010, and the Best Fighting Game of 2011 award in the Golden Joystick Awards, defeating both Super Street Fight IV Arcade Edition and Marvel vs Capcom 3. By the end of 2011, Mortal Kombat had sold over 3m copies across all consoles, offering further proof that the series was back on track.
The PlayStation Store recently celebrated joyously with discounts on Mortal Kombat DLC and MK vs DC, the only MK with a Teen rating.
A Komplete Edition was released recently that features all four DLC characters including Freddie Krueger, 15 klassic DLC character skins and three klassic fatalities. As an added bonus, the Komplete Edition comes with the 1995 movie and a collection of music
Mortal Kombat’s success would have been bittersweet for Ed Boon. In 2009, the studio (then Midway Games) filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy to formerly close the company after 50 years in the business. Now owned and operated by Warner Bros., Ed Boon and the Mortal Kombat franchise is stronger than ever under the new name Nether Realm Studios.
Now with the Komplete Edition out now for PS3 and a PS Vita version right around the corner, the question is are we ready for Mortal Kombat 10? And did the return to 2D gameplay really save the franchise? Let us know in the usual place below…