'Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe' Ships 1.8 Million, Here's What We Know About The Next 'MK'

Midway announced today they've shipped 1.8 million copies of "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" and said work on the next, most likely M-rated "Mortal Kombat" has already started. Series co-creator Ed Boon told us a little bit about what to expect next at last summer's Comic Con (we never reported it). Here's what he said.

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Comic book characters are not the future of the "Mortal Kombat" franchise, series co-creator Ed Boon told me last summer at Comic Con in San Diego. Eventually, "Mortal Kombat" would return to its M-rated, violent roots.

That day appears close, as Midway announced today they've shipped 1.8 million copies of "Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe" and work on the next "Mortal Kombat" has already begun, though no details were disclosed.

If Boon's prediction that the series would spend alternate years swapping between spin-offs and traditional "Mortal Kombat" games is correct, he may have already shared some details on the next game with me back at Comic-Con.

"When we do the next M-rated game, it'll have that much of a newness and a freshness of a first next-gen 'Mortal Kombat,'" said Boon. "I think that element of newness is totally necessary with games, especially franchise games that have had five, six, seven versions. Without it, you see your sales slowly go away because people have felt like they've already played the game."

"It's not like 'Mortal Kombat' is teen [rated] forever!" he continued. "Like I said, I think when we do that [mature game], it'll be a bigger deal than had we done it now just because, there would [only] be an interest of 'Oh, what does 'Mortal Kombat' look like on next-gen? But now we have, 'And it's got Batman, it's got Superman, and it's a T-rated game and it plays totally different.' [Then] we can say, 'Now, back to the intensity, the gore, the over the top violence' and we'll probably even re-do the fighting [engine] again. I think, in the long run, it's going to work out."

How does that sound, "Mortal Kombat" fans?

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