Warner To Pursue Midway IPs Mortal Kombat And Spy Hunter
If you didn't know, Warner Bros. has performed a $49 million takeover of struggling video game publisher Midway, and now, Warner has named the IPs they wish to pursue.
According to Develop, two franchises have been revealed as targets for Warner, and while one likely won't surprise anyone, the other might raise a few eyebrows. After revealing the internal promotion of a new senior vice-president, Warner issued this statement:
"As a result of the Midway acquisition, which includes the Mortal Kombat and SpyHunter franchises, Warner Bros now has access to a greatly expanded catalog of valuable intellectual properties."
You just can't kill MK but we haven't heard about Spy Hunter in quite some time; not since the series enjoyed several successful installments last generation on the PS2. They had even planned a movie adaptation last we had heard, but that may have fallen by the wayside. Warner added that these Midway properties "can be developed and re-released on new games and digital platforms, adapted for film or TV, leveraged for consumer products, or licensed to third parties." There's no knowing when we might next see a product with either "Mortal Kombat" or "Spy Hunter" on the cover, but it's good to know that both franchises will remain intact.
In the past, the internal Midway team responsible for MK said they hoped to retain control over that series but it seems their grip slipped.
8/4/2009 Ben Dutka