Mortal Kombat X is coming to consoles next year, and might have a live action series releasing around that same time frame or much later. This news comes as the roster for the series’ tenth game is still being filled out with periodical names of those coming to the next-generation fighter being announced. Video game adaptations into shows and movies have often resulted in rejection from fans, and the Mortal Kombat franchise is no stranger to this negative stigma. That being said, this is also only one of the many upcoming video game adaptations across other forms of media entertainment within the next couple of years.
The details of the Mortal Kombat X series are somewhat scarce at the moment with the announcement coming today from Warner Brothers subsidiary Blue Ribbon Content. Blue Ribbon is a part of a new initiative for Warner to focus on shorter series, meaning this could either be a mini-series deal or possibly involve a shorter episodic format. Mortal Kombat: Legacy is already an internet series that embraces shorter episodes and seasons, telling the stories of classic fighters, such as Johnny Cage, Liu Kang and Kitana, on their route to the first game’s particular tournament.
This coming series will have a narrative tie to Mortal Kombat X with the inclusion of in-game characters and some original ones. No notes on casting or a possible release window have been revealed as of yet. The game is set to come out April 14 of 2015 to Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Xbox One consoles. Neversoft, the company behind the game, has announced a slew of participantss that will make fighting appearances in the title including Quan-Chi, Raiden, Sub-Zero and Scorpion with further names still to come.
The track record of video game licenses in other mediums does not bode well for the quality of this Mortal Kombat X series. Television series based on game licenses, such as The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Captain N: The Game Master and the various Sonic series, have usually been animated and categorized as children shows. Offerings that seem more mature such as Defiance and the upcoming Arklay, based off of Resident Evil, have done little as of yet to cement their legitimacy. Movies sprung from video game worlds usually have equally tepid reactions since the Super Mario Bros. film set this combination on a downward spiral that has yet to change for most viewers. The Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation films currently have a 33 percent and three percent rating, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes.
In the meantime, Mortal Kombat X has company amongst its brethren coming to either movie or television format. Hitman and Assassin’s Creed, though both recently displaced, have been mostly confirmed for 2015 releases while Angry Birds will be flocking to theaters sometime in 2016. Perhaps the most straight-forward concept to ever be spun into a movie idea, Tetris is also receiving a theater trip with the minds of Threshold Entertainment, those behind Mortal Kombat’s own movie debut, promising a science-fiction adventure and not “giving feet to geometric shapes.” The Mortal Kombat X series will join the rest of these franchises in disproving the stigma that all game adaptations are simply waiting to fail at the ratings and box office gates.
By Myles Gann