Mortal Kombat dev renamed WB Games Chicago?

Source: Gaming site Superannuation spotted a number of updated user profiles on professional networking site LinkedIn suggesting that Midway Games' Chicago outfit has been renamed WB Games Chicago.What we heard: With Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment acquiring most of the assets of the bankrupt...

Source: Gaming site Superannuation spotted a number of updated user profiles on professional networking site LinkedIn suggesting that Midway Games' Chicago outfit has been renamed WB Games Chicago.

What we heard: With Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment acquiring most of the assets of the bankrupt Midway Games, it was clear changes were in the offing. Indeed, they came quickly, with Midway's Newcastle studio shut down the week after the acquisition and employees at its San Diego shop and Chicago headquarters all given 60 days' notice.

With the still-indepdent Midway winding down operations, the fate of its main internal studio--which was bought outright by Warner Bros., building and all--is coming into focus. The Superannuation report links three different LinkedIn profiles one reportedly stating "I work at WB Games Chicago (used to be Midway Games Chicago) on the Mortal Kombat team," and another listing the job title, "Head of WB Games Chicago." As of press time, the profile linked to the former quote did not exist on the site, while the job title of the latter profile was listed as "Head of a Game studio in Chicago at WB Games Inc."

However, the third profile linked, that of a WB Games recruiter and former Midway project manager, continued to reference a WB Games Chicago. One of the recruiter's current employers was listed as WB Games Inc., with the additional clarification that, "The WB Games family of studios includes Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, Surreal Software and WB Games Chicago."

The official story: A representative with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had not returned requests for comment as of press time, and attempts to contact the studio directly were unsuccessful.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. A rebranding is likely imminent, but the apparent changes to those profiles and the lack of any comment suggest WBIE doesn't want them known about yet. Whether that's because the name isn't finalized or the publisher would rather make a major press event out of any change is uncertain.

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28 comments
I_GOT_YO_ASS
I_GOT_YO_ASS

well i just hope they dont Fu k this game up this time putting those lame as.s fatalities in there and lame characters...heres a tip put aleast 50 or so characters that u can use on the game and go all out with the fatalites dont be a wimp.....if i had the money to buy out the company i would and show yall how its done....

Cheinei
Cheinei

We dont care. We will continue to call it Midway. We're all happy as long as they keep doing Mortal Kombat.

BlackPhoenix117
BlackPhoenix117

I don't give a s*** about the name as long as the game is the same fun, violent game I know and love.

Derek494
Derek494

the only thing i can say midway has done right is mortal kombat..mk vs dc obviously had to be aimed at a younger audience. keep making those games since their a good market for younger players if you have the parents who dont allow that much violence, but at the same time keep the old mk going strong. i think in my opinion they should both be a seperate series..yeah more work but the pure mk fans want mk not an mk vs dc since it brings down the violence, and the hole tone of mortal kombat itself. like marvel vs capcom is a bit easier to work with for example since niether portray massive amounts of violence so its easier to blend them in..where as mk fans want bloody mk you and you cant tie in massive amounts of violence with superhereos since its aimed at children n blah blah. and i want mk real mk and i hate waiting 2 years for a new one..i unno i just think it would be a bit better if ed boon worked on straight mk mostly and only influenced a bit of the mk vs dc series..make them seperate from one another to some degree if you know what i mean

RaikirBLaZE
RaikirBLaZE

All we care about is Mortal Kombat 9 done RIGHT! Meaning 2D on 2D or 3D on 2D.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

I don't care about the name. As long as the next Mortal Kombat has the same shallow, gimmick-based gameplay, I'll be...indifferent.

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

I'll still call it Midway. God knows I don't call the Sears Tower the "Willis Tower" just because it's new owners decided to half ass it's name.

falconclan
falconclan

otanikun Both the games you listed were made by Namco, not Midway. Midway hasn't made memorable games since the 80's and 90's, MK, Rampage, San Francisco Rush, all classics, but the good ones were all made long ago. Hopefully this is a change in more than name alone. MK vs DC wasn't bad, but thats one game that I can think of over the course of 10 years or more that Midway has done right.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Midway dug there own grave by releasing half-assed games !

dortega120
dortega120

Eh I dont care. As long as Mortal Kombat is still standing, then ill be happy.

NuKkU
NuKkU

who cares if they change the name

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

That's like dancing over old school midway's grave, now they're going to be forgoten by time.

SparkyProtocol
SparkyProtocol

I don't see a problem here. WB isn't Activision so I am assuming that the next Mortal Kombat will be as good as the lead dev was saying

lanmanna
lanmanna

@73X Excuse me? Have you not ever played the genius, but fun, Hydro Thunder and the Cruis'n Rush, Blitz, and Rampage series? Ok, they weren't exactly "genius", but they were a heck of a lot of fun and brings back great memories for a lot of people. I agree about WB games being lame though, until Scribblenauts comes out. That looks awesome.

pakhair
pakhair

WB isn't the best company out there, We can hope that former Midway games improve under WB.......... Name Change is no big deal BTW..........

73X
73X

While I agree with scarface_dm that any game published by Midway sucked, WB isn't all that much better, in my opinion.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Changing the name was a smart move ,in my opinion ever time I saw a game published by the name Midway it turned out to suck monkey balls !

punanisher
punanisher

Bad idea WB. Haven't your marketing folks ever seen Tommy Boy? Zalinsky wanted to buy Callahan Autoparts for the name recognition alone. Name recognition doesn't mean a lot in terms of product, but it very well could in terms of sales.

Diernes
Diernes

VankmanPhd you are right, The last Mortal Kombat game that was any good at all was Mk3 Ultimate. (Personally I prefer mk2) maybe this change will give them a shot in the arm, but I doubt it it will probably get worse. But DOA4? thats a pretty bad example, it is probably the weakest mechanically out of the main 3d fighters. (bar MK) most beginners seems ot do pretty well mashing punch on that one =P

hobotech64
hobotech64

MK is in serious need of a re-haul. A new developer could be the greatest thing to happen to MK.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

oh and one more thing. MORTAL KOMBAT hasn't been cool since the 90s! Dead or alive 4 has proven that fighting games can be much more deep than just punching people randomly.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Actually, OTANIKUN Midway, is just a name. A name that doesn't really mean jack squat to alot of people (including myself) Why? Because IT'S JUST A NAME. But rather than scream and argue, here's a quote. "What's in a name? Does a rose not smell as sweet by any other name?" Yeah, that was Shakespeare.

otanikun
otanikun

Please don't, if they do that spells the end for Mortal Kombat as a whole, that name just sounds terrible WB Games? Midway has been an institution since forever ago, Pac-Man anybody? Galaga? Come on you can not get rid of the Midway name, it means too much to everybody.

acsam12304
acsam12304

WB games? WB interactive entertainment sucks at making games. just grate say good bye to MK

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

WB Games? I hope they don't ruin MK like they ruined Atari.

Polybren
Polybren

Source: Gaming site Superannuation spotted a number of updated user profiles on professional networking site LinkedIn suggesting that Midway Games' Chicago outfit has been renamed WB Games Chicago.

What we heard: With Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment acquiring most of the assets of the bankrupt Midway Games, it was clear changes were in the offing. Indeed, they came quickly, with Midway's Newcastle studio shut down the week after the acquisition and employees at its San Diego shop and Chicago headquarters all given 60 days' notice.

With the still-indepdent Midway winding down operations, the fate of its main internal studio--which was bought outright by Warner Bros., building and all--is coming into focus. The Superannuation report links three different LinkedIn profiles one reportedly stating "I work at WB Games Chicago (used to be Midway Games Chicago) on the Mortal Kombat team," and another listing the job title, "Head of WB Games Chicago." As of press time, the profile linked to the former quote did not exist on the site, while the job title of the latter profile was listed as "Head of a Game studio in Chicago at WB Games Inc."

However, the third profile linked, that of a WB Games recruiter and former Midway project manager, continued to reference a WB Games Chicago. One of the recruiter's current employers was listed as WB Games Inc., with the additional clarification that, "The WB Games family of studios includes Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, Surreal Software and WB Games Chicago."

The official story: A representative with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had not returned requests for comment as of press time, and attempts to contact the studio directly were unsuccessful.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. A rebranding is likely imminent, but the apparent changes to those profiles and the lack of any comment suggest WBIE doesn't want them known about yet. Whether that's because the name isn't finalized or the publisher would rather make a major press event out of any change is uncertain.