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Court clears the way for Warner Bros. to buy Midway Games

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, July 2, 2009

The path has been cleared for Warner Bros. Entertainment to buy up near all of the assets of bankrupt Midway Games, creator of the Mortal Kombat game franchise. Warners submitted a $33 million dollar bid to gobble up the majority of Midway's intellectual properties like the aforementioned gory fighting game as well as the new Wheelman game, the old arcade classics JoustDefender and Spy Hunter and many others. Even at $33 million bucks, Warners got fire sale prices on these IPs.

What it means is that Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, the gaming side of WB corporate, will be able to make any future Mortal Kombats, Spy Hunters or anything else that Midway had. You're likely to see a sequel to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, the last title in the MK franchise. The gobbling of Midway also likely means that if there's to be any future Mortal Kombat films they will likely be through WB's film division. There's a Spy Hunter film stuck in development hell at Universal and a Joust film that was in development a year ago; how this latest development will effect those film projects remains to be seen.

The producer of the two Mortal Kombat pics, Larry Kasanoff, had asked the court to consider that his involvement with the MK franchise was the biggest influence in the IP. The judge dismissed Kasanoff's motion along with a separate filing by Tigon Studios, the video game developer that Vin Diesel owns and that made the Wheelman game.

While Warner Bros. Interactive hasn't stated any plans for the titles that they just purchased don't expect that to last long. They've been aggressively expanding their line-up and gaming presence such as buying Traveler's Tales, the company that made the Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman games and announcing a Lego Harry Potter game for next year.

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