Twenty-five Years of Mortal Kombat
Last week we celebrated Cartoon Network's 25th birthday, but in all the hooplah, another big milestone flew by with ninjaesque speed and skill. And we're frankly suprised it didn't kick us in the face.
That's right, friends. Mortal Kombat celebrated its own 25th anniversary, and fans were treated to a veritable cornucopia of goodies as part of the festivities.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios celebrated the anniversary with a variety of in-game activities and events to mark to occasion.
Players of Mortal Kombat X, Injustice 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us and WWE Immortals for mobile devices found in-game content—created specifically for the anniversary—featuring Raiden, Shao Kahn the Konqueror and Scorpion, among other Mortal Kombat characters.
During this weekend’s New York Comic Con, attendees were invited to catch the "Celebrate 25 Years of 'Mortal Kombat'" panel (photos below) with Ed Boon, John Tobias, Dan Forden and John Vogel, the team that developed the first Mortal Kombat game. Moderated by videogame journalist Geoff Keighley, the panel discussed the early days of the franchise, the evolution of the brand and the series’ lasting impact on the games industry and pop culture.
In the world of Mortal Kombat, not much lasts twenty-five minutes, let alone twenty-five years, so some celebration is in order.
Happy Anniversary, Mortal Kombat!