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  • BlackSite: Area 51 trademark filed by Warner Bros

    BlackSite: Area 51 is suddenly back on the radar thanks to a mysterious new trademark filing.

  • Former Midway exec feels firms need to kill and greenlight projects faster to avoid THQ’s fate

    Former Midway Games VP of business development and licensing, Lee Jacobson, has said companies should be quicker when it comes to greenlighting or killing projects in order avoid sharing Midway and THQ’s fate.

  • Report – New Line Cinema making film adaptation of arcade classic Rampage

    The Hollywood Reporter has word that New Line Cinema has put “into development” an adaptation of the 80′s arcade game, Rampage.

  • Phosphor Games’ Awakened is based on Midway’s canned open-world game Hero

    With Midway Chicago being sold to Warner, the team behind the open-world action game Hero lost all assets, code, art and everything else pertaining to it in the process. So, when the remnants of that team went on to form Phosphor Games, it decided to continue work on the game in the form of Awakening, […]

  • A couple videos surface for Midway’s canned Hero game

    A couple of videos for Midway’s canceled action game, Hero, have surfaced.

  • Midway’s canned Day to Night shown off in art form

    Following on from the revealing of a piece of art from Hero, a Midway title canned when the company was sold off, images a horror known as Day to Night have emerged, showing yet another binned project from the doomed publisher.

  • Midway’s canned Hero turns up on ex-staffer’s site

    The ghosts of what might have been are rattling their chains at Midway. A single piece of concept art for the ill-fated Hero has surfaced, revealing a lone protagonist amidst a devastated metropolis.

  • New tournament Galaga world record set

    According to Examiner, a new tournament world record hi-score for Galaga was set over the New Year weekend.

  • Rumor: Surreal’s This is Vegas canned by Warner Bros.

    Looks like Surreal Software’s This is Vegas may have been canceled after Warner purchased the firm from Midway, if sources close to the developer are correct.

  • Midway liquidation plan approved

    A US court has approved plans to liquidate Midway following an IP sale to Warner last year.

  • Warner trademarks Netherrealm Studios

    Warner Bros. has filed three trademarks for Netherrealm Studios, which if you have played any of the Mortal Kombat games, the name should be very familiar to you.

  • Midway Arcade titles vanish from XBL Marketplace [Update]

    Update: Well, that didn’t take long. The Major has tweeted that the Midway titles being pulled from XBL Marketplace can be directly attributed to “publisher evolving rights and permissions”. Don’t worry though, he says that if you purchased one of the deleted games in the past, you will be able to re-download it again.

  • Ex-Midway producer says sometimes multiplayer’s forced by execs

    According to ex-Midway producer John Vignocchi, sometimes it’s not the developers who want to toss in a bit of multiplayer in games, but the executives who run the joint demanding it be part of the finished product. Speaking during a Giant Bombcast last month, Vignocchi used Stranglehold as an example and cited the team’s multiplayer […]

  • Midway Europe now known as Tradewest Games

    Midway Europe head Martin Spiess has bought out the management division of his former employer and will now run the company as Tradewest Games, which published games Double Dragon and Ikari Warriors in the eighties and nineties. Enfolding the UK and French offices into one, Spiess plans on staying in the publishing business. “We are […]

  • Midway France and UK branches sold for 86 pence

    A filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed that Midway’s managing director for Europe, Martin Spiess, has purchased Midway’s France and UK offices for €1/86 pence. Midway UK and France are now owned by Spiess Media Holding UG and Midway’s European teams now have 90 days to sell the rest of the […]

  • New Mortal Kombat looking to dominate the online arena

    According to a recent job listing, WB Games Chicago wants the next Mortal Kombat to be the “golden standard for network play.” “WB Games Inc. seeks a Senior Software Engineer, Network to help us implement cutting-edge online features to ensure the Mortal Kombat franchise is an industry leader in online functionality. We are looking to […]

  • THQ purchases Midway San Diego, German, French studios also sold

    An SEC filing indicates that Midway’s San Diego studio has been sold to THQ, and its French and German divisions to holding companies formed by their heads, resulting in what is “effectively a management buyout for each regional distribution area.” According to a report from Gamasuta, THQ will offer employment to at least 40 of […]

  • Ex-Midway Newcastle employee talks studio closure

    An ex-Midway Newcastle GUI artist named Steven Pick has detailed the studio’s closure over on his personal blog, stating that work was going on as usual before the doors officially shut. Pick details how Necessary Force was still being pitched to publishers right up to the last day in hopes of saving it,stating that the […]

  • This is Vegas not canceled after all

    This is Vegas canned? Not a chance, says Warner Bros. “This is Vegas has not been cancelled,” a WB spokesperson told G4. “The game is currently in production.” And so, like the nightlife vampires it depicts, This is Vegas is not so easily killed. The wet T-shirted dream lives on, for better or for worse.

  • Midway’s This is Vegas probably canceled

    According to a report on Action Trip, Midway’s glitz, glamor, and sleaze simulator This is Vegas has probably been canned. Apparently, GameStop has informed preorderers that the game won’t be making it into their surprisingly eager hands, so that’s probably that. The cancellation can most likely be attributed to Midway’s recent sale to Warner Bros. […]

  • Warner promotes Jeff Junge to senior VP of business management

    Warner has promoted Jeff Junge to senior VP of business management in wake of its acquisition of Midway Games. “Jeff is a tremendous asset to the studio and has been a key contributor to the success of many of the company’s major initiatives,” said Warner Home Entertainment president Kevin Tsujihara. “He is a strategic thinker, […]

  • Midway’s Mark Cook joins THQ as marketing manager for UK and Europe

    THQ has hired former Midway exec Mark Cook as its new marketing manager for UK and Europe and plans to start marketing titles earlier as a new global strategy. Cook will be in charge of marketing for Darksiders: Wrath of War, where he will spearhead the seven-month marketing campaign leading up to the January release […]

  • Mortal Kombat team becomes WB Games Chicago

    After being plucked from financial quicksand by Warner Bros., Midway’s been having a bit of an identity crisis. Now though, it seems the drama’s done and over, because according to superannuation, a very crucial piece of Midway has been rebranded. The gist of it is that two former Midway employees — who are now with […]

  • Hidden Mortal Kombat ‘Kourt’ unearthered in NBA Jam

    Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon has revealed images of a hidden Mortal Kombat themed basketball ‘kourt’ (Kombat – Kourt – gettit?!) via twitter that was going to be unlockable in NBA Jam and until the man himself said no. It’s got fire around it and skulls and everything. It’s totally awesome. We’re gutted he decided […]

  • 20% of Midway staff given two month’s notice

    20 per cent of troubled company Midway’s staff have been given two month’s notice, reports Edge. According to the Chicago Tribune, among those to be let go is chief executive Matt Booty. Hard times indeed. Warner recently paid $49m for the Mortal Kombat developer, as was reported last week.

  • Warner ended up paying closer to $49 million for Midway

    The final numbers have come in for Warner’s buyout of Midway Games. The Chicago headquarters laid-off 60 workers with the last day being September 13, which will not affect the development studio or its 100 plus employees or Ed Boon who were included in the buyout. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commissio accounts […]

  • Midway Newcastle has closed its doors

    Midway Newcastle has closed its doors, according to an online CV posted by a former staffer. “Yeah, it looks like this is the end for Midway Newcastle,” the staffer replied to commentary. “The last chance that a lot of guys thought would come through, and were waiting on the outcome of, didn’t end up coming […]

  • Midway label still up in the air with Warner acquisition

    Warner Bros officially owns Midway, along with  Mortal Kombat, This Is Vegas and Midway trademarks, which has led some to question whether the Midway brand will continue to exist. “Midway Games Inc. still exists, and the Midway trademark and games such as Mortal Kombat and This is Vegas and most of the IP library are […]

  • Third Mortal Kombat film to shoot in September, says actor

    This SGVTribune article claims that a third Mortal Kombat film is to begin shooting in September. Chris Casamassa, a karate teacher that play Scorpion in the movies, has apparently let the cat out of the bag in an interview with the organ. Best news ever. Kinda. Via FirstShowing and Destructoid.

  • DLC for Mortal Kombat vs. DC canned

    Ed Boon has confirmed via Twitter that Midway will not release the planned DLC for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Two characters were planned to be released as DLC for the brawler, but now it seems likely to never happen. Boon posted an image of Quan Chi on Twitter and stated that while he’s excited […]