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GameSpy shutdown won’t affect Mortal Kombat online multiplayer

5/10/14 1:00pm

Mortal Kombat will keep all of its online features despite GameSpy, the provider of the game’s online functionality, shutting down.

According to NetherRealm Studios head Ed Boon, MK will be just fine.

“Yes!” Boon tweeted to a worried fan. “[Mortal Kombat] will continue to run online.”

Boon didn’t state how the game would continue to function online, but fans would likely welcome any change to online functionality. Despite its reputation as a solid fighting title and it winning several 2011 awards for Fighting Game of the Year, the game’s online presence is littered with glitches and connectivity problems that plague all versions of the game.

GameSpy Technology, a company that provides multiplayer functionality for many PC, console and mobile games, announced it would cease operations May 31 and will no longer provide online capabilities for any games. It provided middleware for online functionality, but it stopped licensing its service on Jan. 1, 2013.

Mortal Kombat -- or Mortal Kombat 9 if you're following releases -- was released in 2011 and rebooted the series' story. It was also considered a return to the series' brutal, bloody roots.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland recently said he did voice work for an upcoming Mortal Kombat game. He didn't say what character he voiced or the significance of his role.

Though no one would officially confirm whether Sutherland was correct, Boon playfully took advantage of the situation through his Twitter feed.

“There are 24 reasons why I’m glad to be arriving home today,” Boon tweeted , a tongue-in-cheek reference to Sutherland’s TV series 24.
“I’m so glad I have friends who will Stand By Me,” Boon tweeted shortly after the 24 reference, a reference to Sutherland’s 1986 film Stand By Me.

Despite the next Mortal Kombat being highly anticipated, no information concerning a new game has surfaced.

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