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