‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Game Planned To Coincide With Film … Please, No [Op-Ed]

A Mortal Kombat movie game is being planned to coincide with the new film. Say it isn’t so.

You know the routine in these scenarios. Nine times out of ten, when a movie is planned to release alongside a video game, the tie-in either way is usually critic fodder at best. Movies based on video games, and vice versa, usually never turn out well as previously reported by The Inquisitr.

Do you remember that disaster of a movie called Street Fighter starring Jean-Claude Van Damme? It is considered one of the most notoriously bad movies ever based on a video game of all time. If that wasn’t enough, they actually decided to copy Mortal Kombat and make a game based on the movie using digitized images of the actual actors. It was playable, but most gamers prefer to just forget it even existed, much like the movie it was based on.

The Mortal Kombat movie game looks like it could be the same thing all over again. Not only do we still remember the last time a fighting game was used like this, but there was a reboot to the original game series for a reason.

Lance Sloane, producer of web series Mortal Kombat Legacy, announced plans for a new movie at San Diego Comic-Con. He plans to sync the release of the movie with a yet-unannounced game, “It’s just figuring out the business side of it and when we would do it and when we would launch it and how do we sync up with the launch of the game that they’re working on now. It’s not 100 [percent] yet, but we’re getting closer every day.”

For the sake of the fans, I only hope they take their time and make sure it’s worth watching and playing before they release the two projects. Video games based on movies have an even worse history than the opposite, as the games are usually rushed to cash in on the film and just end up flooding the bargain bins. That is not good for the gaming industry.

Please, whoever is in charge of these projects, either stop now or make sure you get it right. Bad games, especially the ones tied in with movies, are one of the biggest reasons for the industry-wide skepticism involved with new releases. Do the Mortal Kombat movie game right or don’t do it at all.

What do you think of the Mortal Kombat movie game being planned to coincide with the film’s release?