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Mortal Kombat Going Next-gen, BlackSite PS3 Delayed

At its financial call, Midway revealed plans for two “ambitious open world games” and to debut Mortal Kombat and Blitz on “next generation” hardware.

“Looking ahead to 2008, with our core technology platform now in place, we expect to release a number of titles,” said company CEO David Zucker. “We also expect to release several as-yet unannounced titles such as next generation versions of our hit franchises Blitz and Mortal Kombat, and two exciting new ambitious open world games. We intend to give more details on our 2008 release schedule in the near future.”

Additionally, the company announced that the PS3 version of BlackSite: Area 51 has been delayed. No reason was given, however, it’s a slight delay as the PS3 version will ship approximately three weeks after the PC and Xbox 360 versions hit stores on November 5.

Interestingly, at the conference, Zucker said that the company expects to sell 1.5 million copies of John Woo’s Stranglehold, which hit PC and Xbox 360 recently, with a PS3 version on the way. The game was powered by Unreal Engine 3, which Midway developed toolsets around that has given its internal studios a “solid foundation” going forward, said Zucker.

Midway: BlackSite and Wheelman Delayed

At its earnings conference call, Midway CEO David Zucker revealed delays for two of its upcoming titles. First up is BlackSite: Area 51, the forthcoming sequel for the alien-shooter. Previously set for release this September, the game will now be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 October 26 in Europe and November 5 in North America.

The Wheelman is the other game to receive a delay. Based on a movie of the same name featuring Vin Diesel, the game has now been pushed back to Q1 or Q2 2008. “We’ll be shifting our release of The Wheelman starring Vin Diesel for the first half of 2008 to give our development team more time to turn this ultimate car chase game into what we expect will be a broad impact top notch title,” Zucker said. The game was initially pegged for release later this year.

Midway Boss Supports PS3

Sony has recently been under a lot of fire for its tactics with the PS3: high price and the inclusion of Blu-ray technology. However, the company is not without its supporters – Midway boss David Zucker, in a video interview to Eurogamer, has reinforced his support for the company, dismissing fears that the high price tag on the PS3 will discourage potential buyers.

“There’s a lot in the PlayStation 3; think about the fact that you get Blu-ray, the next-generational leap in DVD – you get a Blu-ray player in the machine,” he said, adding that the price of the console will lower through its life cycle. When asked about the important of next-gen DVDs, he said: “…if PlayStation 3 is huge, the gamer helping to drive that, that’s going to have a big impact in helping Blu-ray DVD technology. It’s going to work both ways.”

The rest of the interview has Zucker talking about the “dramatic turnaround in product quality” Midway has achieved, the company’s global ambitions and other related topics.