Warner Bros. buys Mortal Kombat, other Midway Games assets

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Warner Bros. buys <i>Mortal Kombat</i>, other Midway Games assets

Warners Bros. Entertainment has paid $33 million for most of the assets of bankrupt video-game publisher Midway Games, including Mortal Kombat, Joust and Spy Hunter.

Midway and Warner Bros. worked together on 2008’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which sold more than 2 million units.

The Chicago Tribune reports a federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware approved the sale on Wednesday after no other bidders emerged. Warner Bros. made its offer in late May, some two months after Midway filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Warner Bros. chose not to purchase two of Midway’s development studios, in San Diego and Newcastle, England. Variety reports they will close within two months if no buyers step forward.

The trade paper notes the purchase, of course, means we should expect a sequel to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe in the near future. And can a bevy of Wildstorm comic-book adaptations be far behind?