Warner Bros.’ games division is slowly pacing itself for a stellar 2015, between such forthcoming hits as Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight and Mad Max. Today, it announced two new promotions that are sure to get gamers excited – and rake in dollars for its highly-regarded franchises at the same time.
First up, as reported by MCV UK, the publisher will kick off three major pro tournaments in alignment with the forthcoming launch of Mortal Kombat X, the latest in the bloody brawling franchise. The publisher recently introduced its Mortal Kombat Worldwide Competitive Program, which will host the tournaments. Players will be able to compete across the globe for cash and other prizes, using their favorite characters from the Kombat series.
The campaign kicks off on April 19, as Xbox One owners in North America and Europe can compete in the Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League Tournament’s weekly competitions. From there, 16 finalists will emerge, and battle in the grand finals in Los Angeles on July 11.
The Mortal Kombat Cup will also offer plenty of competition over the summer, with finalists competing in the Japan Expo in Paris on July 5th. Finally, the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament kicks off April 11, with tickets being offered through NetherRealm’s Twitch channel, where highlights of Mortal Kombat X were recently shown.
“NetherRealm Studios is a huge supporter of the pro fighting game scene and to be able to work with ESL on the Pro League Tournament allows us to take the Mortal Kombat X competition beyond what we’ve ever done before,” series co-creator Ed Boon said. “We’ve seen some incredible match-ups in the past and we can’t wait to see what this next level of competition brings.”
Mortal Kombat X arrives in stores and on the digital marketplace on April 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will arrive over the summer.
Meanwhile, for those that aren’t so heavily into Kombat – or simply just want to be Batman – WB Games has an offer for them as well. The publisher has announced a joint partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment America to introduce a limited edition Batman Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 bundle, which will be available on June 23, the same day the game releases.
For $449.99, users can buy the limited edition Batman system, which comes with a grey-colored system and similarly colored controller, as well as a copy of Arkham Knight for play. A regular bundle featuring Arkham Knight will be on sale as well, with a regularly-colored system, for $399.99.
The item is sure to be a collector’s item amongst Batman fans, and Sony has already launched pre-orders for the system, for those that are interested.
WB Games is having a killer year – and it’s not even summer yet.