Mortal Kombat 4 is Released

Mortal Kombat 4 is the fifth and final arcade game in the Mortal Kombat series of fighting video games.

It was later ported to the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. An updated version titled Mortal Kombat Gold was released a year later exclusively for the Sega Dreamcast. It is one of the few 3D fighting games to have been described as having "2D gameplay," a type of game also known as "2.5D".

While Tobias was heading the Mythologies team, he was also working with Ed Boon on Mortal Kombat 4. By 1997, the use of digitized photos was utterly gauche, and all signs were indicating that it was time for Mortal Kombat to go 3D. Midway had already been testing the waters. A year earlier they released the darkly violent 3D fighter War Gods. Despite being a critical flop and commercially underwhelming, they learned a few lessons, and many members of the War Gods staff would join Boon to work on MK4.