Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is Released

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, originally known as Mortal Kombat V: Vengeance, is a fighting game developed and produced by Midway.

It is chronologically the fifth in the Mortal Kombat series. Deadly Alliance was released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance on November 20, 2002. Deadly Alliance is notable for being the first game in the series that does not feature Liu Kang as a playable character. Also, it is the only MK game, to date, not to have stage fatalities. It is also the last game to feature both Scorpion and Sub Zero in their unmasked forms. Deadly Alliance was the first all-new Mortal Kombat fighting game produced exclusively for home consoles, with no preceding arcade release. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance won the Best Brawl at G-Phoria.

Midway shocked fans by opening the game with the death of Liu Kang, once thought to be the main character of the series. It upset quite a few, but it was a wake up call that this was not the same old Kombat. When Deadly Alliance was released in November of 2002, it instantly won over critics and fans alike, earning the best reviews of the series since Mortal Kombat II, and moving a million copies within 6 weeks. Deadly Alliance would eventually go on to more than double that figure. Mortal Kombat was back.