Few video games have the global recognition and appreciation that the Mortal Kombat series has. Since the very first time gamers found themselves able to pluck both the cranium and spinal column from an unfortunate foe back in 1992, the ultra violent and immensely entertaining fighting game has reinvented the genre with no shortage of originality and dark humor.
In 2015, Mortal Kombat X – the tenth main installment in the franchise - was released for PC as well as Xbox One and PS4 consoles. The game’s arrival brought previously unseen levels of brutality before giving way earlier this spring to an upgraded version called Mortal Kombat XL. That upgrade offered a host of new options and characters, like iconic horror movie killers Jason Vorhees, Xenomorph and Leatherface.
Because of its lengthy lifespan and instantly recognizable brand name status, Mortal Kombat has had few problems shifting from one merchandising offshoot to another – with everything from comic books, cartoons, and movies following in its wake. As the summer season kicks off, news of the latest tie-in comes to us via Beerpulse and gives us our first look at Mortal Kombat X inspired beer.
That’s right; Mortal Kombat now has its own limited edition line of craft beers, courtesy of Poulsbo, Washington’s Sound Brewery. The single serve, 22oz bottles come in three different styles of beer, each of which is named after a Mortal Kombat character. “Scorpion” Imperial Stout, with chillies and vanilla bean; “Sub-Zero” Imperial India Pale Ale (IPA) and “Raiden” Imperial Saison all offer something diverse for Mortal Kombat and beer fans alike. Both IPAs and Saisons are thirst quenching, refreshing summer styles, while Imperial Stouts tend to be more of a heartier, wintry drink – though there’s certainly no hard and fast rule on this issue. Each beer’s label features the character for which it’s named, poised and ready for battle.
The arrival of these beers should come as no real surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to the somewhat rampant onslaught of gimmicky craft beers as of late. Warner Bros' willingness to license the Mortal Kombat brand can very much be viewed as yet another way for the franchise to cash in on even more merchandise related to their video game franchise.
But for its part, Mortal Kombat has never shied away from raising its profile – after all, we’re talking about a video game that actively encourages players to disembowel, mutilate, and generally be mean to each other. For this reason, Warner Bros' decision to license the brand to a brewery was a no-brainer. Let’s face it: People love beer and people love Mortal Kombat. Mixing the two together is just a simple way to make a lot of people very happy.