Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition removed from Steam

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NetherRealm's 2011 reboot of Mortal Kombat (opens in new tab) was initially console-exclusive, released a couple of years later on Steam as Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition with added DLC including Kratos from God of War and Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies as playable characters. And now, it's vanished from Steam with no explanation.

Fans have theorized this may be due to international rights to Freddy Krueger reverting from Warner Bros. (Mortal Kombat's publisher) to the estate of Wes Craven (who wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street). There are plenty of other reasons games have been removed from Steam (opens in new tab), however, including expired music rights and rereleases and remasterings of the games in question.

It's not the first time a Mortal Kombat game has been abruptly removed from Steam. The Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection was pulled in 2015 after the death of Games For Windows Live, which it relied on.

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Jody Macgregor
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Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.