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  • Why is Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe considered the eighth game in the Mortal Kombat franchise when it is a non-canonical crossover featuring characters from DC Comics? This is like saying that the Marvel vs Capcom games are Street Fighter games because they borrow gameplay and other assets common to Street Fighter games, and are developed by Capcom.

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    • Maybe because it is an actual fighting game that is not an update or a port of any other fighting games in the series?

      To be honest, I don't really know either. Just throwing my guess.

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    • From my own knowledge, it stems from how MK 2011, was referred to as MK9 by Ed Boon a few times when asked about what fans should call it, and the game prior to that was MK vs DCU, while not a canon game it's still the 8th main game in some context. 

      And obviously how MKX is referred to the tenth, with X being the Roman numeral for 10.

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    • Riley Heligo wrote:
      From my own knowledge, it stems from how MK 2011, was referred to as MK9 by Ed Boon a few times when asked about what fans should call it, and the game prior to that was MK vs DCU, while not a canon game it's still the 8th main game in some context. 

      And obviously how MKX is referred to the tenth, with X being the Roman numeral for 10.

      Then he would probably ask why MK 2011 is considered MK9 and not MK8.

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    • Not really, no. MK vs DCU before it became it was fully intended to be an actual MK game, but due to budget dropping and how interest in MK was waining due to the lackluster reception of the previous games it was more of a desperate move to try and get more money to actually make a proper MK game. 

      Ed's at least acknowledged it being called MK9 but Ed being Ed replied in his own typical way; https://twitter.com/noobde/status/357597327248211968

      And MKX is obviously the 10th main game, hence the use of X being the numeral for 10, MK 2011 obviously before that is the 9th, the only other major release before that was MK vs DCU, I get the confusion behind it as it's not a canon game. But it's an odd subject to tell you the truth.

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    • I see what you're both saying. Before it's development Ed Boon was working on making a "Mortal Kombat 8" (the basis of what would later become Mortal Kombat 2011) until a deal was made with Warner Brothers to develop Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.

      https://www.engadget.com/2007/02/05/mortal-kombat-8-inspired-by-gears-of-war-using-unreal-engine-3/

      https://kotaku.com/5026290/ed-boon-we-scrapped-mortal-kombat-8

      In effect MKvsDCU became the eighth game, because many fans wanted it to be, given it's break from the three fighting style 3D gameplay of previous entries, and it's depiction of characters in their prime, like a living Liu Kang and a Raiden that hadn't been corrupted.

      Although I still find it odd to consider a non-canonical game in the Mortal Kombat franchise a principal entry rather than just a spin-off or crossover. I guess that was a mistake on the part of Ed Boon when he decided to call the reboot to his franchise the "ninth" game, and stick to that numbering system with it's sequel, Mortal Kombat X.

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