Speaking in a conference call to investors, Midway boss David Zucker has confirmed that a new title in the Mortal Kombat franchise is to be released this year.

"...our focus really is not so much on the number of games as it is on creating games that are going to breakthrough and doing a better job of that historically," said Zucker. "Games like This Is Vegas and of course you got Mortal Kombat game this year and others that we think have potential to give us higher unit numbers."

MCV notes that very little info is known. Ed Boon, creator of the Mortal Kombat series, has previously confirmed the eighth game is being built using the Unreal Engine 3 technology, suggesting a release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

We're hoping to hear much more on the game at Midway's showcase event next month.