Mortal Kombat screenshot
Mortal Kombat screenshot

The new Mortal Kombat from Warner's NetherRealm Studios will offer more gameplay depth than any previous game in the franchise, co-creator and creative director Ed Boon has said.

"This is the first Mortal Kombat game where we are consciously putting in features for the hardcore/tournament fighters and we have some amazing fighting game 'experts' playing our game and giving us constant feedback," Boon told Shack News. "At the same time we want the game to be accessible for all Mortal Kombat players, so there is something for all types of fans. It's important for us that anyone can pick up the controller and have fun right away."

Boon added: "This version of Mortal Kombat has more depth in terms of gameplay than the previous games. We've put in a lot of thought on how to make this game accessible to the casual gamer and at the same time add enough depth that it keeps the more advanced players challenged. One way we've done that is to create more distinctive characters with more unique move sets and fighting styles."

Some characters are more skilled fighting up close to their opponent, while others are better utilised by keeping a distance. Additionally, Boon says the development team has introduced "short windows of opportunity" in which advanced players can enhance, modify, or interrupt their moves.

Mortal Kombat is scheduled for release in 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Analysis

Gaining acceptance from hardcore fighting game players won't be an easy task, but Boon and his team appear to be making a real effort to make it happen. The ultimate dream for the title would be for it to be included in a future Evo Championship Series event, something which would give the title and franchise a huge credibility boost.

However, such approval won't guarantee success. You only have to look at Tatsunoko vs Capcom for proof that hardcore backing doesn't directly translate to strong sales.

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reynoldio@ clangod

What a game Clan! I loved that, very intricate.

Looking forward to this too, but not getting my hopes up. If it is rejuvenated in a SSFIV kinda way then brilliant but like others I reckon it might just end up more of the same.

Fingers crossed though eh, imagine if it's great! What a game it could be...
Posted 08:23 on 28 October 2010
clangod's Avatar


I've always liked MK. That is, as much as I've liked any fighting game over the last 20 or so years. I tend not to play them these days (with the exception of Fight Night Round 4) as they are all "samey" to me and I get bored of them very quickly.
Show Spoiler Bushido Blade was one that never got the recognition it deserved, nor the attempt at a re-hash.

Never the less, I'm interested to see how it all pans out.
Posted 01:02 on 28 October 2010
Bloodstorm's Avatar


I actually cannot wait, i've been a big MK fan since the days of the megadrive when my mum and dad used to go at it, she was Sonya, dad was Scorpion, made really good saturdays when i was 7 or8.
Posted 00:48 on 28 October 2010
Woffls's Avatar


I swear they said this about the last one. To be honest I think their best move would be to make it brutally violent to get some publicity and piss some people off. At least then some 13 year olds will want to play it to rip their friends limbs off. Mortal Kombat has never been a good fighting game, so I don't know what they're hoping to achieve, or how they expect to get sales out of it.

Mortal Kombat happens to be in a unique position of the series having an inherent marketable value. It might be predicated on selling violence to people, but that's how free market economy works.
Posted 23:35 on 27 October 2010
Wido's Avatar


I seriously cannot wait to play this game.
Posted 22:49 on 27 October 2010

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Release Date: 21/04/2011
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Beat 'em Up
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 18+
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