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New Mortal Kombat gets over here in 2011

June 10, 2010

The fighting game genre is back.

No, it’s not because Street Fighter IV kind of revived it, and it’s definitely not the fact people are buying Super Street Fighter IV as a standalone title, even though it should’ve just been released as DLC. It’s actually because there’s a new Mortal Kombat on the way.

Warner Bros. announced the gory fighter will be on shelves some time in 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and that it’ll be “the most brutal installment of the landmark fighting game to date.” Kind of strange, because I thought it’d be the second most brutal, especially after having to brutally suffer from playing Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (zing!).

It’s being developed by NetherRealm Studios, which is the new name of the Midway studio that previously worked on Mortal Kombat games. The title’s development is also led by Ed Boon, Mortal Kombat‘s creator and original creative director. Here’s what Warner Bros. is promising for the upcoming Mortal Kombat:

  • An all-new graphics engine.
  • More gory fatalities than ever before.
  • Tag-team mode
  • A “deep” story mode
  • Co-op arcade mode
  • The most extensive online experience ever seen in a fighting game

It sounds like their setting themselves up with some pretty big shoes to fill. Most extensive online experience? A “deep” story? We’ll just have to wait and see in 2011 if NetherRealm can pull these things off. Be sure to check out the trailer above for some gameplay and make your own first judgement of the game.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2010 4:37 pm

    It looks kinda cheesy.. it’ll never hold a candle to when MK and MK II came out. Even MK III coming out was big news.. now it’s just.. boring to watch, honestly. This isn’t 97, no one cares about this franchise any longer.

    MK 4 for n64.. terrible.. the aforementioned MK vs D.C. was brutal, (zing!) and I think this will be another miss.

  2. Jonathan Davila permalink*
    June 15, 2010 4:57 pm

    I’ll admit Mortal Kombat has gone way downhill — but it was never that great to begin with. Admit it — you loved it as a kid because it was the goriest thing you could find, and it’ll still have that fun factor. But I wouldn’t ever look to MK for a deep fighting experience.

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