More details regarding the highly-anticipated tenth installment of the Mortal Kombat series dropped this weekend at the PlayStation Experience event, including a window for the next big announcement.
Mortal Kombat is coming to the next-gen platforms with its tenth- and darkest- chapter yet, Mortal Kombat X. The morbidly slapstick nature of the past games is nowhere to be seen; MKX is going for a much darker, grotesque take on the series, including some of the most brutal Fatalities yet. Set decades after the Mortal Kombat 9 “retcon“, Mortal Kombat X includes several new characters, new appearances for iconic fighters, and a plethora of new and returning gameplay mechanics; each character has three separate fighting styles and move sets to choose from before each match; each stage includes hazards that certain characters can utilize, akin to Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Along with The Game Awards and the Intel Extreme Masters San Jose event, Sony’s PlayStation Experience event was held this weekend in Los Angeles, CA. The event primarily focused on new reveals and updates for Sony’s latest console, the PS4. During the event, a Q&A panel and several fan interviews were held with Netherrealm Studios representatives. During the event, it was revealed that the humiliation finisher “Babalities” will not be present in Mortal Kombat X, as it clashes with the overall tone of the new game. Where past games featured “day” and “night” versions of some stages, MKX will feature a dynamic night-and-day cycle in some arenas.
The Character Select screen shown in each gameplay video includes 24 character slots; the Character Select screen shown will not be the final version, as the developers will be creating as many characters as possible up until the official release; while specifics were not confirmed, Netherrealm has working builds for several “classic” characters. Given that Mortal Kombat X is a chronological sequel to MK9, many of the fallen allies in MK9‘s Story Mode will appear as Quan Chi’s resurrected warriors. The multi-arm warrior Goro has been confirmed to be playable, and will receive his own trailer sometime in the near future.
An enhanced version of the online King of the Hill mode will be present, along with several new online multiplayer modes.
While no character announcements are scheduled for the rest of December, several big announcements for MKX are planned for January and February. Mortal Kombat X will release on 4/14 for PC, 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.
Sources: The Kombat Tether/BrustPoetProductions, Maximillian_Dood
Image courtesy of Netherrealm Studios