Ed Boon Explains How To Say Mortal Kombat X

It's pronounced "Ex," series creator clarifies; two new characters will be announced at E3.

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Mortal Kombat X was announced on Monday, with a trailer giving us a first look at how it plays. But it didn't tell us how to pronounce the title. Now we know, as series creator Ed Boon says on Twitter (via Siliconera) that the official pronunciation is "Ex," though he expects some people will call it "ten" instead."

Whatever you call, it Mortal Kombat X will launch in 2015 across Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

Since Mortal Kombat X's announcement this week, Boon has kept busy answering fan questions about the game on Twitter. He also revealed that at least two new characters for the game will be announced at E3, alongside new story details, and maybe even a gameplay trailer. E3 kicks off next Monday, June 9, and runs through June 12.

Separately, retailers GameStop and Amazon have posted product pages for Mortal Kombat X, showing off what could be the game's official box art. It's also possible, however, that this is the a non-final version of the game's box art. For more on Mortal Kombat X, check out GameSpot's feature about what you might have missed from the game's debut trailer.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

111 comments
shadowydark
shadowydark

Just call it 10, Ed. Don't go thinking this is Mega Man. Mega Man X got away with it since it started with X and went X2/X3/X4 etc. To go from MK9 to MKX (Ex?) and not 10 would be stupid..like, something Square would do. Don't be Square.

nomailx
nomailx

Finally a Reason to tune to E3 this year! Yeah! GAMES!

meatz666
meatz666

Ed is teaching me how to read stuff.

The guy who writes Kombat and Koins.

:D

lord_lad
lord_lad

So is it the 'Ex'-Box or the 'Cross'-Box or the 'Ten'-box?

Angrypcgamenerd
Angrypcgamenerd

It's the letter X.... So people would be saying "Mortal Kombat X" (meaning not 10). How would that make sense if it was Mortal Kombat 9 (or just Mortal Kombat in 2011)? And besides, it should have been called Mortal Kombat 2 (2015 remake)..... a sequel to MK1.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

They should spell the "X" with a "K" to make it more edgy. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Hell, I called SF x Tekken "Street Fighter EX Tekken"  "Cross?"  Who are they kidding?  + <That is a cross.  X <this is an X.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Duh, I called it.  I KNEW it would be Mortal Kombat X, instead of MK 10.

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

Lets just hope the trash music they chose for the video hasn't destroyed the game

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

All these years I've been saying it "mortal comb-at".  The more you know...

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Thanks for clarifying.  I assumed there was an invisible "SE" before the "X" that was supposed to be pronounced when saying it aloud.  Explains all the weird looks I've been getting... well some of them anyway.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I haven't a clue why what I was going to post went to the "pending" status.  Not one curse, piece of slang, etc.  Too bad, it was the most epic posts ever, of course..

vladric
vladric

 This is an article? 

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

I hope the story of this new MK becomes much better than the story of MK 9.

MK's main weakness is the story and i hope they fix it.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Ed Boon teaching kids to read one letter a time.

Thanks Ed

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

@Angrypcgamenerd The title actually makes sense.  Raiden succeeded in changing history in MK9, so the X could indicate mysteriousness or a variable, since they will have no clue what is coming in the newly altered timeline.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

@DrKill09 I agree, but I think it's just because it originated from Japan. Much like how Street Fighter II has an apostrophe after the "II" in "Street Fighter II' Champion Edition". It was meant to be called out as "dash". But to us, it's just something to ignore.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@ChunkyDrawers "Yo yo yo, fightin, yo yo yo, hoes, yo yo yo"  Ah yes, the perfect music for an epic battle.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@spacecadet25 Probably because they assumed every comment would be calling Eddie a giant @*%$nut for posting this drivel? Still at least I know how to say x now...oh, my handbasket to take me to hell has arrived, excuse me.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@spacecadet25 Thats GS for ya. Half the time I either get pending icon or you're trying to post Malform information.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

@spacecadet25 Maybe when you typed "ED" it thought you meant "ee- dee" as in erectile dysfunction. Wait, how did I just manage to post this. Well, there goes that theory.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

@Nightelf123 Maybe with a new start they can do some cool things story-wise. I felt like the netcode was it's main weakness. KOTH and the lobbies were great features but the difference between online and offline was always very apparent to me. Granted, not as bad as SCIIHD's netcode but games like TekkenTag2, KI and SFIII play like a dream for the most part. I hear Injustice was good online so hopefully whatever caused the input lag in MK9 is fixed in MKX. Story is a nice extra for me but as long as the game is fun and plays just as well online, I'm good.

OniLordAsmodeus
OniLordAsmodeus

@Nightelf123 How is MK's story its main weakness?  MK's story is the deepest of any fighter (which is a fairly low bar considering), and its universe rivals many other non-fighting games out there as well.  Is it that you just don't understand it?

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@Nightelf123 I don't get why people buy fighters for the story. I buy it and go straight to online to kick some noob ass. The Campaign is just extra for me.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@LiquidGold No, its clarifying that its not meant to mean roman numeral "ten", but that "X" means something special for this game specifically.  

Angrypcgamenerd
Angrypcgamenerd

@GlaciusXL @Angrypcgamenerd Well how would that make sense? We don't say II. It's pronounced as "2". What if you called the game Castlevania III (as in you would say Castlevania Eye Eye Eye)?

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

@OniLordAsmodeus @Nightelf123 if you know the story of MK you should know that:

1.always dead characters return from the death(for example Shao Kahn died 3 times (in MKs 2,3,5 ) and it was him that defeated Blaze

2.that Idea that raiden traveled in time in MK 9 is awful.

3.Elder gods don't even try to stop Shao kahn 

and also Tekken's story is much better than MK's(I'm not sure about Tekken 6 because i haven't play it yet.)

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@NbAlIvEr10000  

just call it MKX, works for me.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@wookiegr @LiquidGold @spacecadet25  There outstanding Wookie, I need at least 84hrs of breaking in time for them to truly start shining. Got the reference 205/2 amazing sound stage. Looks nice with my LS50's

Guest1001
Guest1001

@Nightelf123 Look, I'm a huge Tekken fan but Mortal Kombat 9's story was unparallelled for a fighting game. In fact, I can sum up Tekken's story in just two words ...


Jin wins.

Guest1001
Guest1001

@Nightelf123 Look, I'm a huge fan of Tekken ... but MK9's story was unparallelled for a fighting game and Tekken's story can't compare to it. I can sum up Tekken's story in just two words:


Jin wins.

OniLordAsmodeus
OniLordAsmodeus

@Nightelf123 If you know the story then you should know the answer to your own questions...

1) Officially there are only a hand full of characters who have ever died, and all of them who have come back have done so at some consequence, or for some story explained reason (Hanzo, Bi Han, Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Raiden, etc.).  Your example of Shao Kahn is flawed because Shao Kahn never died in the story until MK9.

In MK2 Shao was beaten by Liu Kang but wasn't killed, same with MK3, and in MKDA Shao escaped Shang and Quan and they fought a clone.  This is all pretty clear in the official story.

2) Raiden didn't travel back in time, he sent a message to his past self.  Whether you like that or not is a matter of opinion, but the way it was done makes WAY more sense than Heihachi being blown up by a bomb and not dying, or the Michima's perpetual volcano death scenes (I love Tekken as well by the way).

3) The Elder Gods don't get involved with mortal affairs unless their rules are broken.  That has been a staple of the series since before MK1.  You may not like it; you may not understand it (though it is very clear); but that is the way MK works.

It seems as if you just don't know/understand the story which is what has led you to be confused/disillusioned with MK's story.