Here’s What You Missed in the Mortal Kombat X Trailer

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Developer NetherRealm Studios has finally pulled back the curtain on their next entry in the long-running Mortal Kombat franchise--Mortal Kombat X--with a bone-breaking, head-severing new trailer. It’s a trailer filled to the brim with Scorpion-on-Sub-Zero violence, but there are several little details hidden within all the brutality that may give some extra insight into this fighting franchise’s tenth installment.

Since releasing the trailer, Mortal Kombat publisher Warner Bros. has offered up some extra tidbits about the game. As we reported, Mortal Kombat X will deliver a "cinematic" presentation with "all-new gameplay" as well as offering a significant online component involving a "persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy." Players will be able to choose from multiple variations on the same character, a first for the series, as well as take part in an "original story" introducing new challengers that "represent the forces of good and evil."

New modes, new characters, and new mechanics: we already know a lot about this new Mortal Kombat, but what more can we learn from that teaser trailer? Let’s get started.

BREAKERS & X-RAY ATTACKS

These should come as no surprise, as both were present in the previous Mortal Kombat. Scorpion’s signature scorpion sting X-ray attack can be clearly seen at roughly the 1:05 mark (embed below), with upgraded visuals showing all that juicy organ trauma. Breakers also seem to have received an upgrade. In the previous Mortal Kombat, breakers interrupted an opponent’s combo and didn’t deal any damage. Both of these aspects seem to have changed in Mortal Kombat X.

All the breakers (read: counter attacks) shown in the trailer had some sort of painful-looking follow-up attack to the appropriate appendage. In addition, at around the 43 second mark, Scorpion charges Sub-Zero and gets countered. Scorpion’s attack wasn’t part of some long combo--it was just a single attack that got squashed. Could this mean Mortal Kombat is adopting a more complex counter system similar to, perhaps, the one in Dead or Alive?

STAGE BREAKING & WEAPONS

Sub-Zero uses weapons and background objects constantly in the Mortal Kombat X trailer. In order of appearance, Sub-Zero throws Scorpion through a tree to access a new part of the stage, removes a tree branch and uses it as a frozen club, performs a swinging kick using another tree branch, and finally picks up and attacks with a frozen sword that has been lying in the background (interesting to note that sword then disappears in the scenes after Sub-Zero drops it).

These sorts of background interactions and stage transitions were also present in NeatherRealm’s previous fighting game foray, Injustice, so it would make sense to find improved versions of them here. However, in Mortal Kombat X’s case, less could mean more since these sequences were far more subdued than the car-smashing, office-building-destroying environmental attacks in Injustice.

ONLINE CONNECTIVITY

One important thing to note that wasn’t in the trailer is Warner Bros.’s comment about Mortal Kombat X being a "fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest." The fighting game landscape has changed a bit since 2011 and the days of the last Mortal Kombat. Love it or hate it, the free-to-play business model is gaining traction within the fighting genre. Bandai Namco has been running F2P experiments, with varying degrees of success, for the past few years with Tekken Revolution, SoulCalibur: Lost Swords, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle. Here in the West, Killer Instinct was designed from the ground up to be a F2P experience. It’s not too great of a stretch to imagine NetherRealm is going to use its online functionality for a little more than just some leaderboard challenges.

GIVE US SMOOTH

Free-to-play speculations aside, one thing we can all get excited about is the silky smooth fighting seen in this trailer. The Mortal Kombat series has always caught flack for feeling too robotic or--to use the parlance of our times--herky-jerky, but this trailer seems to go out of its way to demonstrate how fluid a Mortal Kombat game can be. Of course, it’s likely this trailer isn’t entirely representative of how the actual game will play, but the fact that NetherRealm wants to set the expectation in all our minds that maybe, just maybe, their next game won’t feel quite so stiff is promising.

Last, but not least, Warner Bros. has announced that Mortal Kombat X will not be a purely next-gen experience. The game is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in 2015. You can expect more information about the game to drop at this year’s E3, as well as our impression of the game from the show floor. Until then, all we have is this trailer. Was there anything we missed? Leave your thoughts, rumors, and speculations in the comments below.

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Discussion

206 comments
mrgorgun
mrgorgun

cheap rap tune for a mortal kombat game..really?

ryogapower
ryogapower

As long as friendships make a comeback i'm in. 'Kid Thunder!'

xbox_is_garbage
xbox_is_garbage

LETS STOP WITH THE RACIST CRAP PPL, YOURE NOT FOOLING ANYONE. THE MUSIC WAS GOOD, GET OVER IT! WE CANT ALWAYS HAVE ROCK N ROLL.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

I hated the X ray feature in MK9, and I hope it can be turned off. 

veronica1991
veronica1991

in MK3 SUB-ZERO was the only ninja who escaped the lin kuei before they could turn him into a cyber assassin ... that's for the cyborg thing and for the same trailer which is so reminiscent of MK9 of SCORPION killing SUB-ZERO .. i said why didn't they bring the new SUB-ZERO who is supposed to avenge his older brother in the main story line http://www.utm.io/1412

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

What I missed is a reason to want to buy this game.

jrcast84
jrcast84

What everyone missed is that its pronounced "ex" not X or Ten.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

I'm just glad my Scorpion beat every one of my friends' Sub-Zero in this one.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"Love it or hate it, the free-to-play business model is gaining traction within the fighting genre."

Quite the opposite I would say: If you compare them in numbers, the F2P model not only is a minority but it's also pulling back (Soul Calibur doesn't even bring online, you forgot to mention that). Fighting games do not work well with this kind of monetization.

This particular case: The reveal of the official boxart pretty much ditches F2P for this game.
http://whatsyourtagblog.com/2014/06/04/mortal-kombat-x-official-box-art-revealed/

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

Well it is a trailer after all because Subzero was transformed into a robot by the Lin Key and then when Cindel attack she almost kill all of them, leaving Sonya and Johny Cage alive ... so yeah ... I just hope it continue the story found in 9 instead of becoming and HD version of MK Trilogy

evolate
evolate

ehm, but this clip didnt have a second of ingame phootage...right ? it was all cgi teaser trailer

dr_mahmood
dr_mahmood

if in this graphics or just good graphics ill easly give it a 9.0

itchyflop
itchyflop

looks good, £50 though?? hmmmm

snk0610
snk0610

When the game is released


Will it get the infamous Game Spot score 8 ? :)


Tell me what you think.


t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

Well for those who are asking the same question i've been asking myself which is (why always in the MK trailers scorpion kills SUB-ZERO in MK9 and MKX series) and also (Why scorpion is somehow OP in the gameplay in MK9 while SUB-ZERO is slow and not even a teleporter nor a zoner and in general weak ) well the answer is simple .. it's coz ED BOON is a SCORPION fanatic and he can't just keep it to himself infact he just takes it out on us and makes the game biased instead of being balanced coz as i mentioned he is a SCORPION fanatic .. And i wonder why SCORPION was put as a DLC in INJUSTICE lol .. and ED BOON can justify SCORPION killing SUB-ZERO in all his trailers by saying (well that's how the original story goes) .. oh really what about the rest of the saga when the younger brother takes his older brother's mantle and becomes the new SUB-ZERO and avenges his brother's death !!!! .. how about that being the trailer .. lol but nooo that would kill Mr. FANATIC ED BOON .. and i wonder why did he turn SUB-ZERO into a cyber assassin like CYRAX and SEKTOR in MK9 though in the original story SUB-ZERO was the only ninja who escaped the LINK KUEI before they can turn him into a cyborg .. as i said coz ED BOON is a SCORPION FANATIC .. Mr. ED BOON go check the comments on the trailer and see the thousands wondering why SCORPION always kills SUB-ZERO in your trailers .. and try to get over your fancy of SCORPION and make a balanced game ( in trailers and in the main gameplay) coz you are starting to make the game fans sick and the new commers to this game will just think that's all to it is that SCORPION kills SUB-ZERO and decapitates him in a super cinematic way .. fix it and get over yourself MR ED BOON

LordMonkeybum
LordMonkeybum

Hopefully this will bring the same enjoyment i'm getting from Injustice gods among us, I had gone off fighting games for a good few years but there is something about fighting as super heroes and villains that makes it fun

Ceclor
Ceclor

I was quite interested until that rap music began to play.  I hate crappy soundtracks.  And rap does not fit in the MK genre.  Unless they want to limit it to places where Jax fights...if he is in the game. 

Honestly, the shock and awe of violence in video games is over.  We almost expect it anymore.  A new Mortal Kombat is not going to show us anything new.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Pure BS speculation except for the most obvious parts such as X-ray attacks and environmental based combat..

tennebrae
tennebrae

I must have missed the explanation on how characters can recover from fractures instantaneously. In the trailer, I see Sub-zero's legs got broken several times, but he kept on kicking as if nothing had happened.

underxgames
underxgames

Never really got into the MK series I am more into DOA and SC especially SC... But I have to admit this trailer looked amazing, and this Break Down Article was flawless - Good Job!!

ZombieVirolina
ZombieVirolina

So the magic wand has been waved and all the characters Sindel singlehandedly killed are alive again. With all this retcon, we'll soon have an Infinite Crisis in the MK universe.

DEATH775
DEATH775

Yeah yeah whatever, just don't region lock the damn game like you guys did with Injustice. Seriously am sick of fighting games having region lock in their resume. 

franizarduy
franizarduy

of course it is gameplay!, why on earth would they show something like this just to burn all the hype with some horrible graphics? its clear that some cgi has been in the mix. but not the entire trailer.



the_dude526
the_dude526

I'm so sick of Sub Zero getting beat by Scorpion. Anytime they put the pair on screen together, Scorpion comes out on top :( Lame.

angelofbeast198
angelofbeast198

i hope they dont mess it up again by adding new fighting game play like mk5,run button,3d, dumb,brutalities,friendship and animality just gore pure gore guts blood every where but it looks like they adding enviroment weapon which is stupid just wish they stick to the original game play like the last mk was perfect

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

sub zero is ugly looking atm but anyways I believe they got a lot of ideas when they worked with injustice

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@veronica1991 I hope they have all 4 Sub Zeros in the game, Sub Zero, Sub Zero 2, Noob Saibot, and Cyber Sub Zero all included. 

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@jrcast84 this is the tenth MK fighting game.


(1)MK

(2)MK2

(3)MK3

(4)MK4

(5)MK Trilogy

(6)MK Deadly Alliance

(7)MK Deception

(8)MK Armageddon

(9)MK

(10)MK X


Redblaze27
Redblaze27

@Warlord_Irochi Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Core Fighters is doing it right, Tekken Revolution and the FTP Soul Calibur are not.

t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

@Coco_pierrot 

What you're talking about is the new story line that they came up with in MK9 but in the main storyline in MK3 SUB-ZERO was the only ninja who escaped the lin kuei before they could turn him into a cyber assassin ... that's for the cyborg thing and for the same trailer which is so reminiscent of MK9 of SCORPION killing SUB-ZERO .. i said why didn't they bring the new SUB-ZERO who is supposed to avenge his older brother in the main story line ... and the answer again is that ED BOON is a SCORPION FANATIC

dr_mahmood
dr_mahmood

@evolate were not sure but the most believes that some of it is ingame gameplay

including me


Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@t_c_o_m Ok, 3 sentences:

1. Last MK is a reboot
2. Sub-zero is forced to become a cyborg agains his will
3. When a link.kuei master dies; another takes his indetity
4. Scorpion is a spirit from hell, ergo immortal.

It is all ni the canon.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Ceclor "I was quite interested" then "the shock and awe of violence in video games is over." Conflic detected.

"A new Mortal Kombat is not going to show us anything new" So what? we remove the blood?
Sorry man, but that sounded like a rant just for the sake of it.

-s3r6i0-
-s3r6i0-

@Ceclor I don't think there's anything wrong with rap I just think the song was mismatched. You have a guy who raps mostly about jewelry and weed in the background of a Mortal Kombat video. It was lame and corny. I hope this is just a reflection of the marketing department, and not the developers.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@tennebrae Same way as you getting shoot multiple times in the chest causes your eyes to bleed before your wounds heal by themselves
It's just a videogame man...

-s3r6i0-
-s3r6i0-

@tennebrae That's been in Mortal Kombat for a long time now. It's called suspension of disbelief, where you know something isn't realistic yet you dismiss it for the sake of entertainment. Personally, I think the bone breaks in X-ray view are cool and would prefer to see them multiple times throughout each fight. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@DEATH775 XOne, at least, can change region freely within a single profile. So I doubt they'll try the same this time.

t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

@the_dude526 

check out my post " i'm just like you just SICK OF IT but they do that everytime coz simply ED BOON is a scorpion fanatic and he takes it out on us not caring about SUB-ZERO fans or even the game balance

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@the_dude526 Never watched the movies, but iirc, Sub-Zero did kill Scorpion (pre-tournament, the two clans are enemies) and Scorpion's story revolved around him seeking revenge.

omgmike23
omgmike23

There's a reason for it...oh yeah probably because THATS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE STORY

t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

@DemoKnight10656 

SUB-ZERO looks ugly in this trailer and ofcourse SCORPION is looking awesome coz if not then ED BOON (SCORPION FANATIC) will get a heart attack

Foppe
Foppe

@Dredcrumb9 Mortal Kombat Trilogy was just an updated Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.


The real list goes like this:


Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat 2

Mortal Kombat 3 (Ultimate, Trilogy)

Mortal Kombat 4 (Gold)

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Mortal Kombat: Deception

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe

Mortal Kombat

X

Frosty192
Frosty192

@Dredcrumb9 Deadly Alliance was actually number 5 hence the "V" on the cover.

Mortal Kombat vs DCU was actually counted as one of the 10.

evolate
evolate

@dr_mahmood i think, as with most gamedevelopers, they want you to believe that =)
look at watchdogs "ingametrailer" it was no way near the appearance of the final game

t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

@Warlord_Irochi @t_c_o_m 

What you're talking about is the new story line that they came up with in MK9 but in the main storyline in MK3 SUB-ZERO was the only ninja who escaped the lin kuei before they could turn him into a cyber assassin ... that's for the cyborg thing and for the same trailer which is so reminiscent of MK9 of SCORPION killing SUB-ZERO .. i said why didn't they bring the new SUB-ZERO who is supposed to avenge his older brother in the main story line ... and the answer again is that ED BOON is a SCORPION FANATIC

t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

@omgmike23 

Oh really that's what happened in the story !!

What about the rest of the story when the new SUB-ZERO (the younger brother) takes his older brother's mantle and avenges his death .. how about that being the trailer with the new SUB-ZERO beating the crap out of scorpion .. but as i said .. ED BOON is a scorpion fanatic

t_c_o_m
t_c_o_m

@Warlord_Irochi @t_c_o_m 

Well after the MK9 trailer and then the weak slow gameplay for SUB-ZERO in MK9 i kept telling myself ok maybe they will fix SUB-ZERO in the next MK .. yet when they came up with the trailer it was such a reminiscent of MK9 .. though that was just the beginning of the story of SCORPION killing the older brother (SUB-ZERO) .. so what about the trailer this time showing the new SUB-ZERO avenging his brother from scorpion .. but as i said (ED BOON is a SCORPION fanatic )