Mortal Kombat brutalizes April

Warner Bros. reveals Kollector's and Tournament editions, retailer-exclusive fatalities and preorder bonuses, playable Kratos and 3D support in PS3 version.

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The Mortal Kombat series has always placed a heavy emphasis on secrets, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today laid bare much of its launch plan for the franchise's next installment. The publisher today specified a launch window for the violent fighter, as well as retailer-exclusive preorder incentives, system-exclusive features, and multiple premium editions.

The Tournament Edition comes with its own arcade-style joystick.

When the game launches on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in April 2011, it will be available in three different versions: the standard release, a Kollector's Edition, and a Tournament Edition. The Kollector's Edition will include Sub-Zero and Scorpion figurines, an art book, and a downloadable classic costume skin and avatar outfits. The Tournament Edition will be limited to 20,000 copies in North America, and it will include a portable fight stick, in addition to an exclusive downloadable classic costume and avatar outfits.

In addition to choosing which version's bonuses to get, consumers will also have a choice when it comes to retailer-specific preorder incentives. WBIE announced deals with three retailers that will see customers get playable classic costumes, as well as an original fatality for a specific character. GameStop will give players the classic costume and fatality for Scorpion, with Best Buy claiming the same for Sub-Zero, and Amazon offering those bonuses for Reptile.

Exclusive content is a theme for the latest installment in the long-running fighter. WBIE has also revealed that God of War protagonist Kratos will be a playable character in the PS3 version of the game. It will be the Ghost of Sparta's second tilt in a fighter, as he was also a playable character in last year's PSP brawler Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. Kratos isn't the only PS3-excluisve planned for the game, as the version of Mortal Kombat for Sony's system will also feature stereoscopic 3D support.

For more on Mortal Kombat, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

242 comments
WarGrad
WarGrad

Kratos is only available in vs mode only on PS3. Was going to get the PS3 version but I don't play vs mode that often.

magicmo
magicmo

Free toys with a $60 game...SOLD!

crimnoist
crimnoist

ok they say that Kratos will be the exclusive character for the PS3 right ??? but who will be the exclusive character for the X360 ????

beak1313
beak1313

x box 360 should get Hell Spawn!

Gunner-X
Gunner-X

I think eventually the exclusive costumes is going to be available as DLC sometime in the future. GOW3 was the same way with 6 different costumes from different places but eventually made to dlc altogether.

wagnagdag223
wagnagdag223

I'd rather these exclusives be available to "everyone" over DLC, but that's just wishful thinking... Bargain bin ftl. ._. but I couldn't give a rat's *** about a portable fighting stick. I have a real fighting stick in my car trunk.

KuRf
KuRf

portable fight stick = in case the game isn't at your expectation you can bash with it.

LiquidZ08
LiquidZ08

I'm beginning to disagree with exclusive content. This limits people to their system or where they bought the game. A good game depends on variety. I do not wish to have to turn on a totally different system just to play a character or have something the other version does not have. Perhaps they have over thought about exclusive content, because now it just seems like a pain.

Avenger456
Avenger456

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HeroKane
HeroKane

@MysTiC_MaguS You obviously did not understand what was said. I know you still get Fatalities. What I was saying is its aload of crap when they release certain contant because of where you bought the game. And if there going to have classic outfits and fatalities they should be included regardless of where you purchase the game. Or make them downloadable. Not exclusive to where you bought the game. Next time learn how to read.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@oneligas That's a good point. There's been lots of MK's...where the hell has Rare been in putting out a new Killer Instinct?! After all these years, MK and Tekken have survived...where's my Jago Ultra combos??? :)

Arykuarius
Arykuarius

Alan wake would kick azz with his flash light on the 360 version....

cubachino
cubachino

Wow! All those bonuses and the only thing I'll be looking for on its release date is for the merchant that has it at $10 below retail price. With the money saved and my Sony points I'm also going to buy a 3D TV...... maybe.

oneligas
oneligas

I'd rather see MK vs killer instinct than kratos in MK

oneligas
oneligas

They made a mistake with the reserve bonuses, it doesn't make sense to exclude special fatalities to were you reserve it, they should of made a bonus that is the same everywhere or a bonus such as character skins for each retailer. Kratos sounds cool in MK until actually playing as him which will most likely be broken and unbalanced. 3d is not cool for anything for me because i don't have perfect 20/20 vison.

flicks09
flicks09

Hope we get the Kollector's Edition in the EU, 'cause I wants it!

shnull
shnull

do i read : only in north america AGAIN ?

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@TheTrueMagusX1 : You obviously read it wrong. My feelings on Avatar and 3D are the complete opposite, and always have been.

lilflex1
lilflex1

reptiles a nobody and best buy keeps its prices higher than most retail stores so id go with scorpion and gamestop

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

I'll wait until I can buy the complete game with everything on the disc. And if that doesn't happen, I guess I don't need another Mortal Kombat.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@Waldkrieger Hmmm....funny.Oh well, I saw the thread today and you say those very things...

aPimpNAMEDGekko
aPimpNAMEDGekko

@Rizion89 Sure, but you gotta bring the munchies....cuz I already got em.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@TheTrueMagusX1 : You must really have me mixed up with someone else man, because in complete honesty, I have never uttered a single word like that about Avatar. Not even close. Avatar, and 3D, has NOTHING of that kind of effect on me and I feel the exact opposite of what you said I do. You simply got the wrong guy. Flat out.

spitbarz
spitbarz

Kratos vs Scorpion thats a shodown i wanna see!

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@TheTrueMagusX1 : You must really have me mixed up with someone else, because in complete honesty, I have never uttered a single word like that about Avatar. Avatar has NOTHING of that kind of effect on me and I feel the exact opposite of what you said I do. You simply got the wrong guy.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

Retailer-exclusive fatalities= Ultra Lame. And to think I was ready to give this an official "Woo!" :?

avail447
avail447

whats with everyone complaining about being robbed?!? Its not going to change your online or gameplay experience whether you buy a special edition or not... I mean all it is adding to the game is fatalities and costumes all AESTHETICS, i dont even know how you guys are getting moves involved (quit spreading rumors) plus if you really want all the extras so bad then buy a special edition... i mean i dont see how anyone is being robbed one special comes with an AWESOME arcade stick and the other comes with extremely detailed action figures and MORE Besides the extra game costumes and fatalities will probably be available in a few months time from release anyway

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I hate all this retailer exclusive stuff. Way to rob everyone else a portion of the game, no matter how small.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

yeah they only mention fatalities and costumes, but you know they will eventually have characters for download

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Retailer exclusive fatalities? That's just dumb, all I know is that I'd better be able to get the other features later like with a code or something. I really don't like the whole "oh you'll get this with the game if you buy it from a certain place" nonsense. Just gimmie the freakin' game I paid for!

Hercules321
Hercules321

Ryo Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden wouldn't be a bad choice for the Xbox 360 version although he is not exactly exclusive to the xbox...

yeager1
yeager1

Kratos in Mortal Kombat oh HELL YES!!!

TheArcade
TheArcade

@x_pain: The thing is they didn't release crappy games before Sonic Color---ever hear of Sonic the Hedgehog 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic CD, and Sonic Adventure? Yeah, all were million sellers and socially acceptable. I don't see how anyone growing up in the 90's could miss that. Sonic Colors brought Sonic back to his Adventure roots. In a nutshell Sega was making quality Sonic games long before they were making the crappy ones. The garbage Sonic games consist of Shadow The Hedgehog's gun game and Sonic next-gen (featuring Silver). Now THOSE were bad.

wOnKaCatalyst
wOnKaCatalyst

ugh... i was semi-interested in buying this game upon first hearing about it. can't say i feel the same way anymore now that different versions = slightly different game. ...mortal pokemon.

gregbmil
gregbmil

@Petemig. I'm sure people will be able to find all the extra content kodes online at some points.

petemig
petemig

I wonder how many nerds will but all 3 retailer copies just so they have everything...

ppettie
ppettie

This kinda sucks. Firstly, I'm a XBOX player. There will be no exclusive character (which I'm fine with. This is MK not Soul Calibur). The XBOX is getting the MK avatar that can be used in King of the Hill mode online (I guess to offset not getting an exclusive character). As far as the exclusive fatalities and costumes... geez... really? I would prefer the classic Reptile costume and the classic Sub-Zero fatality. But I have to choose- and I don't EVER buy games at Best Buy or Amazon (and wait for it to ship while everyone is playing the game). All this exclusive stuff is getting out of hand honestly. And it's making my excitement for the game diminish.

themadclown
themadclown

altair from assassins creed would be a great option for a character in MK on 360!!!

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@Waldkrieger Actually you did, and I donot remember exactly what the thread was, but you did say Avatar and its 3D made you feel the wonder of film that you have not felt in years. So yes, I do remember that quite well....

nate1222
nate1222

Kompletely wicked sick! I'm still waiting for a 3DS MK. I know Boon & Krew are planning one. Drooling at the prospect.

TwisterTheory
TwisterTheory

Aaaah.. Retailer Exclusive Fatality that a month or so later will be available for the rest us via a 'wonderful' DLC purchase. FANTASTIC!!!

orb_03_2006
orb_03_2006

@beak1313 I just looked it up. It's on Gamestop.

SoljaD2005
SoljaD2005

Best Mortal Kombat game since MK 2

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Where are people getting this pay extra for maps & characters? Nowhere in here does it say anything about DLC. Those are extra costumes their talking about people!

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Well since there are hardly anymore exclusive games out there this will have to be the next best thing. In-game exclusives depending on where you buy and for what system you buy for.

Murder422
Murder422

I see a problem with charging more for an extra fatality, map, coustume, character. It is even worse when you pay full price for it on day one. My question is how do we stop this trend though?

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

so the main focus of the game is the online play. after they added the level, people would always pick it, and i'd get booted because i didn't have it. so finding a group to play the originals was pretty annoying. and they know how people are. they'll eventually get fed up with getting booted and give in to the DLC scam. and we know we've already downloaded the level since it took about 2 seconds to activate the DLC. and the reason for dlc has never been disc space. final fantasy xiii was on 3 discs for xbox 360 and it was still $60 and it was a complete (though not necessarily good) game