Mortal Kombat goes gold

NetherRealm Studios finishes development on April 19-dated fighter reboot.

April showers are raining blood. Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios have jointly announced that Mortal Kombat has gone gold, ahead of its April 19 date with North American retail.

Mortal Kombat brutalizes retail in a few weeks.

The first Mortal Kombat game since 2008's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and the ninth in the series, the reboot game is rated M for Mature for its gruesome fatalities.

The game's roster will be a throwback of sorts, full of fighters pulled from the first three games in the series. There is one particularly notable exception, as the PlayStation 3 version will feature God of War protagonist Kratos as a playable character.

According to a leaked memo, Mortal Kombat's online component will be roped off. If the source is accurate, the game will ship with a one-time use code that allows gamers to access the game's full gamut of online experiences. Those who purchase the game secondhand, or those without a code, will need to pay $10 to procure one.

For more on the upcoming fighter, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview of Mortal Kombat.

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Bowserpwns
Bowserpwns

@Egotte i have no idea why you would hate Kratos, everyone loves Kratos. Hes just so angry all the time its just delectable!

Bowserpwns
Bowserpwns

Im going to take this oportunity to say DEAR LORD YES

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

@danielcanas7 I know there isn't one and I'd like to know what you guys think and want to be an exclusive character for the XBOX version. Also, it doesn't really matter if Kratos is in the PS3 version. I've read somewhere that he doesn't have a story line. And I think why Kratos was awesome because he slayed someone bigger than him. So I am not hoping that the game would exceed my expectations.

Chaoscomando32
Chaoscomando32

@steveguttenberg, I'm sure the story mode is great, but online is where the blood is. For $5 you'll be waiting ahwile, hahahahaha

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Can't wait to buy this for $5 used and then not pay for the "online pass."

jeetkunejoe
jeetkunejoe

duh nuh nuh nuh nuh , duh nuh nuh MORTAL KOMBAT!!!! dunannaanananannananananana!!!!!!

Chaoscomando32
Chaoscomando32

Got an xbox myself, and it doesnt matter to me that we aren't getting an exclusive character. What does bother me is the fact that I pay good money for the xbox live service and we still have no demo. Hope theres no bad relationship between WB, NRS and Microsoft. Anyways, will be at the store when it opens to pick up my preordered copy, for sure..

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

@youaddme DLC costumes, DLC characters, DLC shadow mode packs, no spectator mode, lame netcode, and lame story doesn't make Marvel vs. Capcom 3 awesome.

majere613
majere613

@Codester_41 - 'Going Gold' refers to the original master disc from which the release copy of the game will be pressed, the 'Gold Master'. It can be confusing when sites like GS insist on using 'Goes Platinum' to refer to hitting a million sales. @littleghostie - The Spartan in DOA4 is in fact a female Spartan called 'Nicole', not the Master Chief himself. She probably had no business being there, but Team Ninja and Bungee did a good job from a fanservice point of view. I've racked my brains trying to think of a 360-specific character who could be their exclusive, but TBH there really isn't anyone who fits.

littleghostie
littleghostie

@danielcanas7 I know 360 isn't getting its own fighter, i was just saying if it did who would it be. Senceless conversation really but ive got nothing better to do.

Codester_41
Codester_41

What does it even mean going gold? :S Am I now going to get a gold plated case for my game?

Codester_41
Codester_41

Ya know, I'm sorry 360 users, enough talk about exclusive characters because your not getting one. Kratos for PS3, nothing for 360. Yay for PS3! :D

danielcanas7
danielcanas7

@Pete5506 if you buy it on the PS3 you'll get one additional fighter, Kratos. @littleghostie & @blue_francis14 : there is no exclusive character for the 360 version.

youaddme
youaddme

@crazy_legs87 seriously? did you play it? it was AWESOME. (flashy flashy lights got me attracted!) :p @pete5506 er. ps3? unless you can play as master chief in the xbox version. haha

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

I really hope that it out sells the disappointing Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Great news, not sure what system to get it on though

littleghostie
littleghostie

@blue_francis14 Master Cheif has been used in a 2-D fighter before, so the only one left that would make sence is Marcus Fenix.

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

in case xbox gets an exclusive character, who would you want it to be?

otanikun
otanikun

Cannot wait for this game, seen the fatalities and I like

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Only 13 more days until I get to play as Kratos.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Mortal Kombat, day one purchase my frend

squall_83
squall_83

@darkcomedian I think it's a little more than unlikely considering this article clearly states that "development is finished". I guess we could always hope for DLC though...

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I know it's unlikely at this point, but I hope the Xbox 360 gets an exclusive character.

razorfett147
razorfett147

Jeez. Did Subbie and Scorpion kick the crap outta those droids or what??? :D

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Can't wait to actually have fun with a video game again.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@sleepnsurf It has tag team aswell.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

It's annoying, developers and publishers all too often push a games release back but they never push the release forwards. If the game's done, surely they could releases a few days early. Day one sales are unlikely to exceed 500 000-700 000 based on Tekken 6, Street Fighter IV and Marvel VS Capcom 3 week one sales.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Sweet! Back to good old, 2D Mortal Kombat!

Alvaro_20
Alvaro_20

@vader501st "I'm in a dilemma between this and Portal 2. Aw, hell..." Why don't you just get both? 2 weeks away, just release 'em already!

BenjaBenjamin
BenjaBenjamin

Pre-ordered mine today. I was conflicted between MK and Portal 2, but decided to hold out until my new PC is here and I shall delve into the world of PC FPSing for the first time instead! :D Whoop, roll on April 21st (Damn UK release date)

Akijo
Akijo

FINISH IT ! FATALITY! 9/10 :D

awarriorg
awarriorg

Is it 2v2 tag team? Online 2v2?

donebythebook
donebythebook

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AceCometh
AceCometh

Gold, you say? GET OVER HERE!

TwisterTheory
TwisterTheory

(CYMBAL CRASH) TEST YOUR MIGHT.... MOORTAL KOOOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

vader501st
vader501st

I'm in a dilemma between this and Portal 2. Aw, hell...

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

1vs1 fight games are dead to me. This might change my mind!

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

JUST RELEASE IT ALREADY!!!....I want to kick some @ss with my man sub zero!

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

Ive never played MK before, but this is looking sick! I was just reading about it and I already love the story behind each character and such. Im glad theyre gonna be revisiting the early days so maybe I can catch up on what Ive missed in this MK universe!

vega13mv
vega13mv

let mortal kombat begin! *bwaaaaang*

ewokachu
ewokachu

I've never turned my back from Mortal Kombat ever. PERIOD. I was six when the First Mortal Kombat came out, and have been obsessed with it from then on. I even have the Dragon logo tattooed on my arm. For those of you who'v ever turned your back on the series, shouldn't be allowed to touch this game. This game is for the true fans!

ryguy1334
ryguy1334

yea can 360 get a demo now??