Mortal Kombat hits stores April 19

Warner Bros. nails down date for latest installment in notoriously gory fighting franchise on PS3, Xbox 360.

The fighters of the next Mortal Kombat tournament can finally start making their travel plans (and funeral arrangements), as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today set an April 19 release date for the blood-soaked Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 brawler.

Given that Reptile's spit is actually acid, this move adds injury to insult.

As the first installment in the franchise since 2008's T-for-Teen-rated Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, the upcoming Mortal Kombat was designed with the goal of "reestablishing the brand," according to WBIE president Martin Tremblay. That means a return to the series' signature over-the-top fatalities and copious quantities of viscera.

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

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189 comments
LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@layno11 Im not too sure what kicking a dollar means you illiterate idiot, so ill assume it has something to do with your lack of intelligence and inability to correctly spell the simplest Queens English...Fool! MK appeals to the brain dead moronic idiots of society, you helping me prove this point today.

layno11
layno11

@LeoLex_ Mortal Kombat kicks a$$ but i guess your to busy playing your gay little tekken games to realize that.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@bluedarrk That "like" was not in your first post ;) Anyway; the game "The Inmortal" (1991) for the Sega Genesis had a lot of blood in the form of mutilations and head explosions. Also in the Genesis you ahve "Hokuto no Ken" (1989) ahd a lot of blood in its japanesse version. Even further, you can see pixelated blood and head decaps in the game "Halloween" (1983) for the Atari 2600 and also in "Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior" (1987) for various platforms. And more, but not gonna expands too much :)

bluedarrk
bluedarrk

@warlord_Irochi what was the first game to introduce blood like MK?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@bluedarrk Indeed is cool to see the game back, but I can asure you, this game was not the first game introducing blood. Also, how come the game still has a "Rate Pending"? hope you don't have a nasty surprise waiting for us ESRB...

bluedarrk
bluedarrk

i think its cool to see this franchise go back to the basics. MK was the first game to introduce blood. Fighting games have disappeared due to FPS. I think a lot of people will put down black ops and go back to the good ol' fatalities

oneligas
oneligas

Ouch triple punch bell ringer! lol

jakcul
jakcul

@oneligas Go to Mortal Kombat 9 videos, watch the stage demo and you'll get your answer :)

Scr00I
Scr00I

Haven't played a good fighting game in a while. Could be a breath of fresh air.

xxHomicide718xx
xxHomicide718xx

FINISH HIM!!! I can't wait ima play this game until my ps3 explodes lol. Wait cant do that L.A NOIRE comes out may 17

DEATH775
DEATH775

I might be getting the Kollectors Edition for this one.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

wait wait wait i just got one thing to say about all this.........MK BLOWS!!!!!!! alway has done and always will ppl. "ENTER THE TEK-KEN"

bandtnt
bandtnt

there was a promise to be release on pc i wish it is not be forgotten

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

i hope noob saibot will be in the roster , hes my fav mk character

Thanos1960
Thanos1960

I'm sure it will be worth the wait, otherwise there will be a new fatality to deal with (which I'm still working on! Mortal Kombat 4-ever!

jshaas
jshaas

My only hope is that this game does for the MK franchise what SF4 did for the SF franchise. From everything I've read about it, it appears to be shaping up to do just that. This brings back some great gaming memories for me. I didn't pay a lot of attention to MK1 in the arcade, but when MK2 came out... WOW! Every quarter I could find went into that machine! I still remember most of the moves too;)

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

The game I have been waiting for arrives April 19th!!I cannot remember the last time i've said "this is a must day 1 buy for me",for a fighter. I will play this game non stop!!!Bravo Neatherrealm & WB! @ donmega1 Quite a few of us have been around since the first MK came out....and for you not to notice they are taking it back to those days,and to say what you have said..... tells me either you have no idea what your talking about or your just trolling for trolling sakes.

GreyWizzard
GreyWizzard

Excellent news... now to decide on which version.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@KaBoOm Why? Is that even necessary? It's a article about MK, not about you having your assumed superior PS3. Get over it. Get the PS3 version and stfu. No try going to another topic and start a flame war there.

subz3ro74
subz3ro74

how come gamestop says 2nd and gamespot 19?

rangegear
rangegear

Sweet! Closer than i thought.

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

MK always was an awesome fighting franchise. I remember playing the original on the Sega Genesis lol. As for the whole exclusive characters thing, who cares? You still get the main staple of playable characters and their the ones that make the franchise, not Kratos or whoever.

Fightingfan
Fightingfan

I still say I rather have Rachet and Clank then kratos I want a character that doesn't fit in the Mk universe.

dak013
dak013

There may be no xbox exclusive as of yet, but what do you bet the DLC will have new Kombatants from all the games you could possible hope for.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

Mortal kombat was always a arcade, and console game.

lordkorosh
lordkorosh

from the trailers and demos it look like rebuild of the old one even the old arenas are back with better graphic,anyway i think the old games (mk 1 and 2) were blasts and this one is going to bring back the FUN,VIOLENCE,EXCITEMENT of past, i really hope so.

mbashour
mbashour

@Warlord_Irochi true, deception i thought was one of the best MKs for sure. this one is lookin pretty good too so far.

muppen
muppen

I hope this new MK can deliver the same awesomeness like "back in the day". From what I've seen so far it looks like it can :)

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

They probably should've thrown Marcus Fenix in the 360 version; Chainsaw Gun fatalities seem like a no brainer. I'd go PS3/Kratos either way,but it'd be cool if each system had its own special character (SC2 style). Either way, Street Fighter is, and always has been, the better game.

fester420
fester420

I would without a doubt choose Mortal Kombat over Tekken or Marvel vs Capcom any day. Those games are button mashers, a 6 year-old who has never played could totally whoop someone who has been perfecting their fighting game art for years. You also can't go wrong with fatalities and a consistent story.

WarGrad
WarGrad

I have no idea why people keep asking for a PC port, they are not going to do it. It would have been in the works already.

freakyt_666
freakyt_666

"dipsetboy17 Posted Jan 23, 2011 7:07 am GMT i'm getting the ps3 version of course for the beastly kratos" One of the few times I would actually prefer to have a PS3 over my 360 purely to be able to use Kratos. Any word on who's featuring on the 360 version yet?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Lots of people saying MK died when it got to 3D... Lots of people that never played "Deception". Shame,,, but if we are going to talk about fighting franchises that should die then we should speak about Virtua Fighter and his 5 game franchise with less that 2% innovation. It's also a shame to see so much people unable to see that MK focuses in a diferent demography from a market point of view. It's like comparing Splatterhouse with God of War.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

i'm getting the ps3 version of course for the beastly kratos.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Hopefully this plays like the classic MK's. Everything after MK4, to me, is junk. (Minus Shaolin Monks, of course)

cell_dweller
cell_dweller moderator moderator

It's about time. I hope that this game goes back to the roots!

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

This looks like one of the most promising MKs in years. Nice to see it going back to its roots. :)

giantqtipz
giantqtipz

haha i played the classic mk in the 90s on my pc. well late 90s....

badtaker
badtaker

Please don't forget to port it to PC

SaijusX
SaijusX

Thank God. Back to the Real MK. Please ffs lemme rip off someones head and beat them down with their spine @_@