Mortal Kombat set for 360, PS3 in 2011

Ed Boon-led NetherRealm Studios promises "most gruesome fatalities ever," cooperative and competitive tag-team modes.

It's been almost exactly a year since Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon first promised that the next installment in the violent fighting game franchise would receive an M-for-Mature rating after a T-for-Teen crossover with DC Universe characters. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment officially announced that project, simply called Mortal Kombat, will arrive in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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In announcing the game, the publisher played up its level of violence. WBIE president Martin Tremblay referred to the game as "reestablishing the brand" and Boon was quoted as promising the "most gruesome fatalities ever." That emphasis on violence was also reflected in a live-action teaser for a possible new Mortal Kombat movie that debuted earlier this week.

Beyond the series' signature gore, Mortal Kombat will also feature tag-team fighting gameplay. Gamers will be able to take their favorite pugilistic pairs online to compete against friends or put aside their differences and play through the game's new cooperative Arcade mode.

As always, Boon is shepherding the creation of the new Mortal Kombat, but the development team behind the game has a new name: NetherRealm Studios. A reference to the home of Mortal Kombat series antagonist Shao Kahn, the name reflects Boon's virtual tunnel vision on the franchise. Since the original Mortal Kombat debuted in arcades in 1992, Boon has worked almost exclusively on the fighter, with his most notable side project being the 2001 arcade shooter The Grid.

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gatsuw83
gatsuw83

very good the MK return in the origins

supacew
supacew

MK VS DC being T just ruined it. Im so excited to get back to classic MK

momo_missouri
momo_missouri

mk is the best game ever too bad kreate a fighter wont returning

griffinshotc
griffinshotc

This should be good. I'm sure they are looking at our feedback. You know it's going to be tweaked alot more. I figured that's why it's not coming out until March 2011. Hate that I have to wait that long but it should be worth the wait. I'm super excited about this!

CrussianRussian
CrussianRussian

I am pissing my pants with exitment!!!!!!!!!! Finaly Eddy goes back to the formula that works.

magnus29
magnus29

Not a prob bro went back and read it...maybe some better punctuation and better sentence structuring would of fixed that...my bad as well =)

Eci
Eci

im a mk arcade fan since 1992 i hope the german version dont get cut :)

b-sounds
b-sounds

I am a massive Mortal Kombat 2 fan, so I'll well happy seeing this!!!; I also love Mortal Kombat 3. They just need to make sure the actual fighting system is deep and competitive like Super Street Fighter 4. Don't make the combat like the DC game, make a good combo system. Each fighter having slight differences. If they make this deep and competitive so that tournament play will blossom then that will be just the best thing EVER!! Bin any attributes that you may take from the DC game please!! Much love <(@ ̄︶ ̄@)>

ShadowKazie
ShadowKazie

Wow...Mortal Kombat looks good. Let's just hope it goes back to the M-rated bloody goodness instead of that Teen rated MK vs DC garbage. I want blood!!!

leeko_link
leeko_link

Awesome trailer but it needs more Scorpion, Liu Kang, and Quan Chi in able to get me excited. Also why is Nightwolf using Rain's thunderbolt? Oh and yeah GameSpot Shao Kahn is from Outworld, not the NetherRealm to which Shinnok, Quan Chi, Scorpion and Noob Saibot reside in.

impost3r
impost3r

@magnus29 You know what? In my mind I thought you were talking about the change to 3D GRAPHICS of SF. When I make a good point on the internet other people don't admit they were wrong and just argue back at me like morons. I'm not going to be a hypocrite. I see what you were saying now. I made a mistake.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

This might actually see the level of success that Street Fighter's revamp saw on the consoles with Street Fighter IV !!!

magnus29
magnus29

@impost3r Try reading the post before telling me I have no Idea. Street fighter 4 is a success and largely due to the fact that it is not 3-d. Like I said look at streetfighter 4. I only meant Streetfighter 4 didnt have go full 3-D to be an awesome game and Mk will do well to stick to its origin style.....idiot

raiden2223
raiden2223

Didnt like how the people had that same look as in DC, i was expecting something dif, but love the 2d and the Backgrounds are great, just what i was wantin in them. Wonder how it feels to play, how much it being 2d is going to speed up the gameplay compaired to the DC.

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

This kind of look like the same as the 3D games but restricted to a 2D line with no side-stepping. The graphics don't particularly strikes me as impressive. I wished it was a HD MK with the return of digitalized characters.

townsenda1
townsenda1

I'm feeling this game. I bought the Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe when it came out and althought it was a great game, I missed that Mortal Kombat feel. This game looks great and can't wait for it to drop.

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

@ WhiteStormy I agree. Although Deception also had great character designs. I liked it better when characters had a new outfit for every game. Just to keep things spiced up and varied. I mean, look at Tekken 6.... Everyone has the same outfits... Elderly Sub-Zero was so awesome.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

I can't believe this actually looks awesome. Could this be the MK I've been waiting for since MK2?

Flint247
Flint247

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MacItaly
MacItaly

With my recent addiction to SSFIV, the excitement of MvC3, and now this...I don't think I have enough friends that play fighters to play all of these sweet ass games. I also, gladly, welcome back a fighting game with fatalities. I have missed finishing off my opponent in humiliating ways. =)

DrKill09
DrKill09

Looks like the 2d gameplay is back. Also @0.57, looks like a bit of Blitz the League 2 influence.

dimis_
dimis_

With Marvel vs Capcom also in 2011, trust these people to pick the worst time to release their games. Do they even think about these things, or just release whenver and hope for the best?

jokerman_28
jokerman_28

looks awesome. i want to see more at E3

slothboyadvance
slothboyadvance

I can tell it's just more of the same crappy 3D MK gameplay with slightly upgraded graphics. As much as it pains me to say: MK should just die.

Denveraic
Denveraic

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Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

They should release an arcade version of this game. Playing at home is not the same as playing at the arcade, but then again there aren't any arcades anymore. I would love to play this at the mall and beat the crap out of everybody.

bleedvideogames
bleedvideogames

i just creamed myself, so looking forward to seeing more

Nezard
Nezard

All I ask is that they ditch the Dial-Up combo, I don't mind a couple of those as in build in character specific links but I like to be able to control a bit more what moves to use in a combo (in line with the standard fighting game combo restrictions of course).

johnmetcalf
johnmetcalf

This looks like a revamp will do the same for MK like the revamp SF got.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Looks great, looks like there will be some really grusome fatalities, poor Sub Zero at the end of the vid. lol

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

There were some sweet combos in the video. Looking forward to hearing more about this one...

omnislash_13
omnislash_13

MK Fact Fail. Shao Kahn is from Outworld. The NetherRealm is MK's version of Hell and has played home to the likes of Shinnok, Scorpion and many demons.

Expo_Smacko
Expo_Smacko

Very nice. The last Mortal Kombat was just not good enough.

Titans23
Titans23

Idk about you guys but ever since I was little the only fighting game I absolutely love is Mortal Kombat, and this trailer is frikin amazing.

Talldude80
Talldude80

Looks like a fun game! Gruesome too! hopefully they release a demo on xboxlive late this year or something.

impost3r
impost3r

@magnus29 riiiiight... "look at street fighter 4" It's an enormous success?! You have no clue what you're talking about. Why don't you check out the SRK community. The Street Fighter community is about 3000% larger than it ever has been maybe larger. There are tournaments held all the time. There are many professional level players. The community is about alive as any competitive gaming community can get.

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

New MK game looks great, I just hope they don't move as slow as they do in Deadly Alliance and all the games of the like

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

The 8 minute MK trailer is actually a just a proof of concept short film produced by Kevin Tancharoen in an effort to promote it to WB in order to get the ok to make it. Looks good too