Mortal Kombat X Mobile Game Out Now, Dev Promises "Striking Graphics"

NetherRealm launches new fighting game/card-collector hybrid on iTunes; watch the launch trailer now.

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Mortal Kombat X launches for console and PC next Tuesday, but a mobile version of the fighting game is available now. Warner Bros. and NetherRealm today launched the previously announced free-to-play version for iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It's coming "soon" to Android.

The game was developed internally at Chicago-based NetherRealm Studios, and boasts "striking graphics," according to the game's announcement.

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Mortal Kombat isn't the only fighting franchise NethRealm has adapted for mobile devices. The developer also brought a free version of Injustice: Gods Among Us to smartphones and tablets in April 2013--and with great success. That game has been downloaded more than 43 million times, Warner Bros. said today.

Meanwhile, NetherRealm's other major mobile game, WWE Immortals, has seen eight million downloads since its release in January 2015. Warner Bros. mobile executive Greg Ballard said he's optimistic that the new Mortal Kombat game will also enjoy great success.

"The team has outdone themselves with its latest offering, creating an authentic Mortal Kombat mobile experience from the ground up, bringing players all the signature, over-the-top fighting gameplay mechanics that are hallmarks of the franchise and delivering on WBIE's quality games-as-a-service promise," he explained.

The Mortal Kombat X mobile game meshes traditional fighting with card collection. The game's (initial) roster features more than 24 characters, including iconic characters like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kano, and Raiden, along with newcomers like Cassie Cage, D'Vorah, and Kotal Kahn. Players can also collect additional gear and unlock "more dramatic, over-the-top Fatalities."

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Being a free-to-play game, it's likely that players can either unlock these items and Fatalities either through gameplay or by spending real-world money.

The Mortal Kombat X mobile game also features daily events and online multiplayer support. In addition, there is a new "Allies" feature where players can "borrow" a character from a friend, while more Challenge Mode characters are coming to the game "soon," Warner Bros. said.

The mobile version of Mortal Kombat X also ties into the console/PC edition.

"This ecosystem among platforms will introduce team-based Faction Wars for the first time ever, and empower players to unlock special content between the mobile game and console or PC versions by completing tasks and achievements within each version," Warner Bros. said. "Every connected Mortal Kombat X player can participate regardless of platform device."

You can download Mortal Kombat X today from iTunes.

Mortal Kombat X launches April 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions, however, have been delayed.

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