The latest instalment of the infamous fighting series, officially titled Mortal Kombat X, was revealed this week and is set for release in 2015.
Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon was very active on Twitter recently, becoming more and more blatant with his teases for an upcoming announcement. It began with a cryptic countdown that eventually devolved into something much less subtle.
Hmmm… I wonder what the X stands for ? pic.twitter.com/qDq5LvK4vs
— Ed Boon (@noobde) May 18, 2014
Considering Boon’s integral role in the MK series, and the fact that he’s almost exclusively worked on Mortal Kombat throughout his career, there was very little doubt about the subject of the imminent announcement. To further solidify the assumption, there have been nine (Roman numeral IX) official Mortal Kombat games released to date.
Well the countdown is over and Ed Boon has delivered on his telegraphed promise with a slick teaser trailer from NetherRealm Studios for Mortal Kombat X showcasing Scorpion and Sub-Zero fighting in a snow-swept forest.
From the game’s official website:
“Fueled by next-gen technology, Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever. For the first time ever, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. And with a new fully-connected gameplay experience, players are launched into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.”
From the blurb above it seems there will be some new elements to Mortal Kombat X, including new characters and a specific focus on online multiplayer. The teaser seems to imply the return of features such as character-specific weapons and the X-Ray mechanic that brutally depicts fractures and internal bruising from devastating hits.
The trailer is beautifully rendered, however it doesn’t show any real footage. Rumors that Mortal Kombat X would be a next-gen only game appear to be false, with confirmation coming from NetherRealm that the game will launch on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. An exact release date for MKX has not been disclosed, but the teaser promises a 2015 launch.
Whether or not Wiz Khalifa, who is featured rapping in the trailer, will be playable in the game remains to be seen.
Images: Warner Bros./NetherRealm Studios