Following up on yesterday’s news that a potentially brand new Mortal Kombat movie could well be in the works, comes an official announcement of a completely new game in the franchise. Coming to both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year is the currently self-titled ‘Mortal Kombat’, a game that delves deep within the series roots hoping to deliver the MK experience that fans have been waiting for since Midway threw out the rulebook with ‘Deadly Alliance’.
‘Mortal Kombat’ will feature a brand new graphics engine, an art style looking to continue right after MK4 left off - with some elements of later games, gruesome fatalities, and a complete overhaul of the classic 2D gameplay the series is known for. A deep and comprehensive story is promised, along with a cool 2 vs 2, 4-player tag team mode in which players battle it out in teams much like Marvel Vs Capcom.
Series co-creator Ed Boon excitedly stated: "We can't wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat," and added "This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!"
Despite the IP being purchased by Warner Bros last year, ED Boon and the rest of the series flagship development team remain at the helm with the newly re-named NetherRealm studios.
Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment commented: "We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play," also adding "Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand's legendary characters and fighting style."
A trailer for the game was released to go along with today’s announcement, and by all accounts the game is looking pretty damn good. Faithful, authentic, these aren’t the words associated with ‘Mortal’ and ‘Kombat’ in recent years, but all this looks to change.
We’ll be sure to follow this one closely.