Warner Bros. Interactive announced today via press release that the oft-rumored Mortal Kombat for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be arriving in 2011.
The game is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, but more importantly, it is being developed under the leadership of series creator Ed Boon.
According to the press release, the new version of Mortal Kombat will be more brutal, more gory, and will feature an “extensive lineup of the game’s iconic warriors.”
“The newest chapter of the iconic fight franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphs engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before.”
The press release also revealed that Mortal Kombat will feature “a number of new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game.”
According to Ed Boon, the game is a response to fan requests. “We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat,” said Boon. “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!”
We all remember the gruesome kills of Mortal Kombat, for many of us, probably seen and played when we were a bit too young. Eight years old, sitting in front of the Nintendo, kicking, punching, and finally ripping a guys’ head and spinal cord from his body. Fatality! It was an invigorating experience, and the thought of a new Mortal Kombat game is one that should have many gamers excited.
The move to create a new Mortal Kombat game was probably spurred on by the success of Street Fighter IV, which showed that gamers are still interested in fighting games, and specifically, in fighting franchises that have a history.
Mortal Kombat wasn’t just a successful game, it spawned a film series as well, and a new game in the series is absolutely a winning move from Warner Bros. Interactive.
The internet has already been hot with the rumors regarding a new Mortal Kombat game, which shows the interest gamers still have in the series. It will certainly need to provide something different from the old titles, but hopefully, like with Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat will feature a unique visual style that both recalls the old games while declaring clearly that it is a new product.
We’re looking forward to seeing what Mortal Kombat looks like and getting our hands on the title as soon as possible.