is an upcoming fighting game currently in development by NetherRealm Studios. It is the tenth main title in the Mortal Kombat series, with a release scheduled for 2015.... read more
is an upcoming fighting game currently in development by NetherRealm Studios. It is the tenth main title in the Mortal Kombat series, with a release scheduled for 2015. The game is being developed for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and is expected to be ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by a third party.
Like previous entries in the series, Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game in which two players fight against each other using a variety of attacks, special moves, and gruesome Fatalities. The energy meter, first introduced in the previous Mortal Kombat game, once again allows players to perform techniques such as X-Ray moves, with some refinements made to the system. Similar to NetherRealm Studios' previous title, Injustice: Gods Among Us, fighters can now interact with the environment, bouncing off areas to reposition themselves or using parts of the environment as weapons. Each fighter now has three different variations, each featuring a different set of moves they can use during the match. For example, Scorpion features a "Ninjutsu" variation, in which he wields dual swords, a "Hellfire" variation, which relies more on fiery special moves, and an "Inferno" variation in which he can summon hellspawn minions to aid him in the fight. There are also plans for fully connected online functionality.
The game is said to include a new, original and non-linear storyline "showcasing some of the game's most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together." At E3 2014, it was confirmed that the story would begin at the end of the previous game and then eventually transition to twenty-five years into the future, placing emphasis on aged veterans, new characters and the next-generation offspring of the previous fighters.
Along with incumbents Scorpion and Sub-Zero, four new fighters were announced when the game was revealed: D'Vorah, an insect-like woman who controls insects; Ferra/Torr, a pairing consisting of an armored dwarf-woman and a giant masked brute; Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade; and Kotal Kahn, an Aztec-inspired "blood god" described by series creator Ed Boonas the new emperor of Outworld. According to Boon, the game's main antagonist will be a "surprise returning character." The return of Raiden was confirmed at EVO 2014. Before it was officially announced, GamePro Germany revealed thatKano would be another returnee.
NetherRealm Studios began publicly hiring for the eighth generation development in April 2012. In July 2013, a new Mortal Kombat game was announced to be in development and was said to be released alongside the film series' reboot in September 2015. At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Lance Sloan, producer of the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, confirmed the next Mortal Kombat game to be in production, and that there were intentions of a simultaneous release between the game and a new Mortal Kombat film.
In February 2014, actor Kiefer Sutherland revealed his involvement in this "huge game." According to the resume of Karen Strassman, who voiced Kitana and Mileena in 2011'sMortal Kombat, the game's working title was Mortal Kombat 2. The game's poster was leaked and an updated version of the series' iconic dragon logo was revealed on May 28, 2014. Series creator Ed Boon posted daily riddles on his Twitter account that constituted a countdown suggesting a June 2 announcement date, hinting at the game's title being Mortal Kombat X. One of the Twitter clues left by Boon teasing this title was the image of a Lincoln MKX emblem posted with the comment, "I wonder what the X stands for?"
On June 2, 2014, the title was indeed officially revealed as Mortal Kombat X, alongside an official reveal trailer featuring a fight between the iconic characters Scorpion and Sub-Zero. The game made its first public appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014, starting on June 10, where four new characters were revealed, apart from the two already revealed by the trailer. With over eleven million views, it was the third-highest viewed trailer on YouTube in the second quarter of 2014.
NetherRealm Studios themselves are working on only the PS4 and Xbox One versions. The game was stated to run at 1080p screen resolution display and 60 FPS, as well as to feature the most brutal Fatality finishing moves in the series. Boon said: "We have these meetings and everyone comes up with ideas for Fatalities. The ones that people say ‘there’s no way we can do that’ – they’re the first ones we work on."