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WB Unveils  Mortal Kombat  For 2011
WB Unveils Mortal Kombat For 2011
June 10, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

June 10, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
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Warner Bros. says it's aiming for a "triumphant return" for the Mortal Kombat franchise, announcing a new fighter that promises to up the ante on the franchise's famous brutality.

The title, simply called Mortal Kombat, is headed to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. With WB's acquisition of bankrupt Midway's assets and the Chicago studio that had acted as the hub for the MK property, the publisher also seems to have changed the studio's name to "NetherRealm Studios", a nod to one of the stages in the franchise.

The team remains under the leadership of Ed Boon, franchise creator and creative director, who calls the project "a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!"

While the franchise originally became notorious for its gore and violence when it arrived in arcades in 1992, the most recent Midway installment, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, toned down the brutality for a Teen rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Midway said that the 2008 title shipped 1.8 million units in its first several weeks of availability.

Not only will the new game aim to revive classic features in the franchise, it also promises new features, including "the deepest story mode of any fighting game", and numerous different competitive modes.

The hybridization of classical elements with modern ones was the same strategy Capcom recently took with its successful full-scale revival of its rival Street Fighter property.

"We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play," says WBIE president Martin Tremblay. "Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brandís legendary characters and fighting style."


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Christopher Totten
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This announcement is very well timed with that MK movie pitch trailer getting so much internet attention...

Guillermo Romero
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Woah woah woah now@ Andre Thomas! There was a time when the SFII machines were collecting dust in my neighborhood because everyone was ripping each other's heads off in MK I and II. Now given, it hasn't had the same amount of notoriety and great gameplay it once had, but MK vs DC was definitely a step in the right direction. If they keep it up, I think they'll have another hit on their hands.



@Christopher: Yeah, I feel they might just be riding that wave and weren't planning to announce anything until E3. Or it's just coincidence =p

Fiore Iantosca
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MK2 was one my top 3 favorite arcade games. I wanted to buy a physical arcade of that years ago!



I agree MK vs DC is a step in the right direction, but fighting games are a tough sell today

Scott Volkmer
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i just watch the trailer for the new MK game and i can wait to play it.

Chris Thomas
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I hope this is a good MK game. A good MK game could spark competition with other fighting games.

Matthew Cooper
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This is great news. I wasn't a fan of the direction the 3D games were taking.

Juan Manuel Serruya
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Great news!

Dave Smith
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sounds like a good way to restart that old SF/MK rivalry.

Rodolfo Camarena
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As a competive gamer in the fighting game genre I can honestly say, and with most of the fighting game community agreeing with me, that MKII was by far the best Mortal Kombat game, with UMK3 being the best for and most played on a copetitive level.



As a former GameStop Manager, MK vs DC didn't do as well I would have liked, but I knew right away when I played it, it was missing something that customer and other players wanted. People expect it to be more 'traditional'. The fighting game engine was pretty decent in UMK3. Perhaps their R&D could hit up a few fighting game forums to get suggestions for their next title if they want it to become successful.



I buy every game in the franchise because I love the series. Where is John Tobias? Bring him back, please! MK vs DC wasn't a bad game, and people loved the cross over with the DC universe, but MK needs to go back to its core roots. Don't recreate the fighting engine, improve on it and make adjustments where it is desperately needed. For that... hit the net WB. Hopefully the next MK game will be a great success.

Marc Bell
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The game trailer looked pretty good. Seems to be more of a return to its roots (MK 1 and 2) than the later, not so good games. If they can manage to find the magic again like Capcom did with SF4, they could have a big hit on their hands. Granted, that's a big ask. I still think it's miraculous what Capcom did with SF4. I honestly never thought anyone could make a game feel like the old games yet feel completely new all at the same time.



"a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!"



Ed has trouble understanding what the old MK fans want and liked in the original games. Yes, mature presentation and reinvented 2D fighting, but no to the 'most gruesome fatalities ever!'. Gore may have attracted the gamer initially to the game but they stayed for the gameplay, atmosphere and characters. The problem with the MK franchise is that they kept making the game sillier and sillier with every new release until people just thought it was ridiculous and no longer cared. He seems to not understand that 'mature' does not mean 10 different ways to split a head in half.

Joshua King
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MKII on the arcade machine was the best and last good MK in my humble opinion. It was an exciting time back then as a teen attempting to dominate on an arcade machine at your local Fish N Chip shop. I am definitely excited by a prospect of another good version. I still have to get an arcade controller before I can enjoy SFIV on my 360 I reckon.

Joshua Sterns
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I agree with a lot of the comments and want to add one thing. Can we get a MK without that crappy jump mechanic? For lack of a better description, I'd love to see a MK that mimics some BlazeBlue/Guilty Gear movements.



I've always been a fan of the series. Mostly because of the characters, and a bit by the first movie. Ryu never froze anyone, and Guile sure as hell didn't rip off his face to burn someone. :)

Ismael Escandon
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@Josh - I can't agree with you on your blazeblue/Guilty gear movements - that would lead WB and Ed down a road of a bunch of dumb gamers saying "Oh man its totally like ---- game or ---- game " and I really don't think thats what they need right now.



I saw the trailer, to me it seemed very awesome and fresh going back to their roots on the game I also saw some lvl designs of the old school game.



@ Marc I think you hit the nail on the head I have the same thought on what they should do and how Ed messed up the MK series.



I do own MK Vs Dc - One thing about that game is that I just cant' take it seriously.. and Scorpion is so broken the games not even fun for others ;)

Fiore Iantosca
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@Rodolfo - YES ON MK2



TOASTY!

Benjamin Marchand
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TOASTY !


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