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WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have announced that Mortal Kombat XL (and Kombat Pack 2) will be released for the PC on October 4.
Available for the PS4 and Xbox One since March, Mortal Kombat XL expands Mortal Kombat X with four new characters (The Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tri-Borg, and Bo Rai Cho), the Apocalypse Skin Pack, and all the previously released downloadable content that was part of the first Kombat Pack.
Like Mortal Kombat X’s original release, Mortal Kombat XL and the Kombat Pack 2 content will be ported to the PC by Qloc.
NetherRealm also plans to issue a free update for Mortal Kombat X on October 4, which will give players access to “all of the latest balance updates as well as the enhanced online experience, that was available in the recent beta test for the game.”
When NetherRealm Studios released Mortal Kombat XL (and the Kombat Pack 2 expansion) back in March, they skipped the PC even though the original Mortal Kombat X was released for the platform last year. At the time, there were “no plans” to bring the revision to the PC, but that appears to have changed, as an Open Beta for Mortal Kombat XL is currently available to download through Steam.
The “Online Enhanced Beta” will go offline at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, August 29. But until then, players can help NetherRealm “test improved online gameplay” and XL content like Tri-Borg, Bo Rai Cho, Leatherface, and the Xenomorph.
Presumably, the developer wants to iron out all the kinks in the PC version of Mortal Kombat XL, because as of today, no release date was announced for the updated one-on-one fighter.
After Freddy Krueger’s post-launch inclusion in Mortal Kombat was announced back in 2011, Creative Director Ed Boon revealed that when he was employed by Midway, his team considered including characters such as Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, and Michael Myers in a special horror movie-themed entry in the series.
With three-fourths of his wishlist now playable in 2011’s Mortal Kombat or Mortal Kombat X, Game Informer once again pitched Boon on a fighting game filled with “horror icons” ahead of last week’s E3 Expo, and the famed developer still seems into it:
When asked about the possibility of using this trend of guest characters to throw them all together in one big horror icon showdown, Boon was not dismissive of the idea. “Yes, yes! You know, as we’ve been accumulating them, that idea has been coming up more and more frequently,” he says. “You brought it up and a few other people have brought it up like ‘why don’t you do a horror movie fighting game?’ Maybe one day we’ll do it.”
It’s five years later and I’d still sell my soul to make this game become a reality.
What are you doing for the next two hours? Wait, don’t answer that yet. First, I want to draw your attention to the video embedded above, which features a replay of every Fatality ever performed in a Mortal Kombat game.
Compiled by YouTube user IZUNIY, the video includes hundreds of blood-soaked finishers, like Sub-Zero’s controversial “Spine Rip” from 1992’s Mortal Kombat, from the very beginning. From there, we jump through the many sequels, and all the Stage Fatalities, Animalities, Friendships, and Brutalities that were added to the franchise over the years. The compilation even includes the much gorier Fatalities from the four newest kombatants from the Mortal Kombat XL re-release.
So I ask again, what are you doing for the next two hours?
It has begun… umm… again! NetherRealm Studios added Mortal Kombat XL (Xbox One) to the Xbox Games Store today, which expands the original game with nine new characters, a packed closet of new costumes, and the return of “The Pit.” Players who already own 2015’s Mortal Kombat X can purchase the Kombat Pack and Kombat Pack 2 to get the full XL experience.
Also available today is Prison Architect: Xbox One Edition, the latest addition to the Xbox One Game Preview program. As you might expect from the title, players will design and operate their own prison, and whether its a quiet county lockup or a sprawling Super Max is entirely up to you.
More information on both of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
It’s time to bro wild with this week’s PlayStation Store update as the uber-American side-scrolling shooter Broforce is now available to download for the PS4. Developed by Free Lives, a South African-based team, Broforce is also available this month as a free download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. That’s a good deal, bro!
Also new to the PlayStation Store this week, and just as violent as Broforce, is NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat XL. A super-sized re-release of a fighting game that everyone loved on the PS4 last year, the XL version adds nine new characters, a ton of costume changes, and the return of “The Pit.”
Finally, Quantic Dream’s interlocking serial killer story, Heavy Rain, will make the jump from the PS3 to the PS4 this week. The remake will include improved visuals and more realistic lighting. And NIS America will put out their own upgraded re-release with The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition, a PS4 remake of an action RPG originally released for the PS3.
Beginning today, NetherRealm Studios will super-size 2015’s Mortal Kombat X with four new characters and the return of “The Pit.” The expanded re-release will be known as Mortal Kombat XL and it’ll include the original game, along with all the additional content available in the Kombat Pack and Kombat Pack 2. A brand new (and brutally violent) Launch Trailer for the game has been embedded above.
And in case you missed it, here’s everything you’ll get if you upgrade to Mortal Kombat XL (or purchase both Kombat Packs through the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store):
- Pre-Order Character: Goro
- Kombat Pack Characters: The Predator (from Predator), Jason Voorhees (from Friday the 13th), Tremor, and Tanya
- Kombat Pack 2 Characters: Xenomorph (from Alien), Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Tri-Borg, and Bo Rai Cho
- Never-Before-Released Costume Pack: Apocalypse Skin Pack
- Previously Released Costume Packs: Klassic Pack #1, Klassic Pack #2, Predator/Prey Pack, Ultimate Horror Pack, Samurai Skin Pack, Brazil Skin Pack, Kold War Skin Pack, and Kold War Scorpion Skin
Finally, NetherRealm also pushed out a free update to Mortal Kombat X’s online multiplayer today, promising a smoother online experience. So even if you’re skipping Mortal Kombat XL (or Kombat Pack 2), you’ve got something to look forward to.
It’s a big week for re-releases as Nintendo, NetherRealm, Ubisoft, and NIS America are all giving some of their biggest games a second shot at the spotlight.
Nintendo is likely on the verge of another console transition, but the jump from the GameCube to the Wii felt unique in that players were given two chances to experience latest Legend of Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princes was available for both platforms back in 2006, but now it’s back for its tenth anniversary as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U. In addition to the enhanced graphics implied by the “HD” branding, Twilight Princess HD will include a new Challenge Mode, a harder Hero Mode, and a beautiful Wolf Link Amiibo figure.
Another game getting an expanded re-release this week, though less than a year after its original launch, is Mortal Kombat X. Available this week for the PS4 and Xbox One, Mortal Kombat XL will add in all of the previously released downloadable content as well as the four new fighters from “Kombat Pack 2” (Alien‘s Xenomorph, Leatherface, Bo Rai Cho, and Tri-Borg).
NIS America will also jump onto the re-release train with The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition, a PS4 remake of an action RPG originally released for the PS3.
And finally, after making its PS4 and Xbox One debut last week, Ubisoft’s Stone Age adventure, Far Cry: Primal, will be released for the PC this week.
The rest of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)