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NetherRealm’s Community Team hosted another Kombat Kast livestream today, and once again it was packed with all sorts of new information related to Mortal Kombat X. This time…
The developers gave us our first look at Erron Black. The cowboy character has had a decent run in the Mortal Kombat X comic book, and now he has been officially confirmed as a playable character. Like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, who he is clearly modeled on, Erron Black is a gunslinger with a pair of revolvers and a surly attitude. Coincidentally, one of his variations is known as “Gunslinger,” which includes the Standoff Stance and multiple trick shots with his revolvers. Other variations include “Marksman” (Gains unique special attacks utilizing a Long Rifle) and “Outlaw” (Gains unique attacks utilizing a salvaged Tarkatan Arm Blade). Yes, it’s very possible that Erron Black stole Baraka’s arm and is using it as a sword. The Erron Black section of this Kombat Kast begins at 21 minutes in.
Fast forward to 35 minutes for an in-depth look at Liu Kang. Liu’s looking a little old here, but his variations help keep him young. “Dragon’s Fire” is most similar to the Liu Kang we know and love with Empowered Dragon Fireballs and a Flying Kick. “Flame Fist” switches out the Bicycle Kick for “bicycle punches” and gives Liu Kang the option of delivering heavier Shaolin Flame attacks. Finally, “Dualist” gives him the ability to switch between Light and Dark forms that heal or harm.
The third, and final, highlighted character of this Kombat Kast is Shinnok at 45 minutes in. Shinnok’s three variations include “Impostor” (he gains a Shang Tsung-like ability to steal an opponent’s Special Attack), “Bone Shaper” (gives him access to a variety of weapons made out of bone), and “Necromancer” (Shinnok gains control of a giant skinless arm).
Finally, the episode confirmed that players who can’t get the timing of a Fatality down will be able to earn Easy Fatalities so they can perform the finishers the franchise is famous for. Easy Fatalities can be unlocked at various points throughout the game, though players will be given three right from the start. Also, players who sign up for a WBPlay account will receive access to a free “Futuristic Raiden” skin. He looks like they yanked him out of Tron!
Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 14. A PS3/Xbox 360 version is also in the works and will be released sometime this Summer.
Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
With just a few weeks to go until Mortal Kombat X‘s April 14th launch, NetherRealm Studios has unveiled the game’s full-length television commercial. It’s mostly comprised of footage we’ve seen before, but it’s interesting to see NetherRealm ask “Who’s Next?” by traveling back to the past.
First, you’ll notice that the soundtrack blares to life courtesy of System of a Down’s 2001 hit, “Chop Suey.” But what you might not notice is that the Mortal Kombat X spot is also a modern riff on the very first commercial used to sell the series. The crowd, the urban setting, even some of the camerawork, can all be linked back to the infamous “Mortal Monday” commercial that was used to promote the console release of Mortal Kombat in 1993.
Mortal Kombat X will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 14. A mobile version for iOS and Android will also be released next month, and a version for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be available in the Summer.
The latest trailer for Mortal Kombat X, which was produced in conjunction with Maxim Russia for some reason, gives us our first look at Liu Kang in action… and he’s a zombie under the thrall of Shinnok! Oh no! Kung Lao is also a member of the walking undead after his resurrection by dark magic. Newcomer Kung Jin, Kung Lao’s descendant, is also featured in this “Shaolin Style” trailer.
I guess now we know how all those previously-dead kombatants will be able to take part in Mortal Kombat X. Though Kung Lao did look to be in complete control of his faculties in his debut trailer, so perhaps they get better.
Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 14. The title will also be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 this Summer.
UPDATE: An English-language version of the trailer has now been posted on the Mortal Kombat Community YouTube Channel.
Mortal Kombat X is about to get family-friendly as Mezco Toyz is now accepting pre-orders for plush dolls of Scorpion and Sub-Zero. The eternally-brawling pair will also be turned into bobbleheads, and action figures. The God of Thunder and Earthrealm’s protector, Raiden, will also get an action figure.
Both the bobbleheads ($16 each) and the plush dolls ($15) will be available in October. The action figures will be released in June as individual figures ($22 each) or in a three-pack ($66). You can begin throwing money at the screen to obtain any or all of these toys by visiting Mezco’s website.
I know my wallet suddenly feels a little bit lighter.
Tonight’s trailer for the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack confirmed that Jason Voorhees, The Predator, Tanya, and Tremor will be joining the game after release as downloadable add-on characters. But accompanying press release revealed that two other unannounced fighters, Liu Kang and Jax, will also be part of the main game.
Liu Kang’s involvement in the game is assured thanks to NetherRealm’s inclusion of a Klassic Liu Kang Skin as part of Klassic Pack #1. Jax will also receive a Klassic Skin (in Klassic Pack #2), but his bonus costume in the Predator/Prey Pack is the one that’ll get people talking. The Predator needs a nemesis and he’ll get one in the form of Dillon, the character played by Carl Weathers in Predator. Weathers will reprise his role as Dillon for the special Predator-Themed Jax Skin.
The complete contents of the Kombat Pack can be found after the break and mark your calendars, Mortal Kombat X is just a few short weeks away. PC, PS4, and Xbox One owners will be able to play it on April 14 while PS3 and Xbox 360 players will have to wait until the Summer. (more…)
After this morning’s Predator leak, NetherRealm Studios has decided to just roll with it and announce all four characters that will be added to Mortal Kombat X as part of the Kombat Pack Season Pass. In addition to Jason Voorhees and The Predator, the Kombat Pack will also give players access to two “Klassic Kombatants”: Tanya and Tremor.
Tanya made her first appearance in Mortal Kombat 4 and would later go on to appear in Deception and Armageddon. Clad in yellow, Tanya is often depicted as a rival to Jade (the Mileena to her Kitana, if you will).
Meanwhile, Tremor is a Black Dragon that has never appeared as a selectable character in any Mortal Kombat game. However, he was momentarily playable in the Challenge Tower of 2012’s Vita port of Mortal Kombat. Prior to that, his only appearance was in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces, a beat ‘em up spinoff released back in the PlayStation days. But a loyal fan following has finally made his big league call-up a reality.
The Kombat Pack is priced at $29.99, but it’s also included in every Mortal Kombat X special edition. Each character will also be available separately for those who aren’t interested in all four.
Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 14 with a PS3/Xbox 360 port to follow in the Summer.
Something tells me WB Games and NetherRealm Studios are rather angry with Microsoft right now. An Xbox.com listing for Mortal Kombat X‘s Kombat Pack Season Pass has confirmed that the Predator will be added to the game as a downloadable guest character:
Kombat Pack grants early access to four new playable characters and skin packs. Stalk and slash your opponents as Horror Icon Jason Voorhees, or play as Predator, the Ultimate Hunter. Two Klassic Mortal Kombat characters complete the offer. Each playable character comes with a themed skin pack including three new skins for select characters. Also includes The Samurai Pack available on April 14th 2015.
The Predator’s Mortal Kombat X cameo was first rumored back in February, though NetherRealm’s Creative Director, Ed Boon, teased an appearance from the dreadlocked hunter in July. Now that the Predator is official, we can all ponder what new tack NetheRealm will take on “If it bleeds, we can kill it!”
It’s unknown when the Predator will make his Mortal Kombat X debut (Jason Voorhees was previously described as “the first” DLC character), but the game itself will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 14. The game will also be released later this Summer on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
NetherRealm Studios hosted another “Kombat Kast” yesterday to pull the curtain back a bit more on Mortal Kombat X. Derek Kirtzic, Steve Brownback, and Tyler Lansdown covered a lot of ground in this episode, so let’s not waste any time…
At nine minutes in, we’re treated to our first extensive look at Mileena, including her three variations. Players who pick Mileena will be able to use “Ethereal,” which is heavy on teleportation tricks, “Piercing,” which will add unique sai attacks to her repertoire, and “Ravenous,” which drops the mask and lets Mileena make literal lunch out of her opponent.
At 19 minutes in, Takashi Takeda makes his Mortal Kombat X debut. Takeda is the son of Kenshi and pupil of Scorpion, so his fighting style borrows from both of them. His “Shirai Ryu” variation mimics Scorpion with teleports and his own take on the “Get over here!” spear. His second variation, “Lasher,” gives Takeda electrically-charged whips. And “Ronin” adds Kenshi’s penchant for swordplay to the character.
At 32 minutes in, the developers talk about game modes, including the re-introduction of Test Your Luck, a mode that adds “hundreds” of different modifiers to a fight, three-to-seven of which are chosen randomly before the fight begins. Kustom Kombat takes the randomness out of Test Your Luck by allowing players to choose which modifiers they’d like to use. The full list of modifiers was briefly shown, which hinted at a few unannounced characters including Kabal, Cyrax, Rain, Smoke, and Stryker. This quintet might not make it into the final game, but at the very least, their special moves will. The three develoeprs also confirmed that PS3 fight sticks will be compatible with the PS4 version of Mortal Kombat X during this segment. Sorry, Xbox One owners.
At 47 minutes in, the Kombat Kast shifted focus back onto another new character, Kung Jin, a descendant of Kung Lao. His three variations include “Ancestral,” which features powered-up arrow attacks, “Bojutsu,” which features staff-based attacks, and “Shaolin,” which adds a chakram throwing weapon to his arsenal.
Finally, at 59 minutes in, NetherRealm revealed the Quitality, a new kind of Fatality that explodes your opponent’s head if they quit on you in an online match. The Quitality is not meant to punish the person who quits, but rather, to give the person who stayed in the game a sense of satisfaction.
Mortal Kombat X is a little less than four weeks away and will be released on April 14 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A PS3 and Xbox 360 version will follow in the Summer.