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Batman: Arkham Underworld, DC Comics Legends, Game of Thrones coming to mobile

wbgames-logoAfter yesterday’s Mortal Kombat X announcement, WB Games is ready to unveil a few more mobile titles they’ve got in development including a new Batman game, a DC Comics crossover, and yet another Game of Thrones adaptation.

Developed by Turbine, Batman: Arkham Underworld is a villain simulator that tasks players with building a hideout and recruiting an army of henchmen. Players can use this army of mooks to take over turf in Gotham and maybe even take on The Batman himself. A beta test is currently scheduled for later this year, and prospective players can sign up at the game’s official website.

On the other hand, DC Comics Legends is an RPG in development at WB Games San Francisco that will ask players to select a team of superheroes to do battle with an evil plot for world domination.

Finally, WB’s Game of Thrones game is currently untitled, but it too is in development at Turbine. It’s being described as a “combat strategy game” and players will have to “join an alliance, rise to power, and then try to take the Iron Throne.”

In addition to Mortal Kombat X, all of these games will join the previously announced Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham in WB’s upcoming mobile lineup. More details on all of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)

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A mobile version of Mortal Kombat X is also in development

In years past, NetherRealm’s mobile team has produced a scaled down version of Injustice: Gods Among Us, as well as fighting game spinoffs of Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins. Earlier this year, they turned WWE wrestlers into superheroes and supervillains for the similarly styled WWE Immortals. Today, the developer has confirmed that Mortal Kombat X will get the same treatment this April.

Like their previous efforts, the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X will be a free-to-play fighting/card-battler hybrid. Fatalities will definitely make the cut in the mobile version, as will X-Rays and the “iconic visceral combat” the franchise is known for. Mortal Kombat X on mobile will link up with the PC/console edition and players will be able to unlock content within each version by completing tasks and Achievements/Trophies in the other.

“NetherRealm Studios has created a Mortal Kombat X mobile experience that allows more players than ever before to play this over-the-top fighting game through their ever-present smartphones, tablets or other devices,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “What’s more, we’ve expanded the unique cross-connectivity feature that links the mobile and console versions of Mortal Kombat X, delivering unique rewards to all players for simply playing the mobile game.”

Mortal Kombat X will be available in April for all iOS (iPhone, iPad, iOS Touch) and Android devices.

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Mortal Kombat X adds Mileena and three entirely original characters in new Story Trailer

The Mortal Kombat franchise has always included an extensive backstory that chronicles a mythology involving hundreds of characters and stretching back several millennia. This April’s Mortal Kombat X will push the plot 25 years into the future as Mileena attempts to control Outworld in the aftermath of Shao Kahn’s defeat.

Previously, NetherRealm Studios said that this flash-forward would involve the offspring of several Mortal Kombat favorites including Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. In this new “Story Trailer,” we’ve learned that Cassie will lead a new generation of heroes against the forces of evil. This new generation, who will be mentored by the older generation, includes Jacqueline Briggs (the daughter of Jax), Takashi Takeda (the son of Kenshi), and Kung Jin (a descendant of Kung Lao). With the story in place, as you might have guessed, Mileena has also been confirmed as a playable character.

I’d definitely recommend watching the trailer more than once as its chock-full of little details like blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos from Sindel, Rain, and Shinnok as well as an unmasked (and human) Scorpion. At this time, it’s unknown if any of these kombatants will be added to Mortal Kombat X as playable characters.

Yesterday, NetherRealm released a separate Mortal Kombat X trailer confirming Brutalities, so be to check that out as well.

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NetherRealm is adding “more than 100″ Brutalities to Mortal Kombat X

As part of today’s “Kombat Kast,” NetherRealm Studios has confirmed that Mortal Kombat X will feature the return of Brutalities, the ultra-bloody finishers that were first included in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. However, unlike the extra-long mega-combos of old, these Brutalities more closely resemble the classic Fatalities found in the first three Mortal Kombat games. More than 100 Brutalities will be included in Mortal Kombat X, so expect each character to have at least two-to-three different ways to dispatch their opponent.

If you’re interested in learning how Brutalities work in Mortal Kombat X, I recommend watching the “Kombat Kast” above. But if you’d rather skip straight to the blood and guts, GameSpot has taken every Brutality shown during the “Kombat Kast” and re-edited them into a concise three-minute trailer.

Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 14. And expect the next character reveal, which might be Johnny Cage, to happen tomorrow.

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Latest Mortal Kombat X trailer includes all you ever wanted to know about Kitana

Steve Brownback is a Quality Assurance Analyst at NetherRealm Studios and he hosts this latest trailer for Mortal Kombat X. But before Mr. Brownback took a job at the Chicago-based developer, he was a professional gamer on the tournament fighting circuit with an expertise in 2011’s Mortal Kombat and the character of Kitana. And now as a developer, he’s directly influencing Kitana’s design including her three style variations (the defensive “Royal Storm,” the offensive “Assassin,” and the Jade-like “Mournful”). All that and more can be found in this trailer showcasing everyone’s favorite Edenian princess… wait, does Mileena count? Because that would shake up the rankings.

Mortal Kombat X will be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 14.

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Rumor: The Predator will join Mortal Kombat X as a guest character

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We’ve known for a while now that the inevitable expansion characters for Mortal Kombat X will include “at least one guest” (and NetherRealm confirmed as much again just two weeks ago). But exactly who these guests will be has been shrouded in mystery. But perhaps it was an invisibility cloak…

VideoGamer.com is reporting that an anonymous source has revealed that the Predator will be added to Mortal Kombat X as a playable character in an upcoming DLC pack. And get this… Carl Weathers’ CIA character from the same film, Colonel Al Dillon, will be joining him. If you’re going to include a character played by Carl Weathers, I would have preferred Apollo Creed, but this is rather interesting news all the same.

This isn’t even the first time that the Predator has been linked to Mortal Kombat X. Back in July, NetherRealm’s Creative Director, Ed Boon, retweeted a fan-made picture of Scorpion squaring off against the extraterrestrial hunter. Nor is this the first time the Predator has been include as a guest character in a popular game. Last year, the character was included as part of Call of Duty: GhostsDevastation Pack.

Mortal Kombat X will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 14. NetherRealm plans to reveal new characters right up until the game’s launch, so we might get an official Predator sighting sooner rather than later.

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New trailer details Weekly Faction Wars, Dynamic Challenge Towers in Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm has been slyly hinting at Mortal Kombat X‘s Faction War mode for a while now, but the game’s newest trailer finally laid it all out for us. When players first launch Mortal Kombat X, they’ll be asked to join one of five Factions (Lin Kuei, White Lotus, Brotherhood of Shadows, Special Forces, or Black Dragon). After that, everything they do in the game will earn points for their Faction in the weekly war.

Players will also be able to compete in inter-Faction challenges and perform “Faction Kills” on players that belong to a different Faction. About all we don’t know is what the winning Faction will receive every week.

The trailer also gave us a quick look at the new Dynamic Challenge Towers that will be included in Mortal Kombat X. According to NetherRealm, the Dynamic Towers can change hourly, so there will always be a new Challenge waiting to be conquered.

Mortal Kombat X will be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 14.

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Mortal Kombat X is getting four different special editions and Kombat Pack Season Pass

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WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have announced that four different special editions of Mortal Kombat X will be released this April, though completionists will be pleased to know that there’s a lot of overlap between each package. But first, the publisher and developer also confirmed that Mortal Kombat X will receive a Season Pass known as the “Kombat Pack,” which will include access to four add-on characters. It’s unknown if any new characters will make the cut, but both “Klassic Kombatants” and “Iconic Guest Characters” will be part of the Kombat Pack.

With that out of the way, here’s what each Mortal Kombat X special edition will include:

Kollector’s Edition By Coarse (PS4, Xbox One)

  • Price: $149.99
  • Exclusive Scorpion Figurine and Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Gold Scorpion Skin, inspired by the Coarse figurine
  • The Kombat Pack

Kollector’s Edition Imported From Europe (PS4, Xbox One)

  • Price: $179.99, available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon.com
  • Scorpion Statue
  • Exclusive Steel Pack and Steel Card
  • Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties Volume 1 Comic Book
  • Gold Scorpion Skin
  • The Kombat Pack

Limited Edition (PS4, Xbox One)

  • Price: $99.99, available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop
  • Cold War Scorpion Skin, this skin design is a collaboration between NetherRealm Studios and a fan artist from the MKKollective.com.
  • The Kombat Pack

Premium Edition (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

  • Price: $89.99, available only as a digital download
  • The Kombat Pack

Presumably, the Kombat Pack will be available to everyone after the game is released, though no announcement has been made at this time. And don’t forget, everyone who pre-orders the game will receive an additional playable character: Goro.

Mortal Kombat X will be released on April 14.

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