News Archive - June 2010
The Brazilian website IG published a article about the upcoming Mortal Kombat, based on what the author, Gus Lanzetta, saw on E3. He even had the chance to talk with producer Hector Sanchez who revealed that Shang Tsung and Raiden are going to be playable in the next Mortal Kombat game and that the Sub-Zero who we have seen is actually the classic one. He is Sub-Zero we saw in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and in Mortal Kombat 1 (1992).
We recently discovered that the summer 2010 issue of the Electronic Gaming Monthly will actually have two different covers. The one with Sub-Zero, which we already saw and one with Raiden. Here are the two covers:
A small preview featured in the latest digital issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly shows a picture of Sektor currently fighting on The Temple or The Church which originally debuted in Mortal Kombat 3:
Visit Electronic Gaming Monthly for more information.
As we already mentioned in an earlier updates, fellow Mortal Kombat fan site and our affiliate Kamidogu.com was present on this years E3 and was able to interview two of the members of the development team: Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon and art director Steve Beran.
In his Interview Steve Beran talks about the challenges which the team had to face while redesigning the characters and the backgrounds for the game. He also gives some behind the scenes information on X-Ray mode.
Russian Mortal Kombat fan site MK Server has released images from two arenas from the upcoming Mortal Kombat game: The Living Forest and The Pit 2. The second one we have already seen, but the first is brand new:
A couple of days ago Hector Sanchez revealed on his twitter page that the MKast is going to make a return very soon. For those of you who did not follow the development of Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe I should probably say that MKast was a series of 30-minutes podcasts, hosted by Hector Sanchez and Hans Lo. The series discussed the development of the game and also saw some great guests, including Ed Boon, John Tobias, Jimmy Palmotti and Shaun Himmerick:
The fact that E3 is over doesn't necessarily mean the end of the information. On the contrary, a lot of new things including reviews, interviews and movies might appear online even a couple of days after the expo has closed its doors.
If you want to only see the Fatalities from the clips, then there they are:
Now for those of you who prefer to look at the things in detail, we have 50 still images from the gameplay footage. We grabbed of course the most interesting moments:
Another great news comes from our affiliate Total Mortal Kombat who had the chance to take an amazing interview from Ed Boon. The video is now online so hurry up and watch it, right here.
Another two great interviews come from GiantBomb and Destructoid. Watch them here:
Looking to read some more articles about the game. Take a look here:
- GiantBomb: Mortal Kombat Cuts Down To The Bone
- Kotaku: The New Mortal Kombat Cuts Deeper Than Ever Before
For more information about the new Mortal Kombat visit our game's section.
Now this is going to take a while. We have so much things we want to tell you about. The information, the multimedia and the enthusiasms are all flying around ever since this year's E3 opened its doors. The fact that the new Mortal Kombat was not playable for everyone didn't stop the fans to get what they want, tons of information. In fact if I start publishing the separate stories the first one will land of the main page, before I have finished with the last one. This is why I will post everything in one huge news article and I will publish as I write, so keep pressing F5.
A lot of information about the game has been uncovered during E3. Scorpion for once has finally made his appearance and ended the worries of many fans about not being included in the game. I hope that we will now stop receiving Mails, PMs, YouTube and Skype messages from worried and/or angry fans who asked why he is not in the game, because well... he is.
A beta version of the select screen of the game has been shown at E3. The select screen contains 26 character boxes + 1 random box + 1 box for DLC. If you sum the number of the fighters in the games Mortal Kombat 1 - Mortal Kombat 3 you will get a number near 26 (+ 1 or 2, because there might be a discussion about several character). And with Ed Boon confirming that the team is focusing on the Mortal Kombat 1 - Mortal Kombat 3 characters I believe we already know who most of the characters in the game are going to be. But, Scorpion is currently the only newly confirmed character.
The following two screenshots appeared on the Internet, confirming everything I just wrote. The original source of the images remains unknown to us (if you are reading this, contact us, and we will give you the deserved kredit). The Main Menu screenshot first appeared on Russian Mortal Kombat fan site MK Server while the one with the select screen was first shown on fellow Italian Mortal Kombat site and our affiliate Inside MK. The version of the screenshots that you see on our site is slightly different, because I allowed myself to enhance them, by correcting size, proportions, colors, ... for your viewing pleasure. So enjoy:
The characters that you can see on the Select screen are: Scorpion, Mileena, Reptile, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Nightwolf and Sektor.
During an interview made by GameSpot Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon reveals a lot new details and gives important information on the story line of the game. This will start at the end of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and will involve time travel and a lot of the events from the first three Mortal Kombat games will be retold. But see it for yourself:
Click here to read GameSpot's Hands-On article.
In another preview, this time from IGN a lot more details are given about the story and the Super bar. From the article:
We're also talking about a new take on the series' story. "Mortal Kombat has this timeline - eighteen years of making games, and we really didn't want to just continue, like, chapter seventeen of the whole story," says Ed Boon, the co-creator of the series. "So we're kind of doing a Back to the Future type of thing, where Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn, and just before he delivers the last blow, he sends a mental message to his earlier self, so the camera rewinds back to Mortal Kombat 1. The Raiden from back then gets a message and he doesn't know what's going on, but he knows something bad's going to happen, and the game spans Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3, retelling the story with an enlightened Raiden, and he's changing the course of things, so everything you've seen happen before – Liu Kang winning, the guys turning into cybernetic ninjas, are changed around, so you might see a character become cybernetic who wasn't before, and so you see a different version [of events]."
Sounds interesting, doesn't it. lets see now what the preview has to say about the Super Bar and a new X-Ray feature:
Powering the gameplay system is a Super meter that functions much as you'd expect. It's a three segment bar, and different moves use different numbers of segments. An enhanced special, for instance, uses a single segment. Enhancing a super basically gives it more oomph. Reptile's slimy green projectile gets much larger, while Kung Lao's spinning hat changes from horizontal to vertical, embedding itself in his opponent's chest.
The Super bar also ties into tag team. In tag team games you can instantly swap with a partner, or you can tag them in to assist with an attack. You can do the former at any time, but the latter will cost you a segment. This stops people from abusing the system, but still leaves things open for crazy tag combos.
Of course, the real jewel in the crown of the Super system is that when it's full you have the chance to do an 'X-Ray attack' (this may not be the final name by the way – it's mostly descriptive at this point), where your character does a sequence of devastating slow motion punches and/or kicks, and the impacts are shown in x-ray vision. Y'know, so you can see the bones shatter.
The Super meter also helps players turn the tide of a battle. Sure, it builds whenever you do a special move, but it also builds when you take damage. So the more you're getting wailed on, the quicker you'll be able to respond with an X-Ray move.
For the rest of this amazing preview you will have to click here.
The impressions of the others
We already gave you links to a couple of previews and hands-on, but now we continue exactly in this direction:
Visit the forums of our affiliate TRMK and read the impressions of a fan who was at E3.
Also click Wildgunmen to read the first fmpressions of Aaron Chatha over at Wildgunmen. A lot of interesting information and fatality images in this one.
Now, the Fatlities...
The Fatalities in the game are promised to be the most bloody and brutal ones and... they are.
The first complete Fatality that the fans were able to see was Kung Lao's Body Split Fatality. It was shown during Sony's presentation of the 3D games for PlayStation 3. Yep, the new Mortal Kombat will have a 3D mode on PlayStation 3. GameTrailers have the clip from the presentation on their website. Click here to watch it. To save you the time we cut just the Fatality and we can see it right here:
ScrewAttack has uploaded an amazing hands-on video that not only reveals some details about the game but shows the Fatalities for most of the currently announced characters. Here is the video:
Non E3 Stuff
The following two images are actually not from E3 but they are just as great as the info that we receive from the expo. Lets see them:
The first image is from the next (239) issue of the returning Electronic Gaming Mounthly Magazine. it was originally posted here.
The second image is an image of the Pit 2 arena from the new Mortal Kombat. It was published on fellow Luxembourgian Mortal Kombat fan site Mortal Kombat Universe. Check it out.
Who is on E3
Unfortunately we couldn't be there due to a lot of different reasons. But two of our Affiliates are. Check the exclusive E3 coverages of:
- Total Mortal Kombat
Because it is one think when you hear about the game from the press, but it is a whole other thing when you hear about it from a real fans.
The french website GameKyo has published its first photos from this years' E3. Two of the are of an advertisement of the new Mortal Kombat:
Click here to see the rest of the photos over at GameKyo.
Asylum has published an exclusive interview with actor Michael Jai White who played the role of Jackson Briggs in the recently released short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. In the interview the actor from Spawn talks about his involvement in the first two feature films and in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and explains how they were going to show Jax's Metal Arms in the short. Definitely a must read material for the fans of the short film. From the interview:
In Chapter 1: E3 Starts Right of GameTrailers TV's E3 All Access series you can see a digital version of the Mortal Kombat's E3 booth. If you look close enough you may notice that Kung Lao is slicing the body of his opponent from the head down with his hat:
Click here to to watch the video at GameTrailers TV.
CraveOnline: The entire internet was a buzz about this trailer that leaked out today. Can you set the record straight and give us the scoop on what it is for?
Matt Mullins: It has been really cool to see all of the buzz about the short. The truth is, the short is about showing a vision of what the next Mortal Kombat movie can be. I think it is a very well thought out concept that pays homage to the video game and its fans. The attention to detail and the little elements added will set this film apart from all the other films.
CraveOnline: How did you become involved in the project?
Matt Mullins: I had known Kevin for about 5 years, but I never had a chance to work with him. A few months I got a call from Kevin about being involved in a short that he was planning to shoot. He sent me the script and I was blown away. When I sat down to meet with him, and he explained his vision, I was so excited to be involved and could not wait to start.
CraveOnline: How do you think this version will be better from previously released remakes?
Matt Mullins: I think this new vision has a very fresh look at the franchise and brings it the movie back to the gritty and violent nature that made Mortal Kombat game so popular. Kevin is very passionate about the project (as the rest of us are) and this short is only a taste of things to come.
Click here to read the entire interview at Crave Online.
Collider.Com has posted an exclusive interview with Mortal Kombat: Rebirth director Kevin Tancharoen in which he talks about what he would like to do in a feature film. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Probably the most important part of the interview is where the director explains his vision and the whole part of the Mortal Kombat mythology, mysticism and Special Moves in a possible next Mortal Kombat feature film with him in the director's chair.
The excitement of the director about the project is really admirable, but I will let you read the interview on your own now.
Click here to read the entire interview at Collider.Com.
The wait is over! Watch the first official Mortal Kombat 9, actually it is just Mortal Kombat now, trailer:
That is correct the game has finally been announced by Warner Bros and Netherrealm Studios.
The game is a complete reboot of the franchise to re-establish it with Warner Bros.
“We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand’s legendary characters and fighting style.”
“We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”
That's right, and you can see it from the trailer too, the gameplay of the game will be in 2D with incredible 3D graphics.
In the announcement trailer we see only well known fighters:
- Shao Kahn and Raiden
- Kung Lao
- Johnny Cage
A few addition characters are shown as parts of the arenas but not shown as playable:
- Kenshi, Daegon and Reiko on the Pit II arena
- Shang Tsung sitting on the thrown on The Throne Room arena
- Kira and Li Mei on Kahn's Arena
Currently confirmed battle arenas are:
- The Pit II (from Mortal Kombat II)
- Kahn's Arena (from Mortal Kombat II)
- The Deadpool (from Mortal Kombat II)
- The Throne Room (from mortal Kombat 1)
- Rooftop with industrial background (probably new arena)
- The Bridge (or at least it looks like it, from Mortal Kombat 3)
- The Living Forest (from Mortal Kombat II)
New feature will be include Tag Team battles and Co-Op in Arcade mode.
Stay tuned for more info! We will update this new with images really soon. An update of our Mortal Kombat 9 section is also coming.
But for now, click here to visit the official website of Netherrealm Studios and here to visit the official website of the new Mortal Kombat.
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Two days ago a mysteries 8 minutes video clip appeared on YouTube. It has the title Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. It was uploaded with absolutely no additional information and caused a tremendous confusion and excitement both, among the fans and the press. Theories started to fly around the internet that this is a trailer for the third movie or even a trailer for Mortal Kombat 9. The fact that the video shows real and well known actors only helped things get developed in this directions. The situation became a lot more clear when actress Jeri Ryan who plays FBI Agent Sonya Blade in this video posted the following messages on her Twitter page:
Here is some cast and crew information:
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Jackson Briggs: Michael Jai White
Scorpion: Ian Anthony Dale
Johnny Cage: Matt Mullins
Baraka: Lateef Crowder
Sonya Blade: Jeri Ryan
We also made a few screencaptures from the Full HD version of the video to show you all the characters that appeared in this video.
Click here to visit the YouTube channel of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
Thanks to Infierno4551, Darkness Rain, goran.snd, Michael Simpson and all the others who contacted us with information on this story.
You might have noticed that we havent posted a lot of news lately. There are several reasons why.
One of the reasons for not having any news on Mortal Kombat 9 is simply the fact that there is almost nothing to report. The next Mortal Kombat hasn't even been officially announced yet. Here is what we know so far:
The news about the next Mortal Kombat movie have always been the same, ever since 1998, when Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released: nothing concrete, someone says something, then time passes and nothing happens.
Vincent Proce released 4 images on his personal blog. These images come from an idea of re-imagining the Mortal Kombat franchise, an idea he pitched to the studio when he was still working for Midway. For those of you who do not know Vincent Proce is an artist, who has worked on Mortal Kombat VS. DC Universe. Here is what he wrote:
These are the only four characters I designed and presented with the pitch. The game idea isn't going to happen now that I no longer work there. I still would like to one day redesign all the rest of the original characters if I ever find the time.
And indeed he did, at least one more is out:
Hello folks, I promised that I would try and complete the other five characters from the original Mortal Kombat when I found some time and yesterday I did. Here is Sub Zero how I envision him. I haven’t worked out much of his back story other than that he was a part of the Way of the Frost Dragon, an honorable secret society of warriors that were direct enemies with the ninja organization Scorpion was a part of before he was killed by Shang Tsung (disguised as Sub Zero).
Over time I will try and draw the rest of them.
I can only add here: "We sure hope, you do."
Visit Vincent Proce personal website and his blog. Here are also the links to the two blog posts: post 1, post 2.
After Midway, the company that has been developing the Mortal Kombat Franchise for almost 18 years went out of business due to huge financial troubles, part of it, Midway Chicago and the entire Mortal Kombat franchise, was sold to Warner Bros. This did not affect the development of the next Mortal Kombat game. The new Mortal Kombat, which is currently just been called Mortal Kombat 9, is been developed by the same team that developed all previous games of the series.
The 21st issue of our Kombat Kolumns has been released. The PSP fans should be quite happy with this new article as ded_ reviews the only 3D Mortal Kombat game that was released for Sony's Portable console, Mortal Kombat: Unchained.
Click here to read the newest issue of Kombat Kolumns.
Warning: Some of the links on the pages in the news archive may be broken, because the news are old and some of the sites have updated their database and probably they have deleted the linked files.
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