GameSpot have posted an exclusive first look on the next Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Below is a part of the article:
Few hard details have been revealed so far about Shaolin Monks' gameplay or setting--the game looks to be a brawler-style action game, and it's a pretty safe bet that we'll be seeing plenty of places and faces from previous MK fighting games in this new action adventure. Mortal Kombat fans will notice Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Mileena, and the recently returned Baraka in the new screenshots, not to mention backgrounds like the portal and the tower from Mortal Kombat II. Interestingly enough, some screens show several Baraka-like characters fighting at one time. Perhaps we'll finally get some more background on Baraka's often-discussed race of Outworld mutants as Shaolin Monks' storyline unfolds.
The game will have both single-player and cooperative modes, and though the number of simultaneous players hasn't been revealed, it's worth noting that the screenshots don't seem to contain more than two classic characters onscreen at any one time. Like the recently released Mortal Kombat: Deception, Shaolin Monks will contain many backgrounds with interactive features like spiked ceilings, acid pits, and living trees (we appreciate the many nods to MKII that are apparently being included in the game). And of course, no Mortal Kombat game would be complete without a host of gory new fatalities.
The article also contains the first 8 screenshots of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
You can read the complete text of the article and see the screenshots here.
In another update GameSpot announced that Midway plan to release a new Mortal Kombat game every year:
The other big change to the Mortal Kombat series is its frequency. In a statement, Midway president David F. Zucker said a new game in the franchise would arrive each year. “Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is also our first step toward delivering something that Mortal Kombat fans have been calling for: a new game set in the Mortal Kombat universe every year," he said. "We are planning our Mortal Kombat release schedule with the expectation that we will deliver a new Mortal Kombat title annually.”
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Thanks to our site visitor Jeff Henry for the heads-up on this story.
As promised BradyGames updated the Official Mortal Kombat: Deception Guide. From their site:
Mortal Kombat Fans!
Here is the first of several updates. Download this PDF which contains information for all the unlockable items in the Krypt. Coming soon are the Fatalities and the Konquest walk through.
Thank you for your patience.
- The BradyGames Team
Click here to download the update.
Figures.Com posted the following information on the upcomming Mortal Kombat Deception Action Figures:
Fall TF 04: Jazwares, Inc Announces Mortal Kombat: Deception Figures
Prepare for Fatalities in Spring/ Summer 2005!
Jazwares, Inc. announced today it has acquired the toy license to create 6” figures from the new MidWay fighting game, Mortal Kombat: Deception. The first series is set to include four figures. Three were on display in early prototype form (no photography): Raiden, Scorpion and Sub-Zero.
Each figure is set to include 30+ points of articulation and will feature highly detailed sculpting. Future series are planed to include all of the twenty-plus characters from the hit video game.
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The german website GameFront posted a news based on the Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks article that appeared in the latest issue of GameInformer. Below are both, the original text (in German) and the translation I made for Mortal Kombat Secrets:
Erste Infos zu Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
17.10.04 - In der Game Informer befinden sich erste Infos zu Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks von Midway, das im September 2005 für PlayStation2 und Xbox in den USA erscheinen soll.
Mit der Entwicklung wurde Paradox Development (X-Men: Mutant Academy) beauftragt. Es handelt sich weniger um ein Prügelspiel, sondern mehr um eine Art Action/Adventure. Die Handlung lehnt sich an die ersten Teilen der Serie an. Geheim-Charaktere wie Smoke und Ermac sind geplant, Raiden wird der Sprecher sein.
Kooperatives Spielen soll möglich sein, klassische Mortal Kombat-Charaktere und Bosse sollen aufreten. Der Hauptcharakter wird 10 Fatalities beherrschen, die man gegen die Bosse einsetzt. Außerdem gibt es die Schlagvarianten 'Brutalities' und 'Team Fatalities'.
Das Angriffssystem soll sich in mehrere Richtungen ausrichten, so dass man mühelos zwischen mehreren Angreifern wechseln kann. Zu den Feinden gehören auch die Druiden aus einem Portal Level einer früheren Episode.
Die Hintergründe sind weitgehend interaktiv, neue Versionen des 'Dead Pool' und der 'Living Forest' sind bereits bestätigt. Außer Kämpfen soll es auch das Springen auf Plattformen und Puzzlelösen geben.
Etwa 30 Prozent des Spiels werden geheim sein: Nur wenn man als Sub-Zero spielt, muss man gegen Ermac kämpfen - ansonsten nicht. Im Kampf erhält man Erfahrungspunkte, wodurch man seinen Helden mit Spezialattacken aufrüsten kann (Danke an gamer247365).
The most important from this article in English.
- Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks will appear in September 2005 for both PlayStation 2 and X-Box
- MK: SM will be an Action/Adventure game
- The game will bring you back in the time of the first games
- Secret characters as Smoke and Ermac are planned
- Raiden will be the one who will tell the story
- Multiplayer will be possible
- Boss characters will also be part of this game
- The main character will have 10 fatalities
- Brutalities and Team Fatalities will be available too
- The Shadow Priests will most probably be also available as enemy in this game
- Some of the old arenas will return (Dead Pool and Living Forest)
- 30% of the game will be secrets (for example: You can fight again Ermac, only if you play as Sub-Zero)
- During the game your character will increase his Experience Points, just like in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero
Note: This is an information that do not comes direct from Midway, so mistakes are possible and we are not responsible for them.
Thnks to our site visitor steve for the heads-up on this story.
GameSpot has updated their Mortal Kombat: Deception media section with one more movie, called Tips & Tricks 1. In it you can see where some of the hidden arenas, costumes or fighters are.
Click here to watch or to download the movie.
Thanks to our site visitor Juggernaut for this news.