News Archive - January 2011
Gamasutra.com posted today an interview with the Mortal Kombat: Digital Series director, Kevin Tancharoen. In the interview he reveals interesting details about the creation of the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short movie and the creation of the upcoming digital series. From the interview:
“I am not the most technically savvy YouTube person,” Tancharoen tells Gamasutra in an interview. “What came out wasn’t the final product in my mind. I wasn’t done yet."
"It was still in its rough phase, but I couldn’t send a 2GB file over email, so my friend said I could create a private page on YouTube and sent it to him to review. It turns out it wasn’t that private.”
When he realized it was his film, his fears doubled: certain rights hadn’t been secured – including with his cast. “The actors could have quickly rebelled against me,” he says. “Thank God people liked it, because it could have gone really bad.”
Instead of rebelling, the cast rallied. White, Ryan, Ian Anthony Dale and the rest of the actors featured in the video are currently in negotiations to star in the digital shorts.
Tancharoen says there will be nine episodes in the MK live action series. Each will run for 7-10 minutes – and will explore the history of the characters in the game. (Some of the big characters, like Scorpion and Sub Zero might have their stories split into two parts.)
Click here to read the entire interview.
The Official Mortal Kombat (2011) Website has been updated and now includes a section about Liu Kang. His background story and render can be seen on the website too:
Orphaned at a very young age, Liu Kang was raised by Shaolin monks, who taught him the way of the spiritual warrior. They soon recognized his potential as a contender for the Mortal Kombat tournament and rigorously trained him for this task. Raiden, too, understood that Liu Kang was Earthrealm's best hope for freedom and introduced him to Master Bo' Rai Cho to further his development. Once fully trained, Liu Kang bested all challengers and earned the high honor of representing the Shaolin in the Mortal Kombat tournament. He and Raiden then embarked on their fateful journey to Shang Tsung's island to compete in this pivotal kontest.
After a leaked beta image of the European Kollector's Edition of Mortal Kombat (2011) appeared a couple of days ago, NetherRealm Studios has provided us with the final European Kollector's Edition poster. Both images can be found below (the first is the final image and the second is the beta one):
The European Kollector's Edition includes:
- Unique SteelBook Packaging
- Kollectible figure of Scorpion and Sub-Zero
- Exclusive Art Book: 112 pages describing The Art of Mortal Kombat
- Mortal Kombat inspired Avatar costumes (XBox 360)
- Exclusive in-game Retro Ninja Costume (On this image it is Ermac)
The long wait is over. Mortal Kombat has made it to the EVO Tournament. Mortal Kombat (2011) will be part of this years events, alongside BlazBlue: CS, Marvel VS Capcom 3, Super SFIV and Tekken 6.
Congratulations to the entire development team for this achievement.
GameStop.com has listed two strategy guides for the next Mortal Kombat game on it's website: Mortal Kombat Official Strategy Guide and Mortal Kombat Official Strategy Guide Collector's Edition are both being published by Prima Publishing and the differences between the two editions currently remain a mystery. Here you can see the covers:
From the description:
After centuries of Mortal Kombat, Emperor Shao Kahn has finally defeated Raiden and his allies. Faced with extinction, Raiden has one last chance. To undo the Emperor's victory, he must strike Shao Kahn where he is vulnerable...The Past.
* Making a big return to mature presentation and classic 2D fighting engine
* Captivating storyline that rewrites the history of the Mortal Kombat Tournament
* State-of-the art technology showcasing stunning 3D environments and characters
* Re-invigorating the franchise with new multiplayer components
* First fighting game to be displayed in Stereoscopic 3D
Click here to see the standard edition and here for the Collector's Edition.