After a number of teases and speculation, NetherRealm Studios has confirmed Mortal Kombat 10 for a 2015 release.
For fighting game fans there are few titles with as illustrious a history as the Mortal Kombat games. After a highly successful reboot for the series with its 2011 release, Warner Bros. and developers NetherRealm Studios are hoping fans will jump at the chance to join their favorite fighters for another round with their latest entry in the series, currently titled Mortal Kombat 10 (or Mortal Kombat X, according to some product pages that have leaked.)
Not a whole lot of details have been released about the game’s expected content just yet, though if the recent teaser video and poster imagery are anything to go by, the intense combat and bloody fatalities that the series has become known for will be in abundance in the newest game.
(Warning: the trailer below is mature content for a reason.)
The team at NetherRealm Studios is not unfamiliar with fighting games. The team is home to many of the core staff who produced the original titles for Midway, including series creator Ed Boon. As NetherRealm Studios they have produced two highly regarded fighting games already: the Mortal Kombat reboot, as well as the lauded DC superhero fighting title Injustice: Gods Among Us. With such a history hopes are high that the team can deliver another outstanding game.
Current planned release platforms for Mortal Kombat 10 are the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Beyond a release date of 2015, no major details concerning the title have yet been made available to the public. Even the game’s roster has yet to be announced, though judging from the trailer it is likely that Scorpion and Sub Zero, at the least, will be included as playable characters in the final release.
Over the years the Mortal Kombat series has seen a lot of changes. With the addition of animalities, babalities, friendships, multiple fighting styles, dozens of fighters, and even quest modes to the games at various times throughout the series’ life, the sale of the series to Warner Bros. brought about a rebirth for the series as a whole. With the 2011 reboot the series returned to its roots, with a stripped down character list and a revamped fighting system that pared out a lot of the complication the system had developed over the years. It will be fascinating to see what changes the developers bring to Mortal Kombat 10 to make it stand out not only from its direct prequel, but from the older titles in the series.