Next Gen consoles are next!
After a string of rumours and teasers many from Ed Boon himself, Mortal Kombat X has finally been revealed amidst Forza Horizon 2 and Homefront: The Revolution. With nothing to go by apart from tentative 2015 release date and what looks to be a pre-rendered Kombat trailer pitting iconic characters Sub-Zero and Scorpion against one another, we’ll wait until E3 next week for more information and footage of the game.
For now, let’s see what we can get from this announcement trailer.
1: X-Ray moves are back
Introduced in Mortal Kombat 9 back in 2011 which acted as a reboot of the franchise, X-Ray moves seem to be back in action and fully powered by next-gen consoles, let’s hope they’re as brutal as the image below. X-Ray moves added a whole new layer or brutality to the Mortal Kombat series.
Getting close to an opponent and seeing the expression on their face when you’d crush their bones with kicks or weapons and seeing the point of impact was a thing of beauty. Let’s hope other features make a comeback such as breakers, which was first introduced in Mortal Kombat: Deception.
2: Interactive environments
Injustice: Gods Among Us featured interactive environments where players could change the location of the fight by triggering a certain attack at various point of the level or using various items within the level to their advantage. It seems this is carrying over to Mortal Kombat X where we see Sub-Zero snap off a branch from a nearby tree and turn it into ice, proceeding to attack Scorpion with it. Whilst it’s not as new to the series as X-Ray attacks as this functionality has been featured to a similar effect in earlier entries with picking up an opponents weapon, it’s nice to see NetherRealm catching up with the times.
It is not confirmed however if the environmental changes seen in Injustice will be in Mortal Kombat X, but we’ll wait and see.
3: Old characters or new roster?
In Mortal Kombat 9, the Younger Sub-Zero is captured by the Lin Kuei in the altered timeline created by Raiden and turned into a cyborg as per the Grandmasters cyborg initiative. In the trailer, it seems that Sub-Zero is human again.
Could this be hinting that this is another new Sub-Zero or part of a different timeline, we have no idea. But if we’re looking at another new person being Sub-Zero, I’m all for either a new set of characters with some old in Mortal Kombat X OR let’s go back through the roster and bring back some characters from past games that have taken a back seat over the years.
I’m looking at you, Shinnok.
4: Real time damage
Real time damage is back and powered by the PS4 and Xbox One, I cannot wait to see how far NetherRealm take it. In Mortal Kombat 9, players could see torn flesh and characters eye swaying during matches. Near the end of the trailer, we can see Sub-Zero’s face has been slashed open on the left cheek bone and prior to that both Scorpion and Sub-Zero are sporting some mean cuts.
With ripped clothes and both bleeding from different limbs, there’s no doubt MK X will be the goriest Mortal Kombat ever.
5: Scorpion is of course, a bad-ass
It looks like NetherRealm are looking to cement the fact that Scorpion is the better fighter in this duel between two of the most iconic characters in Mortal Kombat with MKX. During the fight when it seems that Sub-Zero has the upper hand, Scorpion out-fights him and gains momentum. Sub-Zero just can’t seem to catch a break.
Poor guy. Considering Scorpion killing Sub-Zero is canon, it’d still be nice to see Subbie Wubbie come out on top.
6: Mortal Kombat has a strong relationship with various music genres
Reptiles industrial techno/trance theme which featured in the Mortal Kombat movie is possibly the most iconic music from the franchise apart from its theme song or the courtyard theme which was re-mastered in MK9. In Mortal Kombat 9, Reptile’s theme was produced by Skrillex, and thus MK9 ushered in dubstep along with drum and bass tracks which represented each character.
The announcement trailer features an original track by Wiz Khalifa titled “Can’t Be Stopped”, but I hope that’s as far as it goes. I know when it comes to actual Kombat, the last thing you want to be distracted by is a full length 3 minute song. Let’s hope that NetherRealm go back to the old industrial techno sounds and heavy guitar riffs of old whilst finding new and creative ways to introduce new music to the franchise.
7: No Bill Goldberg
I must say, I’m extremely disappointed that with the ‘Who’s Next’ tagline, there’s no mention of Bill Goldberg at all with the Mortal Kombat X announcement. With 173 straight wins under his belt during his time at WCW and coining the ‘Who’s Next” tagline after his 75th/76th straight win, it’s a no brainer that Bill Goldberg would easily be able to wipe the floor with Scorpion and Sub-Zero. One spear from Goldberg would render them both useless, not to mention it would make for one mean fatality. There’s still time to announce Goldberg as a character for the game, heck even as DLC, I’d buy him.
Check out the key art and box art that were released shortly after the games trailer.