It was another scoop from our friends in Russia, this time a collection of screenshots previously exclusive to print domains. have six previously embargoed in-game screen grabs showcasing the lush background environments from the new game, as well as some of it's classic characters in not-yet seen classic poses!

These screenshots mark the first widely available viewing of Queen Sindel -- the Edenian royal who became Shao Kahn's bride and took her own life. Given the new games retro setting, we can be sure Sindel will be right in the heart of the action as the game revisits storylines leading up to and including Mortal Kombat 3!

Sindel's Banshee Scream is on display in the shots, along with classic special moves belonging to Sonya, Jax, Scorpion, and perhaps Ermac -- who is another of the returning characters yet to be showcased extensively.

Thanks to forum member for tipping us off. If you think you have news, we'd love to hear about it! You can also follow MKO on Twitter @MK_Online!

Mortal Kombat is the new game from NetherRealm Studios, to be released April 19 in the US for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in standard and kollectors editions. For International release information, follow this story.