News Archive - March, 2015
MKX: Future Raiden DLC Skin Available to WBID Holders
WBID Holders Will Receive a Bonus Day 1 Raiden Download

Fans who've registered for a WBPlay WBID will be entitled to a Future Raiden downloadable skin when Mortal Kombat X ships in two weeks!

If you've already registered for a WBID account, you may have received an e-mail notification informing you how to access the bonus:

REDEEM YOUR SKIN - MKX is almost here, and as a thank you to all of our devoted fans, we are pleased to announce of April 14'th, WBPlay members will be able to redeem a bonus, exclusive Raiden Skin. All you have to do is boot up the game and log into your WBPlay account. If you don't have an account, you can sign up here.

Fans purchasing The Kombat Pass can look forward to additional triple skin packs based around klassic, horror, Predator & samurai themes. Preview the Samurai Pack, Gamespot exclusive Kold War Scorpion and the Coarse Kollector's Edition Gold Scorpion [video]. Additional incentives can also be unlocked via Mortal Kombat X Mobile.

Will you download Future Raiden? Register to discuss all the downloadable bonuses on the Mortal Kombat X forum! Help spread the battle cry by liking and sharing more via @MK_Online, Facebook & YouTube.

FIGHT! Mortal Kombat X Television Promo
MORTAL KOMBAAAAT! The fight hits the streets in Mortal Kombat X TV Spot!

The streets are alive with the sound of brutality! Mortal Kombat X will be unleashed to the public in just over two weeks and the call is out for the upcoming fight! Check out the TV spot featuring System of a Down's rock anthem Chop Suey:

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- Mortal Kombat (German)
- Mortal Kombat II
- Mortal Kombat 3
- Mortal Kombat Trilogy
- Mortal Kombat 4
- Shaolin Monks (UK)
- Shaolin Monks
- Mortal Kombat (2011)
- Mortal Kombat Vita
- Mortal Kombat X Techno
Syndrome Fan Edit
The Mortal Kombat X TV spot continues a promotional tradition of two decades, recalling the classic Mortal Kombat high concept promo that sent fans bellowing into the streets!

Revisit some of the klassic high concept commercials and game launch trailers from the past by using the playlist navigation right. Included are some of the legendary live-action ads to grace the series. [Note: Videos will load in the embedded YouTube screen above].

Warner brothers Interactive Entertainment took fans behind the scenes of the campaign [full story], into the editing suite where System of a Down director Shavo Odadjian has been helping craft not just the TV spot -- but an official launch trailer coming April 6th, as well!

The full launch trailer promises to reveal more of the game's lingering mystery content, with this week's sneak peek already teasing big things to come!

Mortal Kombat X officially invades retail thanks to WBIE and NetherRealm Studios on April 14th! It arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC, with a PS3 & 360 port coming sometime in the Summer. Digital and retail pre-order bonus includes playable access to legendary combatant: Goro!

Will you be in the streets in April? Register to discuss the TV spot and all things MKX in the Mortal Kombat X forum! Help spread the battle cry by liking and sharing more via @MK_Online, Facebook & YouTube.

Eat lead! Official Erron Black Gameplay Trailer
The Gunslinger Erron Black Rolls into Town in Official Gameplay Trailer

There's a new sheriff in town and he's serving up a fist full of lead! Erron Black debuted in the pages of the hugely successful Mortal Kombat X comic book, and he's bringing his twin pistol fighting style to the game with devastating results:

Little is known about the mercenary gunslinger, who's already had dealings with Kotal Kahn, Kano & Cassie Cage in the comic book backstory. Who's side will he be on? Check out the Story Mode Trailer and Developer Kombat Kast for more Erron Black!

Mortal Kombat X officially arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC April 14th and for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 in the Summer. Register to discuss all the characters on the forum! Share more Mortal mania via @MK_Online, Facebook & YouTube.

MKX Kombat Kast Episode 7 Live Stream - Characters
New Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast promises mysterious content

In a short few hours NetherRealm Studios will go live with the seventh episode of their Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast via Twitch. Be with us to discuss all the highs and lows as you stream it right here and on the forum!

Creative lead Ed Boon dipped back into the scramble days to tease some clues: "slainho" "garnwum" "sheappins" & "gallofend".

Figuring out the first clue is especially easy with a Shaolin Trailer released. "Warmgun" may refer to gunslinging newcomer Erron Black. We're going to assume that's "Happiness" and not Apep Shins, but how that relates to "FallenGod" is anyone's guess. An allusion to Bo' Rai Cho, perhaps? A general state of pleasure amidst the bullets and carnage, perhaps?

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat X: System of a Down Sneak Peek]

Register to watch the stream live at 3PM CST [above] and discuss each moment on the Mortal Kombat X forum! Help get the word out by sharing the news via @MK_Online and Facebook!

Mortal Kombat X: Shaolin Trailer
Liu Kang confirrrrmed! Shaolin Trailer reteams Kang & Kung Lao!

Klassic Shaolin Monks Kung Lao & Liu Kang are back in action in the latest Mortal Kombat X trailer! Released to MAXIM Russia by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment - the Shaolin Trailer is our first look at some familiar faces:

Following the reboot plot of Mortal Kombat (2011): the klassic heroes have risen as revenant slaves of the necromancer Quan Chi and fallen elder god Shinnok!

The trailer features the first confirmed sighting of drunken master and Shaolin mentor Bo' Rai Cho. The Outworld convert was first introduced in 2002's Deadly Alliance and that stage only appears to be a Story Mode cameo. Webseries casting rumors suggest Kung Jin will be taken into the Wu Shi Academy and trained by Cho.

See more fresh footage in the Launch Trailer Teaser. Discuss Liu Kang's return and the Shaolin trailer on the Mortal Kombat X forum! The game officially arrives April 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC. Spread the word by liking & sharing stories via @MK_Online & Facebook.

Mortal Kombat X: System of a Down Sneak Peek
Shavo Odadjian Edits Mortal Kombat X Launch Trailer feat. System of a Down

System of a Down multi-instrumentalist and video director Shavo Odadjian is joining the team behind Mortal Kombat X to compose a special launch trailer debuting April 6th! Enter the editing suite in the special sneak peek below:

The trailer features System of a Down's anthemic 2001 hit Chop Suey!. The TV Spot hits screens Friday, March 27th.

Watch closely and you may notice some never-before-seen sequences from the upcoming game and its much talked about Story Mode. The appearance of a winged demon creature has sparked particular speculation, revolving around confirmed playable villain Shinnok, a revenant Liu Kang, or other figures such as The Dragon King and DC Comics' mysterious "blood demon".

[Related Article: Kountdown: Who's Next? 10 Bosses for Mortal Kombat X]

Register to discuss the trailer and share theories on the Mortal Kombat X forum! The game officially arrives April 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC.

Kommunity Artist fear-sAs Featured in Mortal Kombat X
fear-sAs Kold War Scorpion & Tremor designs featured in MKX!

His work has been featured by the likes of Kotaku, and appropriated by fans across the web. Artist Sergey Svistunov is better known to MK Online users as fear-sas, but fandom at large is about to know him as a Mortal Kombat X designer!

Advertised as a GameSpot exclusive [full story]: Kold War Scorpion [above] was the first piece of design art to elevate fear-sas from highly talented fan, to professionally featured artist.

The design will appear in Mortal Kombat X as a playable DLC skin for the series' most enduring icon. Reimagining the ninja spectre as a ghostly soldier of the Soviet Union; the concept owes at least residual inspiration to the work of Mark Millar & Dave Johnson - the team behind Superman: Red Son. Their 2004 Eisner Award winning mini-series reimagined Superman as a Soviet participant in 1950s cold war tensions. NetherRealm Studios brought the Elseworlds incarnations to life in Injustice: Gods Among Us, also introducing versions of characters not featured in the original story [read more].

Fans watching the trailer reveal for the Mortal Kombat X: Kombat Pack may have recognized another of fear-sas' designs coming to the fore. The surprise downloadable reintroduction of Tremor closely echoes his "Mortal Kombat Tremor" -- a fan-art piece originally created in 2014.

Distancing the character from his Special Forces palette swap origins; the new design conjures popular fan-fiction with a more overtly earth-powered warrior. No longer a mere bruiser pounding the ground - this Tremor literally holds the power of sediment in his rocky hands!

Get ahead of the curve and show your support for artists like fear-sas! Register to share your thoughts of encouragement on the Fan Submission forum. Submit your own work to join an archive of thousands!

MKX: Behind the Scenes as Downloadable Content Begins
Creative Lead Shares Behind the Scenes Snaps of Future DLC Characters

They've revealed the downloadable characters in the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack - but they still have to make them! Creative Director Ed Boon has used Twitter to micro blog NetherRealm Studios' progress as the game goes gold, and production on bonus characters begins:


"Sketching some DLC character moves & stuff for tomorrow's motion capture shoot."


"Motion Capture at NetherEnds Studio with @CarlosPesina."

Boon's trademark stick figure story board offers a glimpse ahead into one or more DLC character's moves. The impression of a projectile that can be read several ways, in favour of Predator's arsenal of high tech weapons, or Tanya's Edenian boomerang.

Figuring out the motion capture snapshot is a whole lot harder. You can get a better frame of reference by going deeper into the "mokap" process in this week's Story Mode Motion Capture Breakdown!

Mortal Kombat X officially arrives April 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC! Register to discuss scenes from behind, front and the sides on the Mortal Kombat X forum! Join the Facebook Kountdown to the official release date!

Mortal Kombat X: The Kombat Pack Trailer
MKX Kombat Pack Reveals Jason, Predator, Tremor & Tanya

Just when you thought The Predator was coming into view - the full Mortal Kombat X: Kombat Pack D:C stands revealed! Check out the new trailer with all four downloadable bonus characters and more details:

Each Kombat Pack character download will signify a new playable fighter and three additional costume skins for kombatants on the main roster.

The Ultimate Horror Pack [Pack: May 5th, Sale: May 12th]
Playable character: Jason Voorhees
Horror skins: Vampiress Mileena, Kraken Reptile & Pharoah Ermac.

The Klassic Pack #1
Playable character: Tanya
Klassic skins: Kano, Sonya Blade & Liu Kang

The Predator/Prey Pack
Playable character: Predator
Predator skins: Commando Johnny, Infrared Scorpion & Carl Weathers as Jax

The Klassic Pack #2
Playable character: Tremor
Klassic skins: Quan Chi, Jax & Kung Lao

Additional skins for playable characters finally lock in klassic kombatants Jax and Liu Kang for a Mortal Kombat X return. The inclusion of a Carl Weathers Jax skin caps off unlikely rumors that the Predator and Rocky star would be included as a downloadable extra opposite the alien hunter.

All downloadable characters in the pack represent cult fan favourites who've garnered support in the build to MKX. Jason & Predator have frequently factored into guest character requests, while Tremor has made the journey from obscure spin-off boss to download fighter through the intense support of fans. So evident is the fan influence that Tremor even boasts a fan design by MKOmmunity user fear-sas.

Will you be downloading the Kombat Pack? Which character stunned you the most? Register to discuss all this and more on the Mortal Kombat X forum! Create and debate your Jason & Predator MK fantasy fights in the Fan Koliseum.

Xbox Marketplace Confirms The Predator Guest DLC
The Predator Will Take the Test of Mortal Kombat in 2015 DLC!

On Friday the 13th we learned the first of two guest fighters coming to Mortal Kombat X downloadable content: Jason Voorhees. Now thanks to Mortal Kombat X: Premium Edition updates on Xbox Marketplace the second can be confirmed:


Note: Art not representative of Mortal Kombat X.

1987 action movie classic Predator introduced the world to a highly skilled alien hunter [pictured above] who terrorized the jungles of fictional nation - Val Verde. A technologically advanced and tactically intelligent alternative to 20th Century Fox's Alien Xenomorph; The Predator is all about the art of combat! Crossover culture has seen Predators tangle with their Alien counterparts, Batman, Superman, Judge Dredd & The Terminator!

The Kombat Pack listing confirms Jason Voorhees, The Predator and two unrevealed classic Mortal Kombat characters. Buying the pack grants early access to these additional playable characters, as well as 15 character skins - including the Samurai Pack.

The Predator went toe-to-toe with the US Special Forces in the original film utilizing stealth and guile. Now another Predator will test their skills against the kombatants of Earthrealm, Outworld and beyond, and two generations of Special Forces led by action star Johnny Cage!

Happy? Sad? Ugly MFer? Register to share your thoughts on the Mortal Kombat X forum! Devise, discuss and debate your ideal Predator/MK fantasy match-ups in the Fan Koliseum!

PlayStation 3 Fight Sticks Compatible with Mortal Kombat X
PS3 Fight Sticks Compatible with PS4 Mortal Kombat X!

Mortal Kombat arrives on a new generation of hardware April 14th, built specifically for PlayStation 4 & Xbox One! Don't throw away those old fight sticks just yet, though! The klassics are still in vogue!

As revealed during the Kombat Kast and flaunted by Creative Director Ed Boon on Twitter: PlayStation 3 fight sticks will continue to function with PlayStation 4 version of Mortal Kombat X!

Performance Design Products (PDP) created official fight sticks for the Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition in 2011, released later individually, and again for Klassic Edition [learn more].

Update: It seems the credit must go to Lab Zero Games, from whom NetherRealm Studios has licensed the necessary drivers. The Lab Zero pedigree is built on original members of the Skullgirls development team. The PS4 backwards compatibility driver was reportedly worked on by John Bellomy.

Register to discuss the news on the forum. Share the good news via @MK_Online or Facebook. Mortal Kombat X officially arrives April 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC!

Xbox Marketplace Reveals Samurai Pack DLC
Xbox Marketplace Reveals Samurai Themed DLC Skin Pack

Updates to the Mortal Kombat X: Premium Edition bundle on Xbox Marketplace have revealed artwork for the first wave of downloadable content skins - the Samurai Pack!

The bundle exclusive pack includes Jingu Kitana, Samurai Shinnok & Ronin Kenshi. The designs draw inspiration from traditions of imperial samurai, reimagining each playable character in the style. Click the artwork above to enlarge the samurai.

Kenshi joined the playable cast in a Mobile reveal, later confirmed by a Senior Producer at GDC [full story]. Shinnok screenshots recently surfaced in conjunction with the Achievements List [thumbnails below].

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Mortal Kombat X officially arrives April 14th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC. Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 ported versions are expected in Summer. Register to discuss the ins and outs of the game in the Mortal Kombat X forum.

MKX Kombat Kast Episode 6 Live Stream - Mileena, Takeda
Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast Episode 6

In a short few hours NetherRealm Studios will go live with the sixth episode of their Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast via Twitch. Yesterday's late notice teaser promises "whips, sais & a little surprise" which you can watch live right here and discuss on the forum!

Check the original stream notice for some spoilers about what you can expect to see. You can also catch up on the Episode 5 archive all about Story Mode Chapter 1! An episode 6 archive will be posted as soon as possible.

Register to watch the stream live [above] and discuss each moment on the forum. Before the show begins, direct your stream predictions & speculation to the link provided. Find many more topics on the Mortal Kombat X forum!

Next Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast Stream Today
Kombat Kast #6 Launches Later Today - March 19th

The next edition of the developer's Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast live stream kicks off later today, at the usual 3PM CST. The promise is "whips, sais & a little surprise" - with Creative Director Ed Boon already teasing the emergence of the long rumoured new "-Ality"!

The stream will be gameplay focused, promising "in depth" focus on some characters not yet featured. If the tagline is anything to go by, you can expect Takahashi Takeda (whips) and Mileena (sais). Boon also promises a tournament pro guest.

Fans should make haste to ask their questions via Twitter for a chance to have them answered. Register to join the speculation and discussion on the forum. Help spread the word by liking & sharing via @MK_Online & Facebook!

MKX: Behind The Scenes of Story Mode Motion Capture
Behind the Scenes of Mortal Kombat X Story Mode Chapter 1

Mokap won't be coming back in Mortal Kombat X -- but the art of motion capture continues to fuel escalating next generation technology that brings the action to life! Following their Kombat Kast spotlight - NetherRealm Studios offer a glimpse behind the wireframes of Chapter 1.

Returning fighters Johnny Cage, Kenshi & Sonya Blade feature in the Chapter 1 opening, which throws the special forces into the line of fire of Shinnok's Netherrealm invasion! All four are playable characters in Mortal Kombat X. Get more of a taste of what's to come in the Cage Family Trailer.

Mortal Kombat X officially arrives April 14 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC! Register to discuss scenes from behind, front and the sides on the Mortal Kombat X forum! Join the Facebook Kountdown to the official release date!

Mortal Kombat X Achievements List
Something Great Comes As You Play! Mortal Kombat X Achivements List!

Mortal Kombat X arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC on April 14th - and when it does, players will be tested across various methods and modes in their pursuit of mortal mastery. For the player who has everything - achievements will stretch the game just that fraction further, with one or two maximum goals to test your might!

Xbox Achivements has cracked the latest list, revealing the challenges that await.

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Will you have what it takes to complete the list? Enter the Mortal Kombat X forum to challenge your friends and seek aid in the battle ahead. Register to find faction fellows, foes and complete online challenges in the Gameplay & Matchmaking forum!

DC Comics June Solicitations - Mortal Kombat X #7
The Cage Family get the Cover Treatment for Mortal Kombat X #7

You met the Cage Family in their recent feature trailer - now see their family portrait on the cover of Mortal Kombat X #7! By Steve Segovia, the cover art is part of DC Comics' "Group 5" solicitations for June 2015.


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MORTAL KOMBAT X #7
Written by SHAWN KITTELSON
Art by DEXTER SOY and DANIEL SAMPERE
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
On sale JUNE 3 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS • DIGITAL FIRST
On Shang Tsung’s Island, Havik reveals the full extent of his plan to Cassie Cage! Meanwhile, the battle between Kotal Kahn and the Shokan shifts in a way you won’t see coming!

With his bombshell reveal on the final page of issue #6, it seems agent of chaos Havik has found a place on the island home of Shang Tsung. What secrets will the site of the Mortal Kombat Tournament reveal - and what will Cassie Cage be able to do about them?

Register to discuss the preview, spoilers and other issues on the Media & Merchandise forum. Check out the MKO Comics Directory for more archived previews, reviews and purchase links! Go deeper with the Mortal Kombat X: Story Mode Trailer - coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC April 14th!

GDC: Mortal Kombat X Story & Johnny Cage Screenshots
Mortal Kombat X Screenshots from Game Developers Conference 2015

This year's Game Developers Conference saw the unveiling of Mortal Kombat X's all new Story Mode, and the fighting return of Johnny Cage! The Earthrealm Champion features in a slew of new screenshots coming out of the event.

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The event and screenshots were covered by various outlets, such as Polygon; who provided one of the best accounts of the preview. Read more about Chapter 1 and the returning Cage Family.

Be sure to check out more visuals via recently revealed character renders and mini-bios for: Kotal Kahn, Mileena, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Cassie Cage, D'Vorah, Kano, Ferra/Torr, Sub-Zero & Scorpion. Plus - witness the render & trailer reveal of the first Mortal Kombat X guest character: Jason Voorhees!

Mortal Kombat X officially arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & PC April 14th. Follow and discuss all aspects of the game on the Mortal Kombat X forum. Like & share stories via Facebook, @MK_Online & YouTube. Kountdown to the release by joining the Facebook Release Date event!

Kombat Kast Episode 5 Live Stream Archive - Story Mode
NetherRealm Studios Developer Stream Spotlights the MKX Story!

The Mortal Kombat X story has been on show over the past few weeks. Be prepared to learn more when NetherRealm Studios go live later today on Twitch! The stream is scheduled to begin at 3:00PM CST and will feature more plot from the 25 year epic! Be on Mortal Kombat Online to immortalize all your reactions to all the action on the forum:

Bone up on some of the recent story mode spotlights by watching the Story Trailer, Cage Family Trailer and reading more about Story Mode Chapter 1 play throughts from this year's GDC!

Also be sure to check out the recently revealed character renders and mini-bios for: Kotal Kahn, Mileena, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Cassie Cage, D'Vorah, Kano, Ferra/Torr, Sub-Zero & Scorpion. Plus: it wouldn't be Friday the 13th without the reveal of the first Mortal Kombat X guest character: Jason Voorhees!

Register to watch the stream live [above] and discuss each moment on the forum. Before the show begins, direct your stream predictions & speculation to the link provided. Find many more topics on the Mortal Kombat X forum!

Jason Voorhees Revealed For Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pass
Horror Slasher Icon Jason Voorhees Unveiled Friday the 13th!

Beware! That Kombat Pass has a death curse! Jason Voorhees will stalk the forests of Mortal Kombat X as the first downloadable bonus character revealed for the 4-fighter pass.

Update (Apr. 25): Fans can now look forward to getting their hands on The Ultimate Horror Pack starting May 5th if they've purchased The Kombat Pack! For everybody else, the store will begin selling Jason and Vampiress Mileena, Kraken Reptile & Pharoah Ermac skins starting May 12th.

The Camp Crystal Lake killer follows in the stalking footsteps of rival slasher icon Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) - who was the highest selling downloadable character from the Mortal Kombat (2011) pass. Click to enlarge the thumbnail [right] for a high quality screenshot.

PRESS RELEASE: In celebration of Friday 13th, today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirmed details for the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack, the ultimate pass providing fans with Mortal Kombat X downloadable content (DLC), some of which will be available beginning at launch. The Kombat Pack will include access to four playable characters still in development, including horror icon from the Friday the 13th films, Jason Voorhees, as well as two Klassic Mortal Kombat Kombatants and another special guest character. In the Americas, the Kombat Pack is included in the Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition by Coarse, Limited Edition and Premium Edition, and will be available for purchase separately for $29.99.**

Starting April 14, 2015, when Mortal Kombat X launches worldwide, fans who purchase the Kombat Pack will receive the Samurai Pack containing three new character skins: Ronin Kenshi, Samurai Shinnok and Jingu Kitana, as well as an accompanying skin pack with each playable character. Kombat Pack owners will gain early access to the following future DLC content before it is available for sale individually.


Who's next? Share all your thrills, chills and spills with the rest of the MKOmmunity on the forums. Be online 3PM CDT to learn more about the story mode during The Kombat Kast!

Mortal Kombat X PS3 & 360 Ports Delayed Until Summer
Mortal Kombat X Ports Delayed Until Summer 2015

High Voltage developed Mortal Kombat X ports for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 will officially be delayed until the Summer of 2015. A Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment representative confirmed the Summer delay to VideoGamer.com amidst extensive speculation.

"Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today confirmed that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Mortal Kombat X being developed by High Voltage Software will release this summer," Warner Bros said in a statement provided to VideoGamer.com. "The Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC versions will be available April 14."

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CentreSoft has issued new assets advertising the Summer release. Online retail giant Amazon.com recently relisted the last gen versions for a June 30 release. An exact date is presently unknown. Special thanks to MK Online User Muckyneck1983 for sharing content.

Mortal Kombat X Mobile Android GDC Preview Footage
Mobile Footage Shows off MKX Mobile on Android & Possessed Kenshi

Droid Gamers went hands-on with Mortal Kombat X Mobile at last week's Game Developers Conference. The footage shows some basic gameplay, including recently revealed return kombatant Kenshi.

The demo spotlights a variety of swipe and tap based mechanics, including the team system's Ally Attack. Also shown in action is Kenshi's Possessed variation, which includes a manifestation of an unspecified floating scythed warrior.

The trailer also showcases the gameplay of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kotal Kahn, Kitana & Reptile.

GDC marked the first major demonstration of Mortal Kombat X's console story mode. Mortal Kombat Online has compiled the accounts of various major outlets, who together paint a picture of what's to come [full story]. Be on the Mortal Kombat X forum 3PMCDT today to share in the live stream experience as NetherRealm Studios delves deeper into the 25 year story [more info].

GDC Previews Paint Picture of Mortal Kombat X Story Mode
Mortal Kombat X Story Mode Chapter 1 Was on Display at GDC!

During last week's Game Developers Conference, various press members were granted a hands-on preview with Mortal Kombat X and the first chapter of its exciting new Story Mode! Early word revealed Kenshi & Johnny Cage's playable involvement but with embargoes lifted, new details are flooding in from all sides!

Character speculation will be one of the last topics to die, especially with downloadable content beyond the horizon! Polygon has one of the best previews, revealing the ambitious scope of the game that awaits: "There are battles with hundreds of non-player characters and Mortal Kombat cameos, Urbano said, on a scale that NetherRealm just couldn't pull off before."

Among the "hundreds" of cameos are some expected returns. Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Kenshi, Raiden & Fujin reportedly lead the fight for the home team, while undead revenants of Jax, Sindel, Stryker, Kabal & Smoke battle under the control of Quan Chi. This continues the plot initiated during the last game, where the defeated warriors' souls were seized in the Netherrealm. IGN notes an appearance by Nightwolf, who was also among the dead fighters, as well.

It's the Netherrealm's invasion that is the subject of story mode's opening chapter. This refers to the expected continuation of the new timeline, revisiting the original plot of MK4. We saw glimpses of invading villain Shinnok and his struggle with the heroes in the Story Mode Trailer and again in the Cage Family Trailer. According to IGN, Shinnok is the final battle of Chapter 1.

No one has been able to distinguish the playable roster from the story mode cameos. Shinnok and Jax both appeared in one-on-one fights - each with 3 variations, according to Hardcore Gamers. IGN notes, "We have no idea yet, but there are a bunch more slots on the character select screen that need to be filled..." Polygon adds, "... we did see a couple of unannounced playable fighters, including Erron Black, in the game's attract mode."

Migrating from challenge modes in Mortal Kombat (2011) and Injustice: Gods Among Us into the story are "quick time events". Simple inputs determine the outcome of conflict that doesn't fit into traditional side-to-side kombat. GameInformer have a particularly evocative description of their experience, which explains the continuing sequence involving Johnny Cage and a notably heroic Kenshi:

"They’re en route to Raiden’s Sky Temple, where the lightning god is making a last stand against Shinnok’s forces. Whirring over the on-the-ground action sounds like a pretty great plan until the windshield is pierced by another familiar sight: Scorpion’s chain-blade. The soldiers in the back of the helicopter look around frantically, when Scorpion surprises the crew by appearing in the rear of the aircraft. There’s a battle, of course, and I’m paying such close attention to it all that I miss an unexpected quick-time event. It doesn’t kick me out to a game-over screen, but the action immediately shifts to show Johnny Cage blowing a series of blocks and taking damage. I do a better job of keeping up over the next few sequences, and Johnny reverses the course of the fight. He more than holds his own until Sub-Zero joins the party, freezing a couple of attackers’ heads and shattering them against each other."

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Netherrealm War: Fujin & Raiden battle fallen elder god Shinnok.

Polygon's Michael McWhertor notes the radical shift in balance between passive and active experiences in the new mode, "The ratio of cutscene to playable fighting game leans heavily toward the former; I was a little surprised to see how little I actually played compared to how much I passively watched as Johnny Cage and his Earthrealm allies talked about what was going on." He describes the content as entertaining enough to hold his interest - a safe bet for diehard fans of the series! GameInformer's Jeff Cork echoed these sentiments, "With the setup out of the way, I was eager to do more than tap buttons every once in a while to keep the action going. Soon enough, I got my wish."

Gameplay has elicited few complaints from available previews. The newly revealed Johnny Cage fights with variations called A-List, Fisticuffs & Stunt Double. Like other characters [eg; Kitana], each variation entails different risks, rewards and gimmicks, leaving the usual Shadow Kick and Split Punch neutral to all styles.

According to Polygon; A-List boasts charge benefits for Cage's special moves - slower to execute, but worth more damage. Fisticuffs adds the golden "CAGE" knucks seen in the Cage Family gameplay, which can be enhanced with a "fist bump" to increase damage and add flashy combos. Stunt Double promises to be the most controversial, introducing a yellow clone that can execute special moves, or absorb impact. In function, it bares some similarity to Noob Saibot's shadow clone, and Sub-Zero's ice clones. Although, with Mortal Kombat X making tangible upgrades to the latter -- including the ability to toss ice clones -- these similarities are fleeting.

Cage's Stunt Double style also limits projectiles, as Polygon explain, "Instead of tossing two fireballs in two different arcs, a la Mortal Kombat 2, Stunt Double Cage can only throw them in a straight horizontal line, as in the original Mortal Kombat." Projectiles summed up IGN's breakdown of Shinnok in-game, "... he seemed to have [Shang Tsung]'s move-set, with fireballs that come up from the bottom of the screen." GamesRadar elaborate with "red lightning" and a returning old trick:

It's also interesting to note that, at one point during the fight, Shinnok busted out Johnny Cage's Shadow Kick. I was playing as Cage, but couldn't tell if Shinnok had performed a move that let him copy my Shadow Kick, or if he could just use the move innately because I was Cage. At any rate, it seems Shinnok has been all-but-confirmed to be playable, considering he was all anyone was talking about during the story, and I even saw him fighting during the game's attract mode.

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No Special Effects: Johnny Cage performs his Shadow Kick on Scorpion.

If increasingly visceral fatalities haven't been a winner for you yet, more creative finishers may entice. If you haven't seen the "Here's Johnny!" fatality - you really need to watch the Cage Family Trailer right now! Polygon's McWhertor had the pleasure of watching Ermac's fatality over breakfast, sickened by the telekinetically achieved human ball of broken bones and its big finish of an oral extraction of entrails. [You can hear it in an official teaser.]

Concluding their in depth preview, Polygon also highlight the unlockable benefit of the recently announced Mortal Kombat X Mobile. Among the costumes on offer will be Jim Lee designed Injustice Scorpion, and curiously "something called a farmer Jax skin."

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Mortal Kombat X: Official Cage Family Trailer
Here's Johnny! Meet the Cages in Gameplay & Story Mode Trailer!

It's official! Jonny Cage & Sonya Blade are back! Check out the whole brood as the Mortal Kombat X: Cage Family trailer shows off father, mother and daughter in devastating gameplay action!

You can't have a second generation without the first! The reveal of Mortal Kombat (2011) survivors Sonya Blade & Johnny Cage ends almost a year of speculation after the reveal of daughter Cassie (at E3 2014)! Cassie and the next generation were formally introduced in a recent Story Mode Trailer.

One of the MK2011 casualties can also be seen in the trailer: Jax battles Johnny in the Netherrealm -- still apparently suffering the effects of Quan Chi's control over his revenant form. Similar incarnations of Sindel and Kitana were also seen in the Story Trailer. Also in the trailer in Special Forces agent Kenshi - who was recently seen in MKX mobile screenshots.

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Enter: Johnny Cage - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

Klassic kombatants and a new generation of warriors enter the battle in Mortal Kombat X! Amazon.com has unleashed a new wave of character renders and mini-bios for the playable roster. Learn more as Johnny Cage enters the spotlight!

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Johnny Cage
Hollywood action hero Johnny Cage entered his first Mortal Kombat tournament for the publicity. Raiden observed that the arrogant, loquacious Cage, was 'a hero. .. though he may not yet know it.' Raiden was correct, of course: Johnny's martial arts skills were not special effects--and were pivotal in EarthRealm's victory.

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Enter: Mileena - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

Klassic kombatants and a new generation of warriors enter the battle in Mortal Kombat X! Amazon.com has unleashed a new wave of character renders and mini-bios for the playable roster. Learn more as Mileena enters the spotlight!

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Mileena
Perceiving a lack of loyalty in his adopted daughter, Kitana, Shao Kahn ordered Shang Tsung to create a replacement, a daughter worthy to be his heir. Shang Tsung fulfilled Shao Kahn's order by fusing Tarkatan DNA with Kitana’s. The resulting hybrid Mileena is as bloodthirsty and vicious as a Tarkatan, but possesses the martial artistry and poise of an Edenian.

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Enter: Cassie Cage - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

Klassic kombatants and a new generation of warriors enter the battle in Mortal Kombat X! Amazon.com has unleashed a new wave of character renders and mini-bios for the playable roster. Learn more as Cassie Cage enters the spotlight!

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Cassie Cage
The daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, has a lot to live up to. Her parents were among the few kombatants to survive the wars against Outworld and NetherRealm, and were instrumental to EarthRealm's victories. Cassie is as strong-willed--and occasionally hotheaded--as her mother; and as quick-witted as her beloved dad, which makes her popular within her Special Forces unit.

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Enter: Ferra/Torr - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

Klassic kombatants and a new generation of warriors enter the battle in Mortal Kombat X! Amazon.com has unleashed a new wave of character renders and mini-bios for the playable roster. Learn more as Ferra/Torr enters the spotlight!

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Ferra/Torr
The dual being known as Ferra/Torr is mysterious even to their closest allies. It's rumored that Torr and Ferra were Outworld citizens, captured and permanently tethered to each other by the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the bowels of his Flesh Pits. They're more likely members of a forgotten symbiotic race, in which the 'rider' bonds with a 'mount.' The rider, Ferra, serves as the de facto brains of the duo, while the hulking Torr is the muscle. It's possible they communicate with each other telepathically, or that Ferra can actually understand Torr’s booming grunts. Found roaming the Tarkatan Wastes by Kotal Kahn’s troops, Ferra/Torr were pressed into service as the emperor’s personal bodyguards.

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Enter: D'Vorah - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

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D'Vorah
Is of a race called the Kytinn, which populates the island realm of Arnyek. The solitary nature of the Kytinn meant a common defense of their realm was impossible; thus it was conquered and merged with Outworld by Shao Kahn. D'Vorah's loyalty and insightfulness, unusual traits for a Kytinn, led to her quick political rise.

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Enter: Kotal Kahn - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

Klassic kombatants and a new generation of warriors enter the battle in Mortal Kombat X! Amazon.com has unleashed a new wave of character renders and mini-bios for the playable roster. Learn more as Kotal Kahn enters the spotlight!

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Kotal Kahn
Kotal Khan was a young boy in the warrior realm of Osh-Tekk when it was merged with Outworld by Shao Kahn. He grew up admiring the Outworld emperor. But Kotal kept hidden from Shao Kahn a secret Osh-Tekk portal to EarthRealm. Kotal's 'magical' appearances and demonstrations of great power in EarthRealm led its inhabitants to declare him a god, whom they called Buluc. After Shao Kahn was killed in the war with EarthRealm, Kotal served Shao Kahn’s heir Mileena. But her instability eventually led Kotal to overthrow her and assume the emperorship.

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Enter: Kano - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

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Kano
Kano is a member of the Black Dragon, a group of international arms dealers. Sonya, Jax and the Special Forces have been trying to shut them down for decades. Though he's from EarthRealm (Australia), Kano usually sides with his home realm's enemies. In the past he provided high tech weapons both to Shao Kahn's Outworld armies and Shinnok and Quan Chi of the NetherRealm. After Shinnok's defeat Kano returned to Outworld, keeping a low profile but making a tidy profit running guns from Earth to Outworld.

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Enter: Raiden - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
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Raiden
Raiden is the God of Thunder and the Protector of EarthRealm. Millennia ago he and the Elder Gods defeated Shinnok, who sought dominion over the realms. More recently, Raiden thwarted Outworld's attempts to conquer and merge with EarthRealm. However victory came at great cost. Many of Raiden's closest allies were killed in the battle. Raiden's strength was further tested when an escaped Shinnok’s NetherRealm armies attacked an EarthRealm weakened by war. Ultimately Raiden imprisoned Shinnok again--this time in Shinnok's own Amulet.

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Enter: Scorpion - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
Amazon Features Mortal Kombat X Render & Mini-Bios!

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Scorpion
Hanzo Hasashi was a member of the Shirai-Ryu assassin clan until they and his family were killed by Sub-Zero of the rival Lin Kuei clan. Hanzo's soul was claimed by the NetherRealm sorcerer Quan Chi, who resurrected him as the revenant Scorpion and gave him the chance to avenge his family's deaths.

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Enter: Sub-Zero - New Character Render & Mini-Bio
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Sub-Zero
Kuai Liang and his older brother Bi-Han served the Lin Kuei assassin clan faithfully until the first Mortal Kombat tournament. There Bi-Han, code-named Sub-Zero, was killed by the demon Scorpion. Kuai Liang assumed the Sub-Zero mantle and went to Outworld to find his brother's killer.

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Next Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast Stream Mar. 13
The Next Kombat Kast Goes Live Friday the 13th!

The plot thickens Friday, March 13th when NetherRealm Studios hosts a story centric edition of the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast live stream!

Fans should submit their final questions via Twitter ASAP! The stream will discuss the 25 year epic featured recently in the Story Mode Trailer.

[Related Article: Kountdown: Whos Next? 10 Bosses for Mortal Kombat X]

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GDC: Senior Producer Confirms Johnny Cage in MKX
Senior Producer Confirms Johnny Cage in GDC Interview

Mortal Kombat X is at this year's Game Developers Conference, demonstrating the 2015 sequel and its revolutionary new Character Variation system, and recently previewed Story Mode.

In an interview with Game Crate, Senior Producer Adam Urbano dropped a massive spoiler, confirming the playable inclusion of hotly speculated Mortal Kombat (2011) return: Johnny Cage!

In the video -- since removed for unknown reasons -- Urbano describes Cage's brutality as one of his favourites.

The classic Mortal Kombat Trilogy era finisher was first teased in the Mortal Kombat X: Next trailer. NetherRealm Studios walked through the new kombo type during their Live Kombat Kast.

Returning fighter Kenshi was also confirmed for the console & PC versions, having already been revealed for MKX Mobile on the IGN App. IGN also picked up the Game Crate story.

[Related Article: Kountdown: 10 Returning Kombatants Ready to Kontinue!]

With Cage confirmed, can Sonya Blade be far behind? Both appear in Chapter 9 of the DC Comics tie-in! Join the speculation on the Mortal Kombat X forum!

13th Dimension Mortal Kombat X #4 Print Edition Preview
Scorpion Has Flashbacks in Mortal Kombat X #4 Preview

Scorpion has a head full of bad memories in the latest preview from DC Comics' hit tie-in series: Mortal Kombat X!

13th Dimension has a sneak peak at the print edition, reportedly on sale March 11th. Mortal Kombat #4 will collect chapters 10-12, featuring a dramatic flashback involving the origins of the ninja spectre and his ties to Quan Chi!

Also this issue - Raiden battles the ninja spectre and his apprentice Takashi Takeda. It seems the thunder god's dabbling in kamidogu blood magic has led him down a dark path - but who is the mysterious demon who corrupts him?

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Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Invades Injustice Mobile
Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Officially Arrives in Injustice Mobile Update

As previously reported, Scorpion is getting a Mortal Kombat X makeover in Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile!

The latest Injustice update will give players limited time to access the Mortal Kombat X inspired Scorpion - a design first featured in the MKX Announce Trailer way back in mid-2014.

Scorpion returns to mobile gaming in April with the release of companion NetherRealm app: Mortal Kombat X Mobile! The card kombat spin-off will include bonus unlocks and has already revealed Kenshi via IGN!

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Scorpion Render Art Begins Mortal Kombat X Countdown
New Official Render Artwork Begins Countdown to MKX!

The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page has begun the countdown to Mortal Kombat X with new render artwork of series mascot Scorpion! Click to enlarge below:

The image previously appeared in promos for the Kollector's Edition Kombat Pass. The Pass guarantees holders 4 additional downloadable kombatants - including 2 crossover guest fighters - and 15 bonus costume skins [full story]. It can be purchased separately via online stores for est. $29.99US.

Mortal Kombat X officially arrives for home consoles and PC April 14th. Early pre-order entitles all players to download access to playable Goro! Take the fight anywhere, anytime and unlock extra content with the newly announced April card fighter: Mortal Kombat X Mobile!

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Rumor Mill: Is This A Mortal Kombat X Animality Hint?
My goodness! My animality! Could this be the first look at a new fatality?

The rumor mill has been working overtime since NetherRealm Studios shared an image of Tyler Lansdown's visit to Nerdist. The Instagram image - featuring NetherRealm's bearded male Kombat Kast host, and someone who may or may not be Nerdist's Chris Hardwick - has drawn attention for the bloody polar bears appearing on a screen behind.

We can't rule out the possibility that the blood splattered, gore-faced polar bears are from a completely unrelated, incidental image. Given that they were there to play Mortal Kombat X, though, we also won't blame anyone leaping to the conclusion that this may be our first look at a Stage Fatality or even some form of Animality!

Brutality finishers made a formal return during the last Kombat Kast Stream - revised to force players to initiate their kombo while the match is still playing! Even so, stage fatalities and a new finisher have remained on the table since E3 2014. Faction Kills are a possible explanation for the unseen move [read more].

34.2% of fans felt we were onto something when Mortal Kombat Online featured a story on the concept of Stage Animalities. Could this be a hint? Register to share your thoughts or knowledge on the Mortal Kombat X forum!

MKX: Alleged Leak Include Jax, Sonya & Johnny Cage
Twitter User Fantim Claims Leak Access - Reveals Jax Artwork & More

Twitter follower Timo Frazier (@fantim) has sent forward claims of having access to new Mortal Kombat X preview material. The material released so far includes cut scene screenshots, concept art and production renderings. The legitimacy of the material could not be verified at the time of this reporting.



Jax features most heavily, revamped with a low key Special Forces jacket design and klassically inspired chrome cybernetic arms. One screenshot suggest a revenant alternate, similar to the Sindel & Kitana seen fighting in the recent Story Mode Trailer. Jax was one of several casualties at the conclusion of Mortal Kombat (2011), held under the control of Quan Chi.

MK originals Johnny Cage & Sonya Blade have been rumoured continuously throughout production. Cage joined Sonya in the pages of the DC Comics tie-in, seen in Chapter 9 previews. Rumored casting leaks from the live-action webseries suggest Cage leads a secret unit of the Special Forces [full story].

All three klassic characters have been long rumoured, despite siring a second generation of kombatants featured in the game. Cassie Cage was part of a launch unveiling during last year's E3, while Jacqui Briggs has appeared in tie-in comics before being featured in the story trailer.

Among Fantim's claims is also the inclusion of cult character Tremoras post-game downloadable content [Kombat Pass]. All claims are at this stage unsubstantiated.

[Related Article: IGN Feature Kenshi Mobile Screenshot On App]

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IGN Feature Kenshi Mobile Screenshot On App
IGN Release First Screenshots of Kenshi in Mortal Kombat X Mobile!

The blind sword saint is back! IGN has featured the first screenshot of Kenshi, battling Kotal Kahn in the newly announced Mortal Kombat X mobile.


A thumbnail appeared as a story preview on the site, with the full screenshot appearing exclusively on the IGN mobile app. A fitting home for the mobile reveal of a new character. No word on Kenshi's status for consoles & PC. NetherRealm Studios' previous console counterpart mobile title Injustice: Gods Among Us did not feature exclusive characters until later in its lifespan.

The screenshot ends months of speculation about the character, who was last seen as a downloadable extra included in Mortal Kombat (2011). Rumors of a Mortal Kombat X return began in October, when Creative Director Ed Boon shared a photo from the motion capture studio. Further teases ensued, including fantasy film casting.

Kenshi was the first character to appear on the page in Mortal Kombat X - the brand's first comic book maxi-series in twenty years [preview]. The story revealed a new relationship between Kenshi and Scorpion, bridged by the introduction of his son (and Scorpion's new apprentice) - Takashi Takeda [full story]. Takeda quickly found himself confronted by a powerful demon -- potentially explaining Kenshi's Possessed Variation in the screenshot.

Takeda was introduced to the playable roster in the recent Story Mode Trailer. Is Kenshi soon to follow? Register to discuss who's next in the Mortal Kombat X forum! Special thanks to MK Online User JaymzHetfield for sharing images.

Mortal Kombat X: Mobile Edition Trailer
Mortal Kombat X Takes The Fight Anywhere with Mobile Announcement

In one of the most unexpected developments in the Mortal Kombat X cycle - NetherRealm Studios have announced a mobile version of the April console fighter!

NetherRealm Studios has been building its mobile cache since contributing to Arkham City: Lockdown in 2011. The studio developed a card trading game for Injustice: Gods Among Us and recently launched the massively successful WWE: Immortals.

Update: Available April, Mortal Kombat X will be a free-to-play fighting/card battle hybrid in the vein of Injustice Mobile for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android users. Once the console and PC version of the game is out, players will be able to unlock content for mobile platforms (and vice versa) by playing both versions. A version of the persistent Faction War mode will also be present.

"NetherRealm Studios has created a Mortal Kombat X mobile experience that allows more players than ever before to play this over-the-top fighting game through their ever-present smartphones, tablets or other devices," said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “What’s more, we’ve expanded the unique cross-connectivity feature that links the mobile and console versions of Mortal Kombat X, delivering unique rewards to all players for simply playing the mobile game."

[Related Topic: Injustice Mobile Adding MKX Scorpion, Static & More]

The trailer features 2D klassic kombat heavily, noting milestones along the Mortal Kombat release timeline before settling on Mortal Kombat X. Could this suggest a special tie to the original titles, or the pre-reboot timeline? It's difficult to draw any conclusions at this early stage. Interesting to note that none of the 3D klassic titles are seen.

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MKX: Tremor Fan Petition Reaches Milestone
Tremor Fan Petition Reaches 4000 Votes & Ed Boon Responds!

Update: Fans will be pleased to know Tremor will join the game as part of The Kombat Pack. The DLC fighter was revealed in a trailer along with Tanya in March, 2015.

The nebulous world of the fan petition is far from an exact science, often ranging from the absurd, to the unlikely. Change.org hosts the good and the bad indiscriminately, offering a free platform to collect e-signatures for just about anything. The distinction of supporters is dubious, but every now and then a petition garners so much interest it stands out from the crowd. Such is the case with Make Tremor A Playable Kombatant in Mortal Kombat X.

The petition has freshly counted more than 4,000 supporters, with more arriving each day. Even taking into account inflated numbers supplied by dummy posts and spoof votes, that's an impressive figure for a character whose existence dwells in spin-off obscurity, trivia, and fan-fiction.

Tremor first officially appeared in the ill fated 2000 third-person shooter: Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. He was given an unlikely reprieve in 2012 -- as featured by Mortal Kombat Online -- finding his way into PlayStation Vita versions of Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition.

Fans in the Twittersphere will have become aware of the campaign through the tireless dedication of @TremorBD and the FeelTheTremor hashtag. His efforts as petition founder supporter have also been shared by various NetherRealm Studios staff, including Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick, and beleaguered series co-creator/notorious Special Forces denier: Ed Boon.

So, why Tremor?... In their petition outline, [@mk10news & @mk102015] make the case, "Tremor would make a good addition to Mortal Kombat X's roster due to the fact he has a unique relationship with the Black Dragon and the Lin Kuei, the latter of which he was rumored to abandon, the first Lin Kuei ninja to do so and live."

As a burly bruiser with a ground pound special among his most prominent weapons, he made a convincing counterpart warrior for Jax, when finally appearing. Fan-fiction has expanded on Special Forces to reimagine him as an elementally based earth warrior -- a valid option to embellish an incomplete character visually, and functionally. The thought of a modern grappler in MK, also attractive. [See; Bane (Injustice)]


Popular Tremor Fan Design by Artist jaggudada.

When Mortal Kombat Online discussed the character with series co-creator John Tobias, he offered a tantalizing tease of what might have been, "I do remember having big plans for Tremor, but when I conceived him, he wasn't a member of the Black Dragon. He was a Lin Kuei hired as muscle by a mad man who was trying to open a gateway between Earth and Outworld."

What ever the outcome, it's clear fans are eager to see what the developer could do with these basic ideas. The characters of Special Forces may have been condemned to star in an unimpressive, troubled project, but their existence has helped flesh out the criminal underbelly of the Black Dragon clan, and added to the mystique of the sprawling fictional universe. With MKSF sub-bosses Jarek & Tasia showing up in the comics, and fan created costumes confirmed for DLC - now seems as good a time as any to make the leap!

Review: Mortal Kombat X #2 Chapter 6
Kotal Kahn's origins are revealed in a massive secret origin!

Note: The following review contains spoilers! If you haven't read digital Chapter 6 (or Mortal Kombat X #2 in print) you should visit DC Entertainment to purchase unread chapters for 99c each!

Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties continues with a sharp turn away from the previous chapter's cliff hanger ending - toward a solo spotlight in a mini-story aptly titled "Kotal Kahn: Sekret Origin".

It's an incidental detail, but it's fun to see the comic book tradition of the "secret origin" incorporated into Mortal Kombat. Long time fans know the ties between MK and comics. It's a small acknowledgement of the fusion of cultures that is now stronger than ever. It's also a very effective way to get the root of one of the most interesting new characters introduced to Mortal Kombat in a very long time! Kotal is character we've been eager to learn more about since his E3 2014 unveiling, and abrupt introduction to the comics, in chains, during Chapter 4.

The epic backstory is condensed into a simple but effective episode. In many ways, it's reminiscent of the klassic video game character bios, spread out to show what it also tells.

It starts with the conquest of a golden realm called Osh-Tekk, many ages ago. Shao Kahn and the forces of Outworld [above] reintroduce its ruler Kotal K'etz to the forgotten concept of defeat.

We've always known Shao Kahn conquered and merged many realms into his empire of Outworld, so it's nice to go back to a time before the conflict with Earthrealm, to see another of the fallen cultures. A culture that, as it turns out, succumbed willingly after their bitter defeat. It was a gambit that allowed Kotal K'etz to retain his treasures - chief among them a "portal stone". This portal stone answers the question raised in the previous chapter: why is Kotal Kahn so casually visiting the Special Forces of Earthrealm? As it turns out, he has deep ties to our world through the use of this stone!

As it turns out, Kotal Kahn doesn't just resemble an Aztec deity - he is one! Much as we've learned Raiden is known by other names to other cultures (such as Haokah); Kotal Kahn is identified with the Aztec war god Buluc. He gained this mantle through an Osh-Tekk rite of passage called the "Realmwalk", which sent him into the harsh, warring world of Earthrealm. It's a familiar concept for strengthening a young warrior -- popularly identified with the Spartan agoge -- and a fine wrinkle to tie him to our world.

Where things start to break down a little is in the timeline. Sticklers for the original series fiction will remember Goro as the undefeated champion of Mortal Kombat for 500 years. As fate has it, Kotal Kahn arrives in The Amazon jungle at the same time as the Spanish conquistadors. This places the story around 1519 -- meaning the conquest of Osh-Tekk was close to Goro's first tournament win, possibly after (depending on the elastic determination of "the present"). We know Goro defeated Earthrealm's last great champion: The Great Kung Lao. The rules of the Elder Gods' tournament were in place for quite some time before Shao Kahn and Goro conquered the golden realm. Given the stretch of time between Mortal Kombat tournaments,

it's not unreasonable to think Outworld was monitoring other interests whilst pursuing Earthrealm through sporadic tournaments, but we've certainly never thought of it that way, and the conquest is not depicted with any sense of the Elder Gods' rules. If there's more story here, we welcome it. Perhaps the Osh-Tekk were forsaken by the Elder Gods, had no godly representation, or was a "realm" of Outworld in the traditional sense, rather than the otherworldly MK sense. After the 2011 reboot, we just hope it was thought about, rather than glossed over.

In any case - from the perspective of creating Kotal Kahn, the timing is obviously perfect. He's ingrained in the warring human culture his father forewarned. He participates in protecting his unidentified tribe -- possibly the famed inhabitants of Tenochtitlan -- fighting both rival tribes, and the Spanish invaders. This piece of history also provides a final flourish that fits the blood ties motif running throughout the series, although, timelines again become a little sketchy.

Kotal Kahn returns to Outworld when the Aztec enemies dwindle and he grows bored. While his realmwalk is complete, papa K'etz is unimpressed by his son's efforts. He sees a bigger picture. When Kotal rejects his father's doom saying, he discovers the Amazon tribe are dead. Killed by the ritual drinking of their enemies' blood, which was infected with unseen disease and pestilence. History fans know smallpox and typhus really did decimate the Aztec people. It's tough to line it up with Kotal Kahn reaching adulthood in The Amazon, but the warped history deserves a gimme.

While we might question attention to detail, the broad strokes here are excellent. Kotal Kahn has instantly become one of the great new Mortal Kombat characters - a warrior we hope can endure into future instalments. It's expected his ties to Earthrealm and Outworld will play well into the game and continuing story.

We presume the broad strokes have come from NetherRealm Studios, but as in previous chapters, Shawn Kittelsen has been at his best when writing these fertile, new characters. Artist Geraldo Borges lacks the slick inks and completed art of Dexter Soy, but his compositions serve the story well.

This chapter reads exceptionally as a stand-alone episode, but when packaged in print with the two previous chapters, it should compliment Kotal Kahn's first appearance, wrapping around to answer those questions we had regarding his entrance. The story is open to continue in a big way - too! In present day, Mileena has been deposed as Empress of Outworld, but we see Reiko and Goro working alongside her in the final pages! Excellent!

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