News Archive - July, 2011
Sony To Broadcast EVO Through PlayStation Home Theater!
Perfect Legend defeats REO and is crowned The Champion!
Sony announced through its blog that it will be giving PS3 users the opportunity to stream EVO, the largest fighting game tournament in the U.S., over their Home Theater service on PSN!


"Sony announced today it will be broadcasting all three days of the world's largest fighting game tournament through its virtual world. By visiting the PlayStation Home Theater, PlayStation 3 owners will be able to watch tons of fighting game action as reigning two-time reigning Street Fighter champ Daigo Umehara goes for his third championship in a row.

As for what you can watch from Home, things kick off with three rounds of Super Street Fighter IV action on Friday morning. Saturday is dedicated to Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and then the top eight from each of the tournaments will compete for their respective championships on Sunday in the following order: BlazBlue Continuum Shift, Tekken 6, Mortal Kombat (the new 2011 game), Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Super Street Fighter IV. The full schedule can be seen on the PlayStation Blog."


Be sure to stay tuned to MKO as the weekend progresses for all your EVO updates! Also, if you do not own a PS3 or wish to use another service, EVO is also being streamed by Shoryuken.

UPDATE: The top 8 have been determined and will battle it out in the finals on Sunday, July 31st! The Top 8 competitors in Mortal Kombat at Evolution 2011 are:

Winners Bracket:

Chris G
JOP
Perfect Legend
Denzell Terry

Losers Bracket:

16-bit
OnlineTony213
ATL Redd
REO

UPDATE 2:

Perfect Legend wins! Fatality!


Perfect Legend defeated REO in a breathtaking final to become the Mortal Kombat champion! We at MKO want to extend our warmest congratulations to Perfect Legend for a well fought victory against the greatest players in the world.

Australia moves forward with the introduction of an R18+ rating!

In relation to our past article, the Standing Council of Attorney'sGeneral meeting has reported an agreement in-principle between the many states and territories of Australia concerning the introduction of an R18+ rating system for video games.

Eight out of nine states agreed with an R18+ rating introduction, New South Wales being the only one to abstain. However, the Federal Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, has stated that the adult rating is going through with or without the consent of NSW and it's expected to be implemented before the end of the year!

Gaming websites Kotaku and R18games have full and extensive reports concerning everything related to the R18+ introduction in Australia.

Via Gamespot's live stream, Brendan O'Connor has stated that he expects the new rating system to be implemented in Australia in a few months. He also stated that regardless of NSW's Attorney decision, Greg Smith, the Commonwealth is ready to overrule NSW if they still oppose to the changes making it the only state that will not be selling R18+ video games.

Considering NSW didn't say "no" to the rating system, and their own statement of not wanting to be "the odd one out", according to Brendan O'Connor, it sounds like the possibility of implementing the new rating before the end of the year is very positive.

ABC.net.au has a Press release with Brendan O'Connor's statement regarding this subject. From their article:


"This is a big step forward in the long running debate on classification of computer games for adults," Mr O'Connor said. "The introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games will provide better advice to parents and help prevent children and teenagers from accessing unsuitable material. Once introduced, the new classification will also afford adults the opportunity to view material designed for adults. It is a credit to all jurisdictions that the meeting has now been able to achieve agreement over what is a complex matter in classification policy. I thank all jurisdictions for their support for what is not just a practical public policy, but also very popular policy."


These are indeed good news for all Australian gamers and Mortal Kombat fans.

Meanwhile, South Australia's AG, John Rue, is planing to remove the MA15+ classification in his own state by putting stickers on all MA15+ rated games. He has confirmed that this plan has been approved by the South Australian Government.

Thanks to forum members LemyAddum and Mango for giving us the heads-up on this news story!

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MK Legacy: Cyrax and Sektor - Series Finale is Now Available for Viewing!

After a long and much anticipated wait, the final episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy was released yesterday at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

The episode can can be seen over at Machinima's Youtube Channel. The ninth and last episode of the exciting Mortal Kombat: Legacy series centers around the Lin Kuei's desire to transform all of its clan members into supreme Cyborg-assassins of great technology with Shane Warren Jones (Cyrax) and Peter Shinkoda (Sektor) becoming the first candidates for automation.

As previously confirmed in our Exclusive Interview with Shane W. Jones, the episode also features the surprising appearance of the Lin Kuei assassin, Hydro, a character that was created for the Mortal Kombat (Blood & Thunder) Malibu Comic Book series back in 1993.

Images of Hydro and the other Cyborgs were released by Kevin Tancharoen via his twitter account:

Meanwhile, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, has been updating his own twitter account with updates concerning the MK: Legacy series such as a huge promotional banner featuring Sonya Blade and Jax along side Scorpion and Sub-Zero as well other things pertaining to the Comic-Con Event in San Diego:

The first eight episodes are still available online, providing IPv6 program testing does not limit access:

Though we are sad to see the end of the successful Mortal Kombat: Legacy Series, we can't help but to feel excited (and hopeful) for the future of Mortal Kombat, as the possibility of a new live-action film or extended television series is still not out of the question. We would like to thank and congratulate the entire MK:Legacy crew and cast for bringing this project to life.

For more information on the cast, crew, and build-up to the series, check out the Mortal Kombat Online Legacy Kompendium!

Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes are available free to stream via Machinima, and to own on iTunes, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network [full story]!

Find more information about MK: Legacy, news, and other Q&A; interviews in the MKO News Archive. Connect with MKO via Twitter (@MK_Online) and Facebook for competitions and live updates.

Special thanks to forum member Siang for submitting this News lead!

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Pop Culture Shock Collectibles Announce New Line of Mortal Kombat Statues!

Fans of the Mortal Kombat series remember a time when the popular fighting-franchise invaded the world with various MK-related products and merchandize. The merchandize came in the form of comic books, films, action figures, T-shirts, stickers, hats, toys, backpacks, soundtracks, and even an animated TV show among other things.

Today, we feel like the good all days are starting to come back and they feel better than ever!

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has made an official announcement concerning their licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to produce various 1/4 scale Mortal Kombat Collectible Statues:

""The Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive version will come packed with a Bonus Piece - Scorpion's true Skeletal Head!!! "

NORTHRIDGE, CA (July 19, 2011): Pop Culture Shock Collectibles are pleased to announce a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to bring 1/4 scale mixed media statues of characters from the most brutal fighting game of all time, the legendary Mortal Kombat, to die-hard collectors’ homes this year.

Pop Culture Shock has made a name for themselves with their Darkstalkers™ and ThunderCats statue lines, distributed through Sideshow Collectibles and Diamond Distribution. The Mortal Kombat fighters are the perfect addition to this ever-growing collectibles universe offering highly detailed sculpting and meticulous painting which captures every determined scowl and evil grin to perfection.

“Having spent many years bringing the world warriors of Street Fighter to sculptural life, I'm extremely excited to add the unstoppable Mortal Kombat fighters to the Pop Culture Shock Collectibles lineup,” stated Jerry Macaluso, President and Founder of Pop Culture Shock Collectibles. “The Mortal Kombat video game series presents the player with a diverse collection of complex warriors each as unique as they are deadly. It is every artist's dream to tackle a license like this and create sculptures so real you think they might attack!"

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' first sculpture for their Mortal Kombat line will be SCORPION, a collectible so jam-packed with detail, a true fan's only response will be "GET OVER HERE!" SCORPION makes his debut wearing his costume from the latest Mortal Kombat video game, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and is posed mid-action with his spear atop a glow-in-the-dark base riddled with the remains of fallen enemies. The Sideshow Collectibles exclusive version will come packed with a bonus piece - Scorpion's true skeletal head!

Scorpion will make his first appearance in the Sideshow Collectibles Booth (#1929) at San Diego Comic-Con this July 20-24 and will be available for pre-order at Sideshowtoy.com on Tuesday , July 19th!


Though no information is currently known concerning the other Mortal Kombat Characters that will be immortalized through their collectible statues, we will keep you updated as soon as we receive further notifications in regards to their project.

A good number of pictures and complete summaries of the two different and limited PCSC Scorpion statues (700 pieces worldwide) can be found at SideShow Collectibles. You can also Pre-Order them today by following that link (US $314.99 and $324.99 respectably).

To view the original Scorpion statue follow this link. To view the SideShow Exclusive Edition Fire-Skulled Scorpion statue follow this link.

Whether its in the form of:

* SycoCollectibles' beautiful statues

* Fan-designed "Klassic Gear" (shirts, hats, baby onuses, mugs, etc)

* Jazwares' new line of MK Action Figures

* Kevin Tancharoen's MK: Legacy Episodes

* MK's Soundtrack inspired on the warriors

* The Kollector's Edition statues

* Or the Kollector's Edition bookends among other things, it's impossible not to rejoice about the return of Mortal Kombat.

Don't forget to follow our report concerning the beautiful and extraordinary MK SycoCollectibles' statues and Syco's Exclusive Offers and Exclusive reveals for the MKO community.

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Freddy Krueger MK Bio, New Gameplay Footage, and Interview with Ed Boon!

Following the announcement of Freddy Krueger this Thursday at Comic-Con, the Official Mortal Kombat Website has been updated with a new character section featuring his biography along side special quotes that make reference to this sinister character:

"A malevolent spirit of the Dream Realm, Freddy Krueger preys on the souls of the living as they sleep. When Shao Kahn began to steal Earthrealm's souls - souls Freddy considered his own - Freddy battled the emperor in the Dream Realm. But Shao Kahn's will was too strong. He pulled Freddy into the real world, where he was mortal, and defeated him. A badly injured yet determined Freddy fitted both his hands with demonically enhanced razor gloves. Once he has killed Shao Kahn he will find a way back to the Dream Realm, where he will torment Earthrealm's souls for eternity."

Shortly after Freddy's reveal, gaming website PlayStation.Blog secured an interview with the co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, in which he discusses his reasons for choosing "The Prince of Fear" as a DLC character, Freddy's powers in the fighting arena, Rain's true origins, Kenshi, and much more. From the interview:

PSB: So what is the inspiration for bringing Freddy Krueger to Mortal Kombat as a DLC character?

EB: It was a number of things. It’s kind of hard to choose a character who would fit well into the Mortal Kombat universe, with the blood and violence that’s so associated with it. Kratos from God of War is a brutal, bloody character, so he makes sense. When we had the discussions about the DLC characters, we knew that we wanted to add a returning character, a new character, but also a guest character. That was one of the goals right from the beginning. A number of names were run by us: Jason, Michael Meyers and all those guys. Freddy Kreuger, we felt, was the most instantly recognizable and he fits in with Mortal Kombat with his claws. It just seemed like the best fit."

To read the full interview head over to PlayStation.Blog.

Update #1: A new video featuring Freddy with extended gameplay footage has been revealed:

Thanks to our forum member KITANA for the heads-up!

Freddy will be released Tuesday August 9th on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. He is also the final quarter of the Season Pass which is available now!

Keep up to date with all things Freddy Krueger and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy at Comic-Con 2011!

After a long and much anticipated wait, the final episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy was released yesterday at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

The episode can can be seen at GameSpot and it includes a small Panel Excerpt featuring director Kevin Tancharoen along side Ed Boon and Legacy's cast members Shane Warren Jones (Cyrax) , Peter Shinkoda (Sektor) and Darren Shahlavi (Kano) among others.

The ninth and last episode of the exciting Mortal Kombat: Legacy series features the origins of Cyrax and Sektor. It centers around the Lin Kuei's desire to transform all of its clan members into supreme Cyborg-assassins of great technology.

As previously confirmed in our Exclusive Interview with Shane W. Jones, the episode also features the surprising appearance of the Lin Kuei assassin, Hydro, a character that was created for the Mortal Kombat (Blood & Thunder) Malibu Comic Book series back in 1993.

Images of Hydro and the other Cyborgs were released by Kevin Tancharoen via his twitter account:

Meanwhile, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, has been updating his own twitter account with updates concerning the MK: Legacy series such as a huge promotional banner featuring Sonya Blade and Jax along side Scorpion and Sub-Zero as well other things pertaining to the Comic-Con Event in San Diego:

The first eight episodes are still available online, providing IPv6 program testing does not limit access:

Though we are sad to see the end of the successful Mortal Kombat: Legacy Series, we can't help but to feel excited (and hopeful) for the future of Mortal Kombat, as the possibility of a new live-action film or extended television series is still not out of the question. We would like to thank and congratulate the entire MK:Legacy crew and cast for bringing this project to life.

For more information on the cast, crew, and build-up to the series, check out the Mortal Kombat Online Legacy Kompendium!

Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes are available free to stream via Machinima, and to own on iTunes, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network [full story]!

Find more information about MK: Legacy, news, and other Q&A; interviews in the MKO News Archive. Connect with MKO via Twitter (@MK_Online) and Facebook for competitions and live updates.

Special thanks to forum member Siang for submitting this News lead!

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Freddy Krueger Kreates a Nightmare in MK!
One, Two, Freddys Koming for You....

NetherRealm Studios have announced the 'mysterious' Fourth DLC kombatant at this years Mortal Kombat Panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The legendary sinister and malevonent, horror movie icon, Freddy Krueger from the highly popular A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.

"Freddy Krueger "The Bastard Son of one hundred Maniacs" is a fictional character from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of horror films. He was created by Wes Craven and has been portrayed by actor Robert Englund in every film until recently with Jackie Earle Haley taking the role. He is an undead serial killer and child molester who can attack his victims supernaturally from within their own dreams and nightmares. Freddy is commonly identified by his burnt face, his red and green sweater, a fedora hat, his trademark metal-clawed glove, and sadistic and witty persona..."

"Freddy Krueger is set to Invade the Mortal Kombat Tournament..."

This incarnation of Freddy is using his likeness from the latest film, played by Jackie Earle Haley as opposed to being modelled on the original actor, Robert Englund.Making an impressive transition from Film to Video Game, Freddy now wields two of his infamous Bladed Gloves which can also be used as a Projectile and a Ground Pop-up or used vigorously in combo's and strikes whilst in kombat. Other nods to his supernatural prowess include a Fiery Teleport and more! His X-Ray involves impaling his victim in their lungs with his gloves and then swiping all four blades across his opponents face. Both of his Fatalities are partially shown. The first one being reminiscent of a scene in the first Nightmare on Elm Street film where the opponent is dragged underground and then a geyser of blood bursts forth, and the second one involves Freddy summoning his trusty old Furnace, locking the opponent within it and in the process severing their arm and burning them to a crisp, incinerating them...

Freddy is released Tuesday August 9th on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. Hhe is also the final quarter of the Season Pass which is available now!

View the latest DLC Kombatant Trailer embedded above or check it out over on IGN's Youtube Channel. Keep up to date with all things Freddy Krueger and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page. Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

NetherRealm Studios releases Rain MKast, Artwork and Concept Images!

Continuing the celebration of Rain's release on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live, NetherRealm Studios have sent us over several pieces of concept art and illustrations featuring the malevolent Edenian traitor.

The art work allows us to appreciate the different changes and various details in Rain's costume design as well as a couple of illustrations from his Arcade Ladder Ending.

In addition, Mortal Kombat's Community Manager, Rigo Cortes, has released via his twitter account the fifth Episode of the MKast (Series 2), which he accurately calls: TheRainKast.

The new MKast features well known NRS team members talking about Rain's design, his DLC popularity, the development of the sound effects used for his special moves and more.

Rain is the third DLC character to be released and he is available on the Playstation Network for the price of $4.99 and Xbox Live for 400 MS Points. The fourth DLC Kombatant is set to be unveiled this Thursday at ComicCon.

Keep up to date with all things Rain and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

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Voting on Adult Classification for games in Australia to be Delayed!

In relation to our articles concerning the decision to ban Mortal Kombat in Australia, GameSpot AU is reporting that the voting on the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games is likely to be delayed once again.

The voting will take place this Friday at the Standing Committee of Attorney's General meeting (SCAG). Australian gamers remain hopeful, but, the NSW Attorney-General's department reports that Greg Smith, New South Wales Attorney, will not be voting in favor of this issue. From GameSpot's report:


"In May this year, GameSpot AU canvassed the opinion of all nine federal, state, and territory censorship ministers on the issue of R18+ for games. The poll revealed that six out of nine states and territories--the federal government, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, and the ACT--were in support of introducing the adult rating for games in Australia. The remaining three states--NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia--declared they would make their final decision in the lead-up to the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) meeting this Friday."

"Now, the NSW Attorney-General's department is declaring that the NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith will not be voting on the R18+ for games issue."


In addition, a spokesperson for Smith declared to GameSpot AU that they "want to wait to see the results of the ALRC (Australian Law Reform Commission) classification review." The ALRC review is not excepted to be complete until early next year.

In order for the Adult Rating System to be introduced in Australia, a consensus needs to be reached between all of Australia's state, territory, and federal governments.

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Fourth DLC Character to be unveiled at ComicCon this Thursday!
Plus, Finale for MK: Legacy, Tournaments, Prizes and Meet the NRS Team!

NetherRealm Studios have forwarded us over some information regarding Mortal Kombat's attendance at this years San Diego, Comic-Con 2011 which will be held at the Gamestop within Westfield Horton Plaza which will be within walking distance from the main convention and will commence on Thursday, July 21st at 7pm.

""The mysterious Fourth DLC Kombatant will be revealed and become playable at Comic-Con!! "

Along with the debut of Mortal Kombat Legacy's Final Episode [Full Story], featuring Cyrax and Sektor, a few other exciting prospects have emerged! Firstly. The Fourth DLC Kombatant will be receiving their much anticipated announcement reveal and will also become playable at the event for the attendees alongside the rest of the roster in a tournament< style competition involving several unannounced prizes!

There will also be the chance to meet the team at NetherRealm Studios with potential photographic and autograph opportunities available! Keep up to date with all things Comic-Con and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page. Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

Mortal Spotlight: MKO Q&A with Shane Jones!
Shane Warren Jones Talks Like a Robot in Special Interview with MKO!

Programmed to Fight -- Cyrax as he appears in Mortal Kombat: Legacy!Comic-Con International 2011 runs July 20-24 and it's there that -- after a month a half's wait -- fans will finally get their chance to glimpse the long awaited ninth episode of Mortal Kombat: Legacy!

Featuring a surprise spotlight on Cyrax [pictured right] and Sektor; the episode will tell the tale of Lin Kuei warriors fated to become unfeeling, mechanized weapons. With a design borrowed from the latest Mortal Kombat video game, the episode speaks directly to fans, spotlighting the MK3 additions in a curious close to a series that featured mainstream icons like; Sonya (Jeri Ryan), Jax (Michael Jai White), Scorpion (Ian Anthony Dale), Raiden (Ryan Robbins), and more.

The unexpected delay in schedule already has many speculating about what lies ahead at Comic-Con, which has become one of the most reported launching pads for new and existing projects. With an uncensored BluRay release already on the cards, possibilities of a television expansion, or feature film, remain open.

In anticipation of the episode and the series' conclusion, Mortal Kombat Online took the opportunity to talk to Shane Warren Jones before he officially becomes a cyborg assassin. The actor stars in dual roles as both Cyrax and lesser known Malibu Comics creation, Hydro. MKO probed him for more on that surprising twist, as well as his experiences with the series and hopes for the future.

[MKO]: How did you first get involved with MK Legacy?
[Shane Warren Jones]: Well, I first heard about it when a couple friends of mine had worked on the MK: Rebirth pitch. I literally got an audition a week before shooting started and flew out the following weekend for a fitting and two days later we began shooting.

It seems to be a role that demands a lot of physicality. What kind of background do you have?
The physical background I have is in dance and martial arts. I've studied kung-hu for a few years and dance all through high school/college. I started training at a gym called White Lotus Martial Arts in Los Angeles about three years ago, and have been studying a sport called Tricking ever since. It's a good work out.

As an actor/martial artist, which skills have been most stretched by MK Legacy?
Definitely the martial arts aspect.

You play a cold-blooded cyborg programmed to kill in one of the most violent fighting franchises in games. What's something warm and reassuring people might like to know about you?
[Laughs] True, true, that is an accurate assessment of my character. Well, I'm a huge nerd and hopeless romantic at heart... So... yeah... The complete opposite of a cold blooded cyborg anything! If you get me in a room and talk comics I'll probably nerd out with you. I grew up with the stuff. But shhhhh, don't tell anyone. Ninjas can't love, or nerd out.

What was your impression of Mortal Kombat before joining Legacy?
Like I said; I knew some of the guys on the Rebirth pitch and I was very impressed with the quality and realism put into the project for an under the table pitch [laughs]. Then I got to read the script and my role on the plane and I couldn't help but get excited.

How familiar were you with Cyrax before getting the part?
I was familiar only through his introduction in MK3, but I did my research and was really excited to see that the character had such a cool arc to it.

Have you played the new game at all?
I didn't get to play the new game until after I had already shot, but I've played it at the launch party, loved it and will say that I did beat our director, Kevin Tancharoen, in one round at the party... Which, in my opinion, isn't bad for never having practiced before. That dude plays a mean Smoke! [laughs]

Hydro -- Illfated Lin Kuei Fighter Created by Malibu Comics!There have been a lot of reports that you're playing two characters -- Cyrax and Hydro. Is that accurate?
Yes, that is correct. All I can say is that Hydro is also part of the Lin Kuei. [smiles]

What were some of the demands of playing two characters? How did you separate them?
Well, I was lucky in that there wasn't a lot of info on Hydro, so it was pretty hard to mess him up. It all came down to what Kevin wanted out of me performance-wise. Some of the difficulties would be, what are essentially the different, distinct mannerisms of the individual characters themselves. I tried doing some research on [Hydro] and not very much came up other than, 'He only appears in a few issues of the comic.'

The games have seen a lot of plotlines over time. Is Cyrax a character you'd like to do more with?
Oh, absolutely! Like I said before, Cyrax has really grown over the course of the past six games. While I haven't played the ones in between MK3 and MK9 at length, I am aware of the turn the character takes and his journey in juxtaposition to Sektor's journey, and without revealing too much before the episode, I believe we've only touched the surface of it, and I would LOVE to really flesh that character out for the fans.

We've seen pictures and trailer clips of the suit. What was it like to wear? Does the work diminish the 'cool factor' of the look?
[laughs] The suit was snug, to say the least, and there was no cool factor being diminished. What's the point of being a ninja if you can't even enjoy wearing the cool gear... Am I right? [He's right, folks.]

Cyrax and Sektor -- Looking Quite Cool!

The last episode has been held off for a month and a half. Has the added wait been as tough for you as it has been for fans?
[laughs]Hharder even... trust me. It's been quite a ride.

What do you think the future holds for MK Legacy and its characters?
I hope, much like everyone else, that we get a series and/or movie going with the grittiness that Kevin wants and can deliver. MK is a really visceral franchise and needs someone who can really put that on the big screen.

What are you hoping people take away from the SDCC unveiling of the episode?
What I hope people take away is that first and foremost that we are badasses [laughs]. I'm kidding.

What I hope fans take away, those who enjoy the series and those who had other expectations -- (I've read some of the venom spewed on YouTube [laughs]) -- is that there is an incredible amount of work that goes into the entertainment that they enjoy. Not just from the actors, but from the crew -- directoir, stunt coordinators, stunt men, producers, studios, etc etc. This is all done to please them because we love what we do. I hope they enjoy it and it makes them dream a little bigger.


Shane Warren Jones and Director Kevin Tancharoen (who plays a mean Smoke).

Mortal Kombat: Legacy episodes are available free to stream via Machinima, and to own on iTunes, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network [full story]! Mortal Kombat Online would like to thank Shane Warren Jones for his time and wish him well at SDCC!

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MKO Exclusive: SycoCollectibles, Previews, Discounts & More!
IMMORTALIZED IN STONE...

Mortal Kombat Online is proud to announce an affiliation with Syco Collectibles , a specialty manufacturer in licensed and proprietary collectible products who has recently acquired the Mortal Kombat licence for both Mortal Kombat 2011 and 'Klassic' Mortal Kombat's to manufacture highly-detailed and stoic Characters from our beloved franchise thanks to parent company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

"Check out the Full Details on the Raiden Statue along with an Interview with Syco and more in the Second Part of our Syco Collectibles Feature! "

""Syco Collectibles would like to offer MK Online a Custom, Exclusive Statuette voted for and chosen by the Kommunity - Have your say in the Exclusive MK Online Statuette - Member Submission's Thread!! "

Syco Collectibles have chosen us to give you all an Exclusive First-Look Preview at their upcoming 10" final, WB approved; sculpt statuette of the electrifying, Thunder God, Raiden who is expected to become available to purchase some point next month! Raiden will come complete with electric blue LED lights in his eyes and hands as a special feature along with a removable hat.

We will have another exclusive First-Look Preview Next Week with the reveal of the 10" Statues for the Shaolin Monk and Chosen One - Liu Kang and the Seductive Maneater and Clone of Princess Kitana - Mileena!

Raiden, Final Approved Sculpt!

"MK Online members will recieve an Exclusive Discount! "

Mortal Kombat staples, Scorpion and Sub-Zero have also been unveiled as the first two characters clothed in their latest attires to become immortalised in marvellous 10" hand-painted Polystone statues! Both the Scorpion and Sub-Zero statues come with LED light-up eyes! Also, available is a Limited Edition, Exclusive 10" Scorpion statue, the difference here is that he comes with a changeable, alternative skull head, complete with an LED light in his remaining eye! These phoenonemal statues retail for $164.99 but MK Online members can recieve an exclusive discount on all these collectibles. Scroll down for further information!

Two other variants are present in the form of a Limited Edition 18" Sub-Zero Premium Format statue, complete with white, LED light up eyes and an alternate; changeable head with his regular eyes intact! The second is an incredible 1:2 scale Scorpion Bust with the Limited Edition Exclusive variant featuring white, LED eyes! These three collectibles retail for $299.99, $199.99 and $199.99 respectively! Like with the previous products, an exclusive MK Online discount will become available!

""Characters like Raiden, Mileena, Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Reptile, Shao Kahn and Kitana are currently in the works with the rest of the Roster expected to follow!"

Perhaps one of the most flattering and humbling gestures ever presented to us as a kommunity site is in the form of a potential Custom MK Online Exclusive Statuette! Syco Collectibles have given us the oppurtunity of a lifetime by offering such an immortalising gift! What this statue becomes however, is down to you. The kommunity! Some critieria has to be achieved, given that this is a business working with our beloved franchise. The requirements are for an estimated 100 members who will pre-order the statue and make a small deposit to ensure it's sale and cover it's production costs. This will be a Limited Edition one-off production! The most exciting part though, is that you will all get the chance to pitch who this statue will be of! We will be holding a large discussion on this and the 5 most popular choices will be consolidated into a Poll and the winning idea will be forwarded over to Syco Collectibles to begin them on the drawing board! Expect even more information on this enthralling prospect as the days continue, But for now drop into the Exclusive MK Online Statuette - Members Submission Thread! to have your input!

MK Online Member Discount: We have managed to procure a fantastic oppurtunity for the MK Online kommunity! Syco Collectibles are to be offering us and yourselves a generous and staggering 20% discount (approximately) on all their Mortal Kombat Collectibles current and future. Below are links for each currently available product at the exclusive 20% Discount:

"An Interview with Mikael Wallman, the COO of Syco Collectibles discussing the design process, amongst other burning questions will be available soon!"

Taking note of the acclaim and demand the kommunity has had for the latest games DLC Kombatant's, the telekinetic swordsman, Kenshi and the upcoming traitor to the realm of Edenia, Rain, Syco Collectibles would like to know which of these two warriors would best be suited immortalised in Polystone. We are to be conducting a Poll on our front page for who you'd want to see more as a 10" statue. The results of this poll will influence and possibily dictate which kombatant will make the sculpting table! So if you want Rain over Kenshi, or Kenshi over Rain be sure to cast your vote to the left-hand side!

Check back Next Week when we will have Exclusive First-Look Previews of the upcoming 10" Mileena and Liu Kang Statues, An Interview with Mikael Wallman, the CEO of Syco Collectibles and details on Future Character Statues, Busts and Dioramas along with further information on Member Discounts and more! Until then feast your eyes on the magnificent collectibles in the images above, cast your vote on the Poll and submit your thought and ideas on the Exclusive MK Online Statuette - Member Submission's Thread!! This is going to be a real Kommunity-Intensive venture so be sure to show your support and appreciation for Syco Collectibles by visiting their links below and by purchasing some of their incredible collectibles to add to your current Mortal Kombat Kollection's!

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Klassic Kitana and Jade Skins Trailer and Render!

NetherRealm Studios have released the next Compatibility Pack Klassic Skins Trailer focusing on the Edenian Princess, Kitana and the Loyal Edenian, Jade in their Klassic Mortal Kombat II costumes. This Pack serves as the third set of Klassic costumes, with one more expected to follow along with the unnanounced, mysterious 4th DLC kombatant!

Kitana and Jade are bundled with Rain or seperate as the Compatibility Pack and are released Tuesday July 19th on Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Rain will be 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. He is also one fourth of the Season Pass which is available now!

View the latest Klassic Skins Trailer embedded above or check it out over on Official Mortal Kombat Youtube Channel. Keep up to date with all things Rain and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

Rains Story Vignette Trailer Released!

NetherRealm Studios have released the next story vignette, focusing on the next incoming DLC kombatant, the Traitor to the realm of Edenia; Rain via gaming website - Eurogamer.net. Rain's vignette covers his origins and backstory explaining why he is so rightfully labeled a "Traitor of the Realm".

"Shao Kahn's conquests orphaned many children, but, only one was adopted by the powerful Edenian Resistance. Under their strict tutelage, he became an elite, but, arrogant fighter named Rain. Though Rain had served the Resistance well for many years, he was denied his own command. Infuriated, he betrayed his brethren and joined his mortal enemy, Shao Kahn. Ignoring loyalty, Rain is hellbent on his mission: obtain true power and destroy anything that gets in the way.."

"Rain was adopted by the powerful Edenian Resistance. Under their strict tutelage..."
Below is Rain's official Biography from the Official Mortal Kombat Website:
"A refugee orphaned by Shao Kahn's conquest, Rain grew up under the protection of the Edenian Resistance. An exceptional fighter, he soon rose through their ranks. As his reputation grew, so did his arrogance. When Rain demanded leadership of the Resistance forces, he was refused. Infuriated, he turned against his rebel comrades and betrayed them to their sworn enemy. In payment for this treason, Rain was promised his own army by the emperor Shao Kahn. Power would be his - no matter the cost... "

Rain is released Tuesday July 19th on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. Hhe is also one fourth of the Season Pass which is available now!

View the latest Character Vignette embedded above or check it out over on EuroGamer's Video Page. Keep up to date with all things Rain and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

Thanks to our News Correspondent in training, for collaborating on this vignette story!

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Comprehensive Mortal Kombat 2011 Patch Notes And Desync Fix Guide!
NetherRealm Studios designer Paulo Garcia has, through the official Mortal Kombat forums, released notes for the handful of patches to the game.

These patch notes carefully map all the changes since launch and go into great detail, covering all of the characters in the game as well as more general concerns. Be sure to note the date of release, console, and patch number.

The changes are as follows:

Ver. 0.127S-208-FD2E2ECD (Xbox 360) / Ver 0.127S-208-FD2E2ECD (PS3) *released 4/19/2011

• Reduced the life gained on Shang Tsung’s throws.
• Raised the damage scaling on Shang Tsung’s ground fireballs.
• Adjusted Kratos’ damage scaling.
• Temporarily adjusted how long Quan Chi is held for after hitting someone with his trance move and also adjusted the reaction recovery time. This was to prevent an easy infinite loop.
• Temporarily removed some of Sindel’s 2in1 cancels to prevent some easy infinite loops.
• Temporarily increased the time before Cyrax can throw another net after connecting with one to prevent an infinite loop.
• Increased the damage scaling after several popup reactions.


Ver. 0.127S-208-FD70F4B3 (Xbox 360) / Ver. 0.127S-208- A0FAD3CF (PS3) *released 5/20/2011

• Reduced some of Kung Lao’s combo and overall damage.
• Reduced the damage on some special moves.
• Increased the damage scaling after Kitana’s Enhanced ground fan toss.
• Adjusted some juggle’s damage scaling.
• Reduced the damage on some basic combos that were doing too much damage without using any meter.
• Increased Sheeva’s damage output for several of her moves and attacks.
• Temporarily Changed around some of Sonya’s fighting style properties to reduce her ability to lock someone down in block stun.
• Changed Kano’s Towards Front Kick to a low block.
• Reduced the recovery on Kano’s Upball to be closer to Johnny Cage’s Flip Kick recovery.
• Increased the damage of some of Baraka’s special moves and attacks.
• It is easier to juggle combo after hitting someone with Baraka’s chopchop on the ground.
• Increased the damage scaling on a frozen opponent.
• Baraka’s Away Front Kick, Front Punch combo is now a true popup


V 138S-228 (Xbox 360) / V 138S-228 (PS3) [update version 1.02] *released 06/10/2011

General Gameplay Fixes/Tweaks
• Changes to ranked and unranked auto matchmaking to help reduce the amount of time it takes to find a match and to more reliably match players of similar skill
• Tweaked in game peer to peer data transmissions for smoother gameplay.
• Opponent would sometimes play air reactions instead of ground reactions if attacker performed a combo initiated from a jump in punch that was blocked.
• Adjusted a few knocked down reactions that were missing knocked down states in them resulted in OTG wi
ndows.
• Fixed instances where some fighter’s Combo Breakers could be punished with wake up attacks if performed near the corner.
• Fixed some near 100% damage combos involving some Tag Assists
• Gravity adjustments on some air reactions to reduce the amount of unintended repeated hits in the corner for some fighters.
• Adjusted damage scaling for several reactions to reduce some fighter’s ability to land very large damage off of meterless combos.
• Added a tweakable switch to turn on the ability to throw escape when thrown while blocking (this is currently still set to off!)
• Fixed a bug where tagged in partners would sometimes come in from the wrong side of the play field.
• Fixed issue where some fighters could move after defeating an opponent in the first round after an X-Ray.
• Fixed an issue where sometimes the secret ladder fight characters would show up as the wrong color.
• All turnaround attacks now chain into their correct combos.
• Cleaned up some tag-ins and assists that were coming from the wrong side of the playfield.

Baraka
• Adjusted the air reaction to the chop chop blades to allow for juggle opportunities afterwards

Cyber Sub-Zero
• Tightened the input window for his mid bomb.
• Added a tweakable switch to turn on the ability for his bombs to freeze opponents in reacting states (this is currently still set to off!)
• Fixed an exploit where Cyber could remain in active parry state after a successful parry

Cyrax
• Added additional 2-in-1 options to some of Cyrax’s strings
• Cyrax’s Away+FP Command Grab has had its escape frame wi
ndow widened to match the escape window of other throws
• Adjusted some reactions that resulted in completely unavoidable bomb popup scenarios
• Reduced the time after Cyrax has hit an opponent with a net before he can shoot another one
• Cyrax’s enhanced upkick no longer auto-faces during its attack
• Fixed an infinite loop involving Cyrax’s Net

Ermac
• Ermac can no longer true combo 2-in-1 from the last hit of the BP, BP string
• Ermac’s enhanced fireball now correctly costs meter when done from a 2-in-1
• Increased the damage scaling on a lifted opponent
• Fixed a bug where Ermac would occasionally shoot out an invisible fireball
• Slightly increased the recovery frames on a blocked or missed force push


Jade
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of her Enhanced shadow kick
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of her Enhanced staff overhead
• Fixed a case where sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Jade’s throw the incoming partner could land a free hit


Jax
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced Dash Punch
• Lowered the amount of meter gained for doing ground pounds
• Jax can now dash cancel out of any of his ground pounds
• The enhanced dash punch is slightly faster and goes farther
• The promove 6th slam of the quad-slam does 1% addition damage now!
• Jax’s X-Ray attack has super armor on it until the collision is over


Johnny Cage
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced Shadow Kick
• Fixed an exploit where Cage could remain in active parry state after a successful X-Ray


Kabal
• Removed a block infinite resulting from repeated blocked Down+FK’s into Cancelled Dash’s
• Removed a block infinite resulting from repeated blocked Back+BK, FP’s into Cancelled Dash’s
• Kabal’s air fireballs hitting a wall no longer add damage scaling to a stationary opponent
• Fixed a bug where repeated Kabal air fireballs would sometimes be invisible


Kano
• Kano’s alternate costume should now correctly play his Victory cinema
• Kano’s alternate baby should now show up in his Babality correctly
• Kano can now jump in punch chain into his Towards+FP combos
• Kano’s enhanced choke grab now requires the correct buttons when done as a wakeup attack
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced Kano Ball (he loses the armor if he charges the ball)
• Kano’s X-Ray attack has super armor on it until the collision is over
• Fixed a case where sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Kano’s throw the incoming partner could land a free hit


Kitana
• Increased the damage scaling applied after Kitana’s Enhanced Fan cancel opportunities

Kung Lao
• Gameplay adjustments to the Spin to make it not quite so dominant in exchanges
• Kung Lao’s Spin is now slightly easier to punish on block
• Reduced number of Dive Kicks that can be performed in a single juggle combo
• Player can now block while being staggered by his enhanced hat toss
• Kung Lao no longer has advantage on a blocked overhead punch from his teleport
• Fixed a bug where Kung Lao could retain his armor from an enhanced teleport


Liu Kang
• Fixed instances of being able to OTG from Liu Kang’s X-Ray, forcing the opponent into a standing reaction
• The first hit of Liu Kang’s FP, FP, FP string will more reliably hit from a cross up jump in punch if Liu Kang is in flip stance
• Fixed it so you do not get stuck in his Dragon Stance if you hit the flip stance button during it
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced Bicycle Kick
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced Flying Kick
• The Bicycle Kick now does the correct amount of damage and hits no meter which hit of the attack frames hit
• Fixed a case where sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Liu Kang’s throw the incoming partner could land a free hit
• Fixed an exploit where Liu Kang could remain in active parry state after a successful parry


Nightwolf
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced Shoulder
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced choke grab
• Nightwolf’s Axe uppercut effect and collision now always goes in the correct direction if the opponent gets on the other side of him after he has started it
• Nightwolf is no longer punished for throwing certain characters


Mileena
• Fixed Mileena’s uppercut recovery when she remains ducking after landing it
• Fixed case where sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Mileena’s throw the incoming partner could land a free hit


Noob
• Fixed instances where Noob’s Breaker could cause damage
• Noob can now 2-in-1 into all 3 versions of the Blackhole
• Noob recovers slightly faster after throwing the blackhole
• Fixed a camera glitch after a successful teleport grab
• Fixed a case where sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Noob’s throw the incoming partner could land a free hit


Quan Chi
• Fixed an exploit allowing Quan Chi’s Trance and Buff special attacks while the opponent was tranced
• Slightly reduced Quan Chi’s advantage after sky drop hit
• Quan Chi recovers faster after a successful Trance
• Fixed an infinite loop involving Quan Chi’s Trance


Raiden
• Adjusted the blocked Superman ball off reaction to allow for easier punishment
• Away+FK, FP, BP is no longer advantage on block
• FK, FK, BK’s recovery when blocked is slightly adjusted
• Raiden’s has slightly less advantage after doing his Towards+FK, 2-in-1 into a teleport
• Slightly increased the recovery on a missed Raiden air superman fly
• The active frames on Raiden’s superman fly start slightly later


Reptile
• Fixed a rare facing issue that would sometimes cause Reptile’s X-Ray to attack in the wrong direction
• Fixed an issue with the collision on Reptile’s X-Ray that will fix some inconstancies with it landing in specific instances


Scorpion
• Scorpion can no longer be punished by breaking an opponent’s combo near a wall
• Fixed that sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Scorpion’s throw resulted in a free hit for the incoming tag partner


Sektor
• Fixed a facing issue with Sektor’s Up+FK attack that should allow it to land more reliably during kombat
• Sektor can no longer be punished by breaking an opponent’s combo near a wall


Shang Tsung
• Fixed an issue where Shang Tsung’s turnaround FK would perform a punch instead of the intended kick
• Fixed an issue where Shang Tsung’s Upward Fireball would track an opponent that had jumped over him well after the windup on the attack had begun
• Shang Tsung can no longer be punished by breaking an opponent’s combo near a wall


Sindel
• Sindel can now 2-in-1 into her specials from her FK and her Towards+FK
• Fixed an infinite loop involving Sindel’s Scream


Sheeva
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced grab n punch
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced air grab
• Added a few frames of armor to the beginning of the Enhanced fireball
• Sheeva’s X-Ray now works against opponents with armor on
• Sheeva has a new Towards+FK, Away+FP combo


Smoke
• Closed the small window that allowed for a free Smoke Bomb after a successful air throw
• Fixed an issue with Smoke’s Throw Escape that allowed it to be punished if successful in some instances
• Reduced the damage scaling after a Smoke Bomb popup
• Smoke’s enhanced Smoke Bomb can now hit grounded opponents (doesn’t popup) for unscaled damage.
• Smoke recovers slightly faster after a missed air teleport
• Fixed an exploit where Smoke could remain in active parry state after a successful parry

Sonya
• Reverted some of Sonya’s temporary fighting style adjustments
• Fixed it so you do not get stuck in her Soldier Stance if you hit the flip stance button during it
• Sonya can no longer be punished by some characters for landing her X-Ray near a corner
• Increased the armor time on her Arch Kick and Cartwheel


Stryker
• Stryker can no longer be punished by some characters for landing his X-Ray near a corner

Sub-Zero
• Fixed a window where an opponent frozen near the ground could get stuck and wouldn’t recover from the reaction
• Sub-Zero can no longer be punished by breaking an opponent’s combo near a wall
• Fixed that sometimes when defeating the first opponent in a tag match with Sub-Zero’s throw resulted in a free hit for the incoming tag partner

V 140S-230 (PS3 only) *released 7/07/2011

• Addresses online desync issues related to classic costume dlc packs.

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For Xbox 360:
In order to fix the desynchronization errors on the Xbox 360, you must manually re-download the Klassic Kostume DLC files from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Re-downloading the Klassic Skins Pack will not fix the problem. You must re-download the original pre-order skin(s). Instructions for re-downloading:

1. Hit the guide button (XBox Logo button on controller)
2. Go to the right to the tab labelled "Settings"
3. Select "Account Management"
4. Select "Download History"
5. Select the pre-order DLC you wish to re-download.
6. Choose "download again"


We would like to thank NetherRealm Studios and Paulo Garcia for providing this information to the community.
NetherRealm Studios release Rain's Fatality Wallpaper!

NetherRealm Studios have unveiled the latest Fatality Wallpaper and Biography for the Edenian traitor, Rain on the Official Mortal Kombat website.

Featured in this particular Wallpaper, is a new Fatality for Rain where he encapsulates his opponents head in a bubble of water, begins to asphixiate and drown them, causing their body to inflate beyond natural proportions and subsequently causing them to explode in a visceral show of bloodied, wet body parts!

Rain's Biography:
"A refugee orphaned by Shao Kahn's conquest, Rain grew up under the protection of the Edenian Resistance. An exceptional fighter, he soon rose through their ranks. As his reputation grew, so did his arrogance. When Rain demanded leadership of the Resistance forces, he was refused. Infuriated, he turned against his rebel comrades and betrayed them to their sworn enemy. In payment for this treason, Rain was promised his own army by the emperor Shao Kahn. Power would be his - no matter the cost... "

Rain will be available Tuesday July 19th on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. He is also one fourth of the Season Pass which is available now! You can also view Rain's Page on the Official Mortal Kombat website. Keep up to date with all things Rain and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

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Gamespot release Rain Gameplay Trailer!

Gamespot have unveiled the Edenian traitor, Rain in a new Gameplay Trailer which have previously been focusing on upcoming DLC Kombatants! Rain first made his debut back in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and didn't make the inclusion in this games initial roster. But due to huge fan demand he has been instated as the third DLC character!


"Rain grew up under the protection of the Edenian Resistance..."

Rain's Biography:
"A refugee orphaned by Shao Kahn's conquest, Rain grew up under the protection of the Edenian Resistance. An exceptional fighter, he soon rose through their ranks. As his reputation grew, so did his arrogance. When Rain demanded leadership of the Resistance forces, he was refused. Infuriated, he turned against his rebel comrades and betrayed them to their sworn enemy. In payment for this treason, Rain was promised his own army by the emperor Shao Kahn. Power would be his - no matter the cost... "

Rain, sporting similar attributes in his attire to his MK: Armageddon appearance, whirls like a hurricane in his entrance and seems to have had an impressive update to his moveset! Returning is his infamous Super Roundhouse Kick along with his Lightning Bolt special moves, along with a new arsenal including a Teleport, encapsulating his opponent's in a Water Bubble and zoning them with Jets of Water amongst other moves.

Also featured in the trailer are glimpses of his Fatalities which utilize his prowess with water-based attacks, making use of his water bubbles to snap his foe's legs before decapitating them with a stream of highly pressurised water and for his second in what appears to asphyxiate his opponent, subsequently drowning them. His X-Ray is also witnessed, which involves Rain snapping the opponent's elbow before finishing off with a Roundhouse Kick to their face. His Victory Pose also pays homage to his UMK3 stance with a new addition of him summoning actual rain from the skies.

Rain will be available Tuesday July 19th on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. He is also one fourth of the Season Pass which is available now! It is unknown who will be accompanying him in the the adjacent Compatability Pack but codenames for the two characters have been announced as Blueberry and Lime. Let's speculate to who these two characters klassic costumes are!

View the latest Gameplay Trailer embedded above or check it out over on Gamespot's Video Page. Keep up to date with all things Rain and Mortal Kombat related by following us over on Twitter at @MK_Online or by liking us over on our Facebook Page.

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Netherrealm Studios release First Render of Rain!

NetherRealm Studios have unveiled the deceptive, royal blooded kombatant; Rain! The third kombatant set for release via downloadable content for Xbox Live and Playstation Network through their Official Mortal Kombat Facebook Page!

In the render, Rain is sporting a very arabian-esque ninja aesthetic with similarities transfered over from his previous attire from MK: Armageddon. Rain is expected to become available for purchase from both the Xbox Marketplace and the Playstation Store within the next fortnight and will cost 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. If you already have purchased the Season Pass then he will become available for downloading within the games DLC menu!

A Gameplay Trailer is to be released this coming Monday, the 11th July featuring Rain and unveiling his playstyle and moveset for the first time. Expect it here once it becomes readily available!

For everything Rain and Mortal Kombat related, be sure to follow us on our Twitter account at @MK_Online and by liking us over on our Facebook Page. Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

MKO Kompetition: Kenshi PSN DLC Codes Giveaway!
For a chance to win follow us on Twitter - @MK_Online

We've given away Skarlet Codes over the last couple weeks and now we have a handful of everyones favourite blind swordsman, Kenshi DLC Playstation Network codes at our disposal which will be dispersed over the next fortnight or so in our Trivia Tuesday and for a limited time only our Trivia Thursday competition giveaways on our Official MKO Twitter Account!

Trivia Tuesday and Thursday comprise of us asking the community a question in relation to the Mortal Kombat franchise. We then randomly select a participant who answers the question correctly to become the winner and who will subsequently recieve the prize! The Trivia competition has been a weekly affair for the past couple of months involving various prizes and rewards!


So be sure to follow us on our official Twitter account at @MK_Online ready for the next Trivia Tuesday for a chance to win yourself a Kenshi PSN Code!

We may also be acquring some Kenshi codes for Xbox Live for future competitions so stay tuned for more information when it becomes available!

Kenshi is available now on Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 400 Microsoft Points and $4.99 respectively. For full details on him please click here! He is also one fourth of the Season Pass which is also readily available! Keep up to date with all things Mortal Kombat related by liking us over on our Facebook Page. Think you've got a news story? Send your submissions to our MKO Newslead.

Second DLC Character Kenshi Officially Released!

Originally announced in April, a few days before the release of the latest Mortal Kombat, the second downloadable character addition to the roster is now available for purchase! With an array of unique attacks and fatalities, the blind swordsman Kenshi slashes and wills his way into the consoles of PS3 and Xbox 360 users.

Much like the first DLC character Skarlet received, a short MKast was released by Netherrealm Studios in promotion of Kenshi. MK team members Erin Piepergerdes, Tony Zeffiro and Paulo Garcia speak about the latest addition to the roster, noting that their first intention was to make him a completely unique character, presumably apart from fellow telekinetic warrior Ermac. His heavy use of his Japanese themed sword helps in setting this tone, along with his astral projection special abilities that are more reminiscent of Noob Saibot's shadow clones than anything Ermac has in his arsenal.

Several pieces of concept art have also been officially released, as shown in the MKast. Two featuring Kenshi enacting his revenge on the devious sorcerer Shang Tsung, while the others focusing on the genesis and progression of Kenshi's design for this game, including the detail on his signature sword.

Kenshi is available on the Playstation Network for the price of $4.99 and Xbox Live for 400 MS Points. At this juncture, NRS has stated that Kenshi should be available for XBL users some time early July 6th.

Kenshi's release also coincides with another classic skin set, this time featuring two more ninja who did not receive the classic preorder treatment; Noob Saibot and Smoke. Even without the purchase of Kenshi, these alternate costumes are available to all players free of charge through download of the compatibility patch.

If the DLC release pattern holds true, the much sought ninja Rain should be making his much heralded appearance soon as the third DLC character! Stay tuned to @MK_Online on Twitter for all your breaking news on the Mortal Kombat series!

Noob Saibot and Smoke Klassic Kostumes and Easter Egg!

NetherRealm Studios has recently released more content to the already robust Mortal Kombat. Among the slew of content are klassic kostumes whereby many characters don outfits reminiscent of the early days of the series. This time it is the shadowy wraith Noob Saibot and Lin Kuei ninja Smoke who received retro treatment.



What is especially interesting is that NetherRealm Studios, never foregoing a chance to mess with the heads of their loyal fans, have included two notable Easter Eggs. The premise is a simple one: Draw devoted fans back to memories of 2004's Mortal Kombat: Deception in which, in an early demonstration of the now staple tag team mechanic, Noob Saibot and Smoke fought as a team. Although the duo lacked a weapon (a staple among the rest of the cast), upon switching stances the characters themselves would swap between each other. This tag dynamic, proving popular enough among fans, eventually brought us to 2011's Mortal Kombat featuring a robust tag team option.

As a throwback, not only do Noob and Smoke team up to display their retro duds in the reveal trailer, upon selecting Retro Noob another change occurs. Normally while performing Noob's X-Ray attack, a shadowy doppelganger holds Noob's victim prone while Noob himself deals devastating damage. However, upon selecting Retro Noob, it is none other than Retro Smoke who holds Noob's victim during his X-Ray attack. All other shadow attacks are of Noob's standard shadow duplicate, albeit in retro garb.

This would not be the first time NetherRealm Studios appealed to fans' nostalgia. The recently released DLC characters Skarlet and Kenshi likewise have a storied history in Mortal Kombat lore.