News Archive - September, 2010
Offical Mortal Kombat 2011 Website Updated!

The official Mortal Kombat website has been changed revealing a teaser of what's to come for the site.

After providing your Date of Birth, You are requested to choose your fighter. Scorpion is the only one available right now and shows two renders. One is a Shadow Fatality featuring a characters silhouette experiencing a Fatality and the other is a Revealed Fatality showing Scorpion performing one of his Fatalities.

We will monitor the site as we anticipate more happening with it in the very near future so check back!

To see the overhauled official site for yourself please click here.

Update #1: The site has just now reverted back to it's original state. Accidental leak or perhaps they're just teasing us. More information when it becomes available.

Update #2: A Countdown now exists on the website. The timer ends at Midnight PST on Sunday the 10th October. What this timer indicates isn't entirely clear but it could be the date for the full site Launch or at the very least the date new content is released!

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe now available on Xbox Live!

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe has just been added to Xbox Live's Games On Demand service which allows you to download games directly to your Xbox 360 HDD.

This is the first Mortal Kombat game to become available through this service.

You can purchase the game directly from your Xbox 360 Console at the price of $29.99. It is also available for download outside of the United States.

This could also potentially spell the possibility that previous and upcoming Mortal Kombat games can be bought from Xbox Live in the future!

Gameland Magazine reveals Mortal Kombat article preview!

Russian gaming magazine Gameland has released a preview of their upcoming feature article on Mortal Kombat.

The digital screenshot shows the page layout of the article along with a render of the Edenian princess Kitana posing with her Steel Fan's.

The article is to include an Interview with the games producer - Hector Sanchez which was made during the Gamescom 2010 event also.

Gameland Magazine, Issue 314 is available on Russian Newstands now!

IG Interviews Shaun Himmerick!

IndustryGamers has conducted a lengthy new interview with Mortal Kombat executive producer Shaun Himmerick. The interview touches on several points such as online gameplay features, the team's relationship with Warner Bros. and the possibility of games on the handheld systems. From the article:

IG: A lot of social features are making their way into titles. Are you planning anything to make the Mortal Kombat community bigger?

Himmerick: Yeah, we’re doing two big things. We’re doing tournaments, but we don’t consider that a big part of our thing. We’re doing all the standard features like that: online fights and tournaments. We’re also doing a thing we call King of the Hill. Which literally is trying to recreate the arcade feel, so you’ll get in and on the Xbox have your avatar and on the PS3 we’ll create some. Then your guys will sit there and watch the two guys fighting. So you can see the guys fighting, “Oh, he’s using that character!” [And then you can ] kind of plan, “Oh, I’m going to use this character against that. He keeps using that move over and over, I know how to battle that.” And you can watch your guy getting closer to the front of the line. It’s kind of like the quarter thing. So you can watch that and battle guys, stay in the line, and go, “Aww, man he’s done ten in a row!” And a lot of our menus you’ll see things like on King of the Hill, that guy’s won ten in a row, so people are trying to get in the room.

IG: You seem to have a really robust engine here. Are you planning PSP or even 3DS versions of Mortal Kombat?

Himmerick: We’re not launching day one on all consoles like that. We are looking at them, we have a PSP2 in the house, and we’re looking at the engine, like what can it support. Always a big thing for us is the performance. We’re running at 60 fps, what can we do and do we have to build all the art assets over. We’re definitely looking at them. PSP2 looks like it’s a pretty powerful machine. We don’t have a 3DS system in house yet, but we’re looking to get one, and we’ll certainly look at what its power is.

Though nothing new is confirmed, at the end of the interview Shaun does mention both Raiden and Shao Kahn as "confirmed", though doesn't necessarily say that Shao Kahn is a playable character. The implication is there however, so we will keep our eyes on how that pans out. To read the rest of the interview, click here.

Thanks to Mike Williams of IG for the word on this interview!

Mortal Kombat HD Arcade Kollection Updates

The rumored HD collection of the original three 2D Mortal Kombat games has once again made an appearance, this time being listed at GAME, an online merchant site for gaming in the United Kingdom. This reflects Gamestop's current listed release date for the game, currently slated for 11/16/2010.

However, the game remains unannounced at this time. We will keep our eyes peeled for official confirmation of this project, which should be soon if the release date advertised on these sites is to be trusted. Gamespot is covering this story as well.

Thanks to for the word on this!

Netherrealm Studios Releases First New MKast!

By popular demand, the guys at Netherrealm Studios have released the first in a new series of MKasts! MKasts are their series of podcasts about upcoming Mortal Kombat games. This new season of MKasts is different in that it's done in video, with hosts Hector Sanchez and Hans Lo sitting in a "fireside" setting while footage from the new MK is shown.

This particular MKast was filmed some weeks ago, right before the MK team moved out of the old Midway offices to their new studio. Most of the discussion revolved around information previously already seen, with some insider talk about discussion of how new fatalities are made, feedback from the fans, and other items. Two items of note that were revealed were that the privately shown videos of gameplay and fatalities that were shown at E3 would not make it to the general public, and that the official website would become more of a community site, with forums and other features. At the end of the video, they answered questions from Twitter, and encouraged the fans to submit questions to Hector's and Hans's official Twitters.

For your convenience, the MKast is embedded below.

Ed Boon Posts Character Teaser Image!

In support of Shao Kahn's recent battle in Gamespot, Ed Boon himself rallied the cause via his Twitter account, promising to confirm a character or give a new screenshot. Today, he posted a small portion of this said character.

The image shows the leg of what looks to be a female character, weaing a red boot and what appears to be a draping cloth with black markings. We can only guess at this character at this point. Initially, this leg seems to most closely match Sareena, a character introduced in Mortal Kombat: Mythologies: Sub-Zero, a game chronologically occurring prior to this game's storyline. A recent Shaun Himmerick interview hinted that rumored characters could become a reality in this game, leaving a possibility for a red version of Kitana and Mileena rumored in Mortal Kombat II going by the name of Skarlet (among other nicknames). Either of these characters would be our first taste of something that was not in the 2D games, so it is possible this could be a redesigned Mortal Kombat 3 character such as Sindel or perhaps an alternate costume of some sort for Mileena or Kitana.

As soon as more information is available, we will report on it. Thanks to Ed for uploading this interesting image!

Update #1: Unfortunately, Kahn has fallen. What this means for the identity of this character, we do not know. Whether you agree with Gamespot poll or not, we must be proud of ourselves, the MK community for getting this teaser as a result of our efforts. We will stay tuned to Ed's account and hope he decides to reward us for our efforts!

Shao Kahn a Contender for Gamespot's Greatest Game Villain!

Gamespot has been holding a contest for the All Time Greatest Game Villain.

The Emperor himself has already survived Two Rounds destroying his competitors like Officer Tenpenny (Grand Theft Auto), and Jon Irenicus (Baldur's Gate: II).

Shao Kahn is currently duking it out with General RAAM (Gears Of War). Voting for this fight ends on September 10th.

To ensure he remain's in the competition and progresses to the Final 8 contenders and to eventually win the contest. YOU have to vote for him!

To view the All Time Greatest Game Villain Main Page click here and for Shao Kahn's current fight and to Vote please click here.

Ed Boon himself has rallied the cause. Posting on his Twitter.

"If you guys help Shao Kahn win I will reveal another character or screen shot or something cool about the new MK game. :)".

So if you want to see some newer content from the upcoming Mortal Kombat game then ensure Kahn's victory and VOTE!.

Mortal Kombat at PAX 2010!
SEATTLE KOMBAT!

Mortal Kombat is making a major media stop at this year's PAX in Seattle. The conference got underway today and the first images are appearing on the major media outlets covering the event. Known to be attending are Kotaku and GamesRadar so far.

Kotaku gave us our first look at the game's presence by showing us the cabinets previously reported on while GamesRadar has updated with some floor shots, one of which includes a look at the updated select screen with the recently announced Kitana and Cyrax.

Initial reports are that recording equipment is not permitted at the show, but we still expect some hands on reviews to come forth in the coming days as the event progresses. As that happens, this thread will be updated so stay tuned for the latest!

Update #1: Online reviewer Jeremy Jahns has just now uploaded an interview with Ed Boon right from the showfloor at PAX. Nothing entirely new is learnt. But Ed states that he expects at least five Stage Fatalities will be present in the game. Small snippets of gameplay can be seen half-cut during the interview showing glimpses of Kitana. To view the video please click here.

Update #2: The official Mortal Kombat Facebook has added a few images from the show, including one showcasing the game being a nominee for Best of PAX 2010 and another featuring buttons and t-shirts with the game's dragon logo. There are also a few more pictures of the booth itself on their wall, so be sure to go check it out.

Update #3: Destructoid has done an interview with Ed Boon live at the PAX show. One of the topics discussed is the possibility of free DLC along with paid DLC for MK 2011. it can be watched here.

Update #4: The folks over at Original Gamer have posted some video footage from PAX, this time with gameplay of Sub-Zero vs. Johnny Cage. This includes his Fatality! The video can be seen here.

Update #5: GameXplain has posted 2 gameplay videos from the PAX show, one of Sektor vs. Mileena (though this video has been mislabeled as Kitana), and one of Sub-Zero vs. Reptile. You can spot some insane moves that happen during battle, but one of the coolest things about seeing this are the win poses: Sektor crosses his arms across his chest and activates his flamethrowers, and Mileena shows you an extreme close-up of her grotesque blood-spattered face, which looks very zombie-like. Choose to watch either Sektor vs. Reptile, or Sub-Zero vs. Kitana. Later the channel added another video, this time featuring Nightwolf vs. Sub-Zero, ending with Nightwolf's fatality.

Update #6: Another person has uploaded a video from PAX showing some gameplay footage, though the quality isn't as good as some of the other ones. The video, uploaded by allbowdown384, can be watched here.

Update #7: Yet another video has been uploaded to youtube, this time by stevemcb1982. This particular video is in quite good quality and shows a fight between Scorpion and Sub-Zero, showcasing several of their special moves and fighting abilities. It ends with the recently unveiled Sub-Zero fatality. Click here to watch it.

Update #8: ScrewAttack has posted a video from the floor of the show with commentary regarding X-ray specials as well as other miscellaneous comments and first impressions. A clearer shot of the new select screen with the two recently announced characters can be seen near the end. Click here to check it out.

Update #9: Gamepro has posted a hands-on preview with Kitana. AJ Glasser's preview of the Edenian princess remarks on her feel in the game and her special moves. However, the review should be taken with a grain of salt since he admits to playing with a button mashing style to some degree. He also comments on low kicks being "cheap" within the game overall. Click here to check out the article.

Update #10: Another video has been uploaded to youtube, this time by GameXPlain. This particular video is in decent quality and shows a fight between Scorpion and Nightwolf in Shang-Tsung's Throne Room It also shows Nightwolf's Fatality where he embeds one of his Tomahawks in his opponents head. Then decapitates them with the other tomahawk then holds their severed head up in the air. Click here to watch it.

Update #11: GameTrailers has just posted a very good quality video showcasing Tag Team gameplay. Cyrax and Kitana can be seen performing an array of special moves like Cyrax's Net and Kitana's Fan Lift during the video along with the first look at one of Cyrax's fatalities involving his wrist Buzzsaw. To view this video yourself please click here.

Update #12: Another YouTube user, mcsdhacker, has uploaded some video footage from the show, this time featuring Reptile vs. Reptile. It's a very short video (30 seconds), but in the time we see both his invisibility and his dash, as well as what looks to be some kind of acid-enhanced punch near the very end of the video. This video can be seen here.

Update #13: Machinima.com has conducted a new interview with Ed Boon. New gameplay footage is shown during the interview, featuring more Kitana and Cyrax gameplay. At the end of the interview, Cyrax's much discussed Net Fatality is performed. To watch the interview click here.

Update #14: CVG has posted a preview and a mini text interview with Ed Boon. Though nothing unseen is revealed, the interview focuses a fair amount on Mortal Kombat being taken seriously as a competitive fighting game, noting the extensive air combo system. Click here to read the article in full.

Update #15: Another Youtube user has uploaded a video of the game. This video inparticular is a match between Sektor and Johnny Cage with Sektor performing his fatality in full. The video, uploaded by ShadowedAsh, can be watched here.

Update #16: Several more Youtube videos have been uploaded as PAX comes to an end. This set of videos includes the likes of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Nightwolf and Cyrax. In the tag match video, we can see some of the select screens and the movelist screen. Kung Lao also shows off his non-fatality victory pose. bobisaninja27 uploaded Kung Lao vs. Nightwolf. MrGamerGuru13 uploaded a lengthy tag match between Scorpion and Cyrax vs. Nightwolf and Sub-Zero. alvingm uploaded Cyrax vs. Sub-Zero. ShadowedAsh uploaded Scorpion vs. Sub-Zero.

Update #17: Videos are still surfacing after PAX has come to a close. In the latest two, we get to see one of Kitana's fatalities, in which she slices off the head and arms of her victim. You can also see Nightwolf's Victory Pose in the second link. Kitana's Fatality and Nightwolf Victory Pose.

Update #18: On a lighter note, Ed Boon interviewed Giant Bomb (this isn't mistyped) about Mortal Kombat. It's nothing new but it's very cute and humorous. Check it out here!

Update #19: Konsole Kingz conducted a very good interview with Hector Sanchez during PAX 2010. The interview is accompanied by gameplay, where we can see things like the special move version of Johnny Cage's ball break and Sub-Zero's end match win pose. In addition, Hector reveals that major fighting game tournaments have been in contact with them regarding the new game, including perhaps the most well known in EVO. Click here to watch this interview.

Update #20: Two more YouTube users have released yet more gameplay videos from the PAX show, featuring Fatalities. fonzcorp, has uploaded one showing Reptile's Fatality here, and Martial Arts Fights has uploaded Johnny Cage's here.

Update #21: Mortal Kombat has been awarded THREE awards from PAX by Machinima. The game won the Best Fighter award, Best Booth award and remarkably the Best of Show award. It's quite a feat to say the least! To watch Machinima's Award Show please click here.

IGN Posts New ScrewAttack Armory Video - Kung Laos Hat!

IGN has posted a new video by ScrewAttack in its Armory series featuring Mortal Kombat's own Shaolin monk, Kung Lao!

The video showcases the several uses of Kung Lao's razor sharp hat, mostly featuring his numerous fatalities using it. Included are his vertical hat slice from Mortal Kombat II, his skull split from Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and several from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Footage from the upcoming Mortal Kombat game is also shown in the form of his two fatalities from the game.

Thanks to for the word on this story!

Sheeva and Sektor Win! Fatality Friday Returns with a Tie!

For this week's Fatality Friday, the MKCommunityManager has revealed the top choices of the community for the favorite fatalities from Mortal Kombat 3. Sheeva and Sektor come out on top in a surprising tie between Sheeva's Skin Rip and Sektor's Compactor!

Be sure to follow Mortal Kombat on Twitter and participate in the weekly questions posted by the community manager. The page is located here.

Thanks to and for notifying us of this story!

Joystiq Releases New Screenshots!

Joystiq.com released four new screenshots today featuring eight characters in various states of combat. Included is a screenshot of Cyrax performing a special move, possibly a redesign of his Saw Blade attack from Deadly Alliance. Not to be outdone, Nightwolf is showcased bringing down a green energy knife on Mileena. Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Reptile are also featured.

Perhaps equally interesting is the addition of a rather menacing beast in the background of Shao Kahn's Arena. Could this beast possibly be involved in a Stage Fatality? Only time will tell.

To view the screenshots at the source, click here!

Our thanks to the folks at Joystiq.com as well as forum user for bringing these latest screenshots to everyone's attention.

WB Games Releases Shadows Trailer for Mortal Kombat!

A day after IGN released the "Shadows" teaser trailer for the new Mortal Kombat, WB Games has released an HD-quality non-watermarked version of the trailer. The trailer features several kombatants, seen only by their shadows (hence the trailer name), fighting and finishing each other. The music is Disturbed's "Another Way to Die", off of their fifth album. (Unlike Adema's "Immortal", this song was not created specifically for Mortal Kombat.)

In addition, WB Games released the following press release with the trailer.

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios are unleashing an all-new trailer for the highly-anticipated video game Mortal Kombat releasing in 2011 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The rocking trailer features several classic Mortal Kombat fighters hidden in the shadows preparing for their next vicious attack. Even in the darkness, players will recognize the blue blaze of Raiden's electricity and the iconic spear attack of Scorpion. You'll find these kombatants are just as brutal, if not more, under the veil of darkness.

The new Mortal Kombat trailer’s soundtrack is provided by the single "Another Way to Die" from the new album Asylum from hard rock band Disturbed. Asylum is the fifth studio effort from the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated hard rock band and is available everywhere now. The band has 11 million albums and six million digital tracks worldwide, and have scored eight No. 1 singles at Active Rock radio over the course of their career. For more information on the band please visit www.disturbed1.com

With PAX 2010 around the corner, more info on the game will definitely be forthcoming. As we learn more, we'll be sure to bring it to you.