GameDaily recently got together with Mortal Kombat series co-creator and project lead Ed Boon, to get a first-hand hands-on look at Midway's upcoming latest installment in the MK series, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon! While the interview and hands-on didn't reveal anything new for the most part, there were a couple of paragraphs that did stand out. From the article:

The main gripe we've had with Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Deception were simply that they were both too shallow. Coming from fighting games such as Tekken and Virtua Fighter, the amount of depth featured in the combat system of both previous MK titles this generation was lackluster at best. However, sitting down with Boon gave us a new outlook on where he was coming from. Boon himself is an avid Tekken fan, and when he has leisure time, he plays Tekken. With Mortal Kombat (especially the last two titles in the series) Boon wanted to create a fighting game that was easy for anyone to just to pick up and play.

From Deadly Alliance to Deception, the series has remained geared toward novice fighting game fans, while still adding bits of depth here and there. Deception added Kombo Breakers and death traps on top of the existing Deadly Alliance fighting game engine. Armageddon picks up where Deception left off by adding aerial combat and a new parry to the fighting engine. The game will still feature the ability to pull off three Kombo Breakers per fight, but this time you can also use a parry. By pressing back and the block button when your opponent attacks, your character will parry the attack, leaving your opponent vulnerable. This should add a bit more strategy to the battles, and keep players on their toes.


While we're still eagerly awaiting the first next generation MK title (which we'll have information on shortly), MK: Armageddon is shaping up to be the must have MK title of this generation. The online play has been retained from Deception and remains unchanged, and there's a new mini-game that has replaced Puzzle and Chess Kombat. Unfortunately, Midway isn't ready to talk about it yet, but we'll have more on Armageddon and its secret mini-game before it releases in October.

This is the first we've heard of new information concerning a next-generation MK title; keep tuned here, for as soon as we hear something we'll pass it on!

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