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!