Our friends at NetherRealm Studios have officially released new high quality render poses of MK's two most iconic hat wearers, Kung Lao and Raiden!

The heroes of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II return in the new game, joining forces once more to quash the threat of Shao Kahn and the forces of Outworld! These renders follow the recent release of a dynamic Raiden wallpaper art, via the official MK Facebook. The Kung Lao render appeared previously with the announcement of an Italian tournament announced by cartoomics.it [full story].

Mortal Kombat is on the home stretch, released April 19 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Fans unable to wait that long can download a PlayStation Network exclusive demo, which includes Stereoscopic 3D elements and four playable characters, as well as an extensive preview trailer for those who defeat it's challenges!

The demo -- already available to PlayStation Plus subscribers -- will be available March 15! Those unable to download the preview can seek it out on the Mortal Kombat Truck Tour, currently touring the United States until the release of the game. MKO has pictures and reports from the first stop, as well as fully updated times and locations.