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New Mortal Kombat To "Revolutionize Online Play?"

Well, now that the Mortal Kombat franchise is in the hands of Warner Bros., we probably should've figured we'd see something new.

According to a job listing found by TRMK, it seems that the next MK project will break new ground in the world of online multiplayer...as it relates to fighting games, we assume. The job description for a Senior Software Engineer at WB Games Inc. in Chicago says the aim is to boost the online play and make this title "the gold standard" for online multiplayer. That description reads as follows:

"WB Games Inc. seeks a Senior Software Engineer, Network to help us implement cutting-edge online features to ensure the Mortal Kombat franchise is an industry leader in online functionality. We are looking to position Mortal Kombat as the “gold standard” for network play, and we are looking for someone who wants to push the boundaries of what is possible with online interaction.

You will work closely with architects and designers on both the Mortal Kombat team and the advanced technology group to help design and implement functionality ranging from the core network transport layer all the way to owning the final implementation of brand-new features that will revolutionize online play."

Wanna apply? Head on over to the official listing and send in your resume, if you want to be part of the "revolutionizing." For our part, we kinda like this new direction, but it's not like they haven't gone in new directions in the past; we just recently saw Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which worked out very well. Now, it seems the next goal is to put a fighting game in the online community limelight, and we'll definitely keep an eye on this project.

8/10/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (59 posts)

BTNwarrior
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 9:57:13 PM
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Well I hope that they bring back mortal kombat chess with this new game. Online play I could care less about, but tha mortal kombat chess made playing against a friend a lot more fun than just straight up fighting.

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Jiggy
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:58:47 PM

They need to bring chess back and also the puzzle fighter mode (with a ton of more characters to play with). Both were wonderful add-ons

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:10:58 PM
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No Disney,

Under you, nothing can work.

You'll probably take out all of the blood from this game.

I'll be surprised if the game retains any of its gory/bloody themes.

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Yo Bona
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:20:06 PM

Warner Bros. is not Disney.

And if they know what's good for them... they'll add more gore than ever and a co-op fighting mode.

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:31:17 PM

Oh right,

All these big American "media giants" are all the same to me.

We'll see, with warner they might have a better chance to keep some dignity in MK

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JMO_INDY
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:47:40 PM

Uhhhhh, Midway is an American developer from Chicago so that doesnt really support your claim that there all the same, your basically saying that American developers dont do violence, which is kind of ironic since the original and most violent iterations were made by an American developer.All these "Media Giants" are what keep your theaters full and your PS3 bloody and violent like MK.

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:22:33 PM

I said "media giants"

Game devs are, game devs

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JMO_INDY
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:24:54 PM

Games are media last time I checked. Midway is a giant studio, all that = "Media Giant"

Last edited by JMO_INDY on 8/10/2009 11:25:38 PM

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Byakko2009
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:37:18 PM

You're both making moot points. We're missing the bigger picture here: MK is butt. Let's not pretend - with or without gore - that MK is more than 6 hit preset combos with flashy special moves. I don't hate MK, it just makes no sense to pretend it's any good after so many better fighters have raised the bar significantly.

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JMO_INDY
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:41:23 PM

Yeah well, you need to shut the hell up and stay out of our conversation, cause right now ur moot. It does sound like you hate MK, but yeh theyve raised the bar, but who started that bar, and left it to be raised? MK PWNS UR life.

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JMO_INDY
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:46:57 PM

Oh yeah, tell that bar story to Mario, how many more better side scrolling games are there now that are better then that Italian plumber? A hella lot, but Ninty is still milking his teets, granted i dont like the game, but it did pave the way for alot of platform and side scrolling games.

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Oyashiro
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:07:22 AM

Indy, Your acting a tad bit like a jerk.

Your acting as if MK was the first fighting game ever. It didn't set any bars, Street Fighter II came out a year before MK1. MK only really became popular because of the excessive violence in the game. That really all it had at the time as its system was as deep as a glass of water. While they got better with every sequel up to maybe MKT (Maybe not MK3), No MK game could ever say it was the best of its genre at there times of release.

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LowKey
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:03:14 AM

well if we are gonna go there MK wasn't even the first fighting game with fatalaties, there was a barbarian game for the comodor 64 a whole 8 years before even SF came out. I know sf doesn't have fatalaties but this barbarian game was the first fighting game.

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ohmikkie
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:15:29 AM

I liked IK+. That bar was high enough for me.

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Imagi
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:59:56 AM

IK+ was fantastic, they should bring that back, barbarian was a laugh, loved it when they kicked the head off the screen after a match.

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Juanalf
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 8:36:24 AM

Sorry folks Killer Instinct has no equal.It took a couple of things from the other games and made it better.

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 10:43:33 AM

First fighting game? How about Yie Ar Kung Fu?

This is a silly argument, especially claiming that Midway is a media giant, how many new papers, magazines, News organizations, TV stations, TV Studios and Movie studios do they own? Midway is a big developer, but they do not own media companies. You can torture the argument and logically define Midway in terms of games as media. However you are literally force fitting Midway into a definition simply for the purposes of arguing.

Please stop.

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InBlackestNight
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:19:58 PM
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Damn it! I do NOT want so much online shoved down our throats! If I want a game and pay sixty bucks I want an excellent OFFLINE mode. I get so tired of people calling everyone noobs because they are trying to learn a game. I simply can't stand the immaturity that online play brings. I love Mortal Kombat, it is probably one of my top 5 favorite franchises, but if there isn't good offline play I'm out!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:38:06 PM

Yeah I have no interest in fighting someone who has learned every single cheap ass way of winning a battle online.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 10:37:11 PM
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How are they gonna revolutionize online play? In a fighter you go on, fight someone, and win or lose.

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Oyashiro
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:22:10 PM

By making every match end in a draw! >:D

That way everyone wins!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:46:11 PM

I lol'd

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Luan
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:18:42 PM
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...as long as there's a Single Player, I'm in, otherwise, it should be a downloadable title. I suck online as it is, I don't wanna suck on one of my favorite fighting franchises.

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Oyashiro
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:26:19 PM
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The best fighter this gen IMO is BlazBlue. Not only did they give us the best online play I've scene in a fighting game, the single player offline modes where worth the price of the game alone.

If it live up to the new standard set by BlazBlue I welcome it.

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Byakko2009
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:27:37 PM
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There's ZERO DEPTH in a MK game. This is 1 scenario where you can say they are using violence to sell what is otherwise a shallow and boring game. I liked MK as a teen until I started playing better fighters like Tekken and Street Fighter Alpha. SFA in particular helped me realize that MK games are trash . Everyone plays for fatalities. The miniscule competitor circuit makes no sense because once you've played real fighters for competition, you understand how crap MK truly is.

I know I'm getting thumbed down for saying this. But please I ask anyone who does consider MK good for online play, play and learn any of the following: Tekken DR, Virtua Fighter 5, Street Fighter 4, or BlazBlue. When you get to an intermediate level, look up advanced techniques and I guarantee you, you will not feel the same about MK. Trust me, I used to be a big MK fan as a youngster, so no I'm not just trashing the game for fun. As it is, I got no problem with people playing MK for fun offline and enjoying single player conquests.

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JMO_INDY
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:35:15 PM

Dude, ur getting thumbs down for being ignorant, MK paved the way for alot of those games, it might be alot of senseless violence, but this series helped make fighting games what they are today. So don't hate on MK, or ill hire Scorpion to fatality your ass. If its just fun and some gore and a time killer your looking for, MK is a great tool for that job.

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Byakko2009
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:49:46 PM

Ignorant? I ask you to try better fighters and understand why the standards have changed. That's not to say MK can't be enjoyed, no I didn't say that. If you truly believe MK paved the way for fighting games, I think you're a MK fanboy. I'm not here to give history lessons about who did what first, that's fanboy territory.

I'm talking about (what you blindly don't seem to understand) DEPTH. Tell me what fighter uses 3D graphics but still plays like it's practically still on 2D planes? Only MK does that anymore. The last fighter to do that was probably the Rival Schools games. See I love Rival Schools for the characters and such. But I fully admit the gameplay is retarded (still better than MK) for what the standards are now. That's what I'm talking about here. If you just love MK, that's fine, but don't be a blind fanboy cause' of it.

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JMO_INDY
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 11:56:42 PM

Ha, me a fanboy? uh no. See i was just pointing out that there are alot of games out there that are better fighters, but for a simple fun game, MK is the better choice, Mario is such a good example, it still plays on the 2-D planes but yet its 3'D, people still enjoy it for the fun factor, that game is in no way deep in storyline, u save the princess, thats it. Its just a simple fun game to play. MK doms. P.S. IM NOT A FANBOY.

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Byakko2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:08:00 AM

Tell me where I deny MK can be fun? Man calm down lol. I don't even know how Mario got into this haha. I'm talking about MK from a fighting game competitor's point of view here. If you play MK strictly for button mashing fun, I got nothing against you! Have fun. I never said you couldn't. Chill lol.

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dart_driver
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:01:09 AM
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Yea what is up with 3d if all it does is rotate around and seem to stay basicly 2d. Even the mortal Kombat Vs Dc did this crap. I loved the game btw, it was fun kicking the crap out of so called ninja warriors with super heros. Still I see Byakko's point sure fans will be fans but the game needs to evolve, its falling way behind.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:03:59 AM

I know that, but Mario has been around alot longer then MK, but yet it hasnt changed, and you proved my point btw, Its just plain fun. But yes you do eventually need to evolve, but why isnt Mario getting the same lashing?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:05:05 AM
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The argument above ends now.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:09:59 AM

Why are we never allowed to argue, its an innocent arguement, were just comparing our thoughts about the subject at hand, if MK will ever evolve. No harm, im not angry,granted i did use ass alot, sorry about that, but none the less, argueing is good for the temper, if you hold it back, the bigger it gets later on.

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Byakko2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:10:52 AM

It's cool. I'm not trying to push buttons here. If my comments seemed that way I apologize. But it's like the guy above said, I just think MK needs to evolve. I don't hate it.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:15:12 AM

See Ben? Were all cool, comments never really portray a persons emotions, o yeah the reason Mario got involved is because he represents this whole subject, all games need to evolve, some just have a classic time to them that need not really change , but all games must change.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:56:27 AM

Comments are NOT a place for arguing or even in-depth discussion. That's why we have the forums.

Furthermore, calling each other fanboys and accusing people of being ignorant most certainly goes against the policy. We really need to get all you people who like to comment a lot into the forums more...it's the proper place for this stuff.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:09:21 AM

What do you mean "You People" im just playin, but i dont even think im even signed up for the forums, forums are too unorganized for me, its just easier, and we stuck to the topic, if were not able to make comments in the comments section, why have one?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 10:17:47 AM

If you don't even want to read my post - or maybe you just chose to ignore it - than don't answer.

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dart_driver
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:10:42 AM
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What I would really LOVE to see is an open world Mortal Kombat. Heck it could be similar to dark cloud or even the Mario 64 style which did wonders 4 mario. You could gain lvls and new attacks. they could throw in a limit break system that used fatalitys (not sure on spelling). What do yall think?

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:23:19 AM

Your typing skills are weak young one, it is spelled fatalities, you have dis-honored the MK code, FINISH HIM! haha

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dart_driver
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:28:28 AM

LOL I was close. tho I must say I typed the whole thing w/o looking at keyboard so its my spelling skills that are weak. And the multiplayer, does anyone know what to compare it to will it be similar to mk vs dc or what. CTF with fighting instead of guns or cars?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:32:52 AM

There was that action portion in MK: Armageddon.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:32:17 AM
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Well you still dis-honor the code, but ill let you live....this time. But CTF would be cool, or something like MK NBA. Fatality dunks, that would be sick.

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chucknasty
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 2:07:34 AM

Out of curiosity, why do you feel compelled to reply to every post? You seem quite lonely like you live in a small town in the fly-over states with little to do. If you would rather be playing online friend me and I am happy to play.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 2:58:18 AM

haha, U ask me why i reply, but yet you ask me a question which is basically asking me to reply, and the reason is beacause im bored, and its 4 in the morning.

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Thrill Kill
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 10:21:13 AM

how about you go get some proactive

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:29:57 AM
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I don't play fighting games online. I always end up play some douche that uses only one freakin' move! MK vs DC universe was a disappointment because the story was piss-poor; forget piss, it was shit. Sorry to say. The online was horrible; there were connection problems; and douche bags that couldn't play to save their lives. Worst MK game ever! Hopefully, the new MK franchise will be better :)

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:26:15 AM

You were expecting a good story to come out a game which disregards its characters by mashing them up with comic/anime characters, tis is foolish!

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LowKey
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:06:22 AM
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Yeah leve the super heroes to thier own games, don't crosdsove to a crazy franchise like mk, I was kinda konfuzzled when they announced mk vs. dc u. like hell, don't be killin my homeboy superman to make a buck, it's been done before but it was tastefull, unlike mk's spin off.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:07:39 AM
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Maybe they'll make an online conquest mode, Where you can also run into other players and fight them. as of the game being WB and not Midway, I 'll wait and see, to be honest every MK game after MK4 never held my interest after 1 day.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 3:37:44 AM
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What seems to be on everyone's mind is "Can Mortal Kombat make an iteration that stands up to the big boys this gen?"

Well, I think it's possible, they just need to focus. Some of you say MK has no depth, I personally think it needs to be stripped down. Dump the weapons, dump the extra fighting styles and give me solid special moves, an intricate fighting mechanic, multiple gory fatalities, every single past "Pit" stage and a coherent personal story for each fighter. Then it'll do just fine. I personally miss being able to kill the bastard at the end of the fight after he/she pissed me off so much.

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Byakko2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 4:48:10 AM

The potential is there, but what they need to do is force you to earn fatalities. Like BlazBlue's Astral Heats, create conditions that need to be met. This way there's more incentive to play and get better. Most people I've seen play MK don't always use fatalities. But still, I think MK will just be a gory franchise. Also, when I talk about depth, I'm talking about okizemes, etc. The fighting stances/weapons were merely tacked on to give the illusion that there is depth.

Something tells me WB is selling us hype, I can't imagine what they mean by revolutionary. Seems publishers and developers really need to stop using the term so loosely to describe their games.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 4:41:51 AM
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They should make the online similiar to MK: Deception if they were to do this. Just pure online beat 'em up games are the best way to tick anyone off.

I remember Midway making an April Fool's joke ages ago, about the 8th MK installment becoming an MMO. Or is my memory that of a goldfish? >=|

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___________
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 5:11:46 AM
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well ED give me 2 years and ill come work for ya.
but i really hope they pull off the "make your own fatality" like they were suppose to in Armageddon.
as ive said before, release a new deception game, than another shaolin monks game, than the rest can be about shreck for all i care.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 6:42:52 AM
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Highlander
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 10:45:02 AM
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Revolutionize online play huh? Alright, the only thing I can think of that would revolutionize online play is to somehow sprinkle magic geek dust onto the 'Net and eliminate all network lag.

Unless they're doing that, it's just multi-layer bells and whistles. IMHO....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 1:54:29 PM

Fighter lag is the worst thing of all time.

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kevinater321
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 11:55:05 AM
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probs not gettting this, don't like the mk series.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @ 12:03:44 PM
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Why don't you revolutionize the freaking game WB? Copy everything Blazblue Calamity Trigger did, including the online, and give us all the old finishers (like friendships) that once made MK worth playing.

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