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Ninth Mortal Kombat Confirmed, Debut Video Released

Okay, so that concept trailer for a "Mortal Kombat" movie that may or may not get made was pretty cool. But for gamers, it wasn't the real thing.

This, however, is. According to Electronic Theatre, Warner Bros. Interactive has officially announced the next entry in the long-running and well-loved fighting series: it's the ninth Mortal Kombat, and it's set to launch for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 some time early next year. The publisher even provided us with a debut trailer - view through previous link - that is obviously MK in nature, taste and style. The team has talked about giving us a truly mature-rated title and depending on how you look at it, this video is surprisingly devoid of copious amounts of blood. Of course, it ends with a few gut-wrenching scenes but perhaps we're all a little more desensitized these days; even the nasty stuff still seems cartoon-y. Then again, that may become the MK old-fashioned charm: to retain it's presentation without going too dark and realistic.  Realism isn't the point of this series. Said Martin Tremblay, Warner Bros. president:

"We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play. Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand’s legendary characters and fighting style."

Added Ed Boon, Creative Director for developer NetherRealm Studios:

"We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat. This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!"

We're really liking the extreme slickness and fluidity that permeates every encounter. So much has changed in the industry; nothing really plays like this, unless you count Street Fighter IV, which also stuck to a quasi-2D presentation but certainly played and looked different. So, what do you think?

Related Game(s): Mortal Kombat 9

6/10/2010 10:23:07 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (49 posts)

Dridion
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:40:15 AM
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I'm FREAKING IN LOVE. Thank God this is what we all wanted. I can't begin to believe that they actually are rebooting it and bringing old stages back, that's just sick. Now do remixes to the tracks and I'm sold...we'll to be honest I already am X)

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Condemnedsoul23
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:25:52 PM

Online multiplayer a MUST though this time around. No animalities,babalities, or friendship moves either. I want all the Kombatants from Armageddon and no create your own fatality. Also multi level stages a rocking soundtrack and the brutality of GOW3. I'd pay 60 bux for that in a heartbeat.

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Dridion
Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 6:14:22 PM

You my friend, NAILED it!

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jami
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:47:27 AM
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this looks wonderful =) looks like a MK2 remake, but that certainly isn't a bad thing =D i want. right now >D

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spiderboi
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:51:51 AM

Nothin' wrong with a good ol' remake. MK is always a blast! remakes are something to look forward to. Take for example, hopes for Final Fantasy VII *avoids cod fish*

Last edited by spiderboi on 6/10/2010 11:02:47 AM

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Underdog15
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:54:32 AM

^.^

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A2K78
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:51:11 AM
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This will just be another crappy MK the line of the other crappy MK titles that have came before it.

But serously though, Ed Boone just need to concede to the fact that he cannot compete with Tekken, VF, SC, SF and the host of other great japansese fighters.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:54:50 AM

I don't think they're really trying to "compete." I think this is fanservice and an obvious attempt to keep MK, MK.

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ro kurorai
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:03:50 AM

As I posted earlier, MK is not a fighter as sophisticated as SF or as technical as BB, it's rather a game/genre of its own.
MK lives of its brutality, blood and gruesome, ruthless fatalities.

I'm certain the fan base of MK is totally different than the fan base of SF or BB/GG.

Therefore I have to disagree with you, I don't think MK ever wanted to compete with other fighters.

It's simply a mature fighter that's all about gore and the sheer bloody satisfaction of devastating your opponent with a fatality.

I think the new MK could deliver on this area, at least I hope so.

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coverton341
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:04:49 AM

If you don't like MK then you don't like MK but the people that did like the MK's of old liked them for wholly different reasons than the people that liked Tekken and the rest you named, and in some cases the people that liked MK also liked the games you mentioned, myself being an example.

I agree that after about MK3 Ultimate or whatever it was the series began to go down hill with the 3D and the fighting styles and extra crap but it really looks like they are returning to the basics with updated graphics and some added elements.

I highly disagree that this is going to be a crap entry but to each their own.

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mexgeo86
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:15:03 AM

if it wasn't for MK, we'd still be on some edition of Street Fighter II. MK has had its ups and downs but it seems this title should turn out quite good.

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:56:50 AM

I disagree to the worthiness of MK as a "fighter" entry. the early installments had what made the first street fighters great. Strategy.

That's not even concerning the story

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:32:28 PM

In terms of sales, MK still competes just fine with Street Fighter and Tekken.

The fighting engine of MK may be a bit sloppy in the games since MK3, but they started turning a corner with Deadly Alliance, Deception, and Armageddon.

THIS is what MK should have always been. The engine looks amazingly similar to the engine that was in Mortal Kombat II, which is still one of the best fighting games of it's time.

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ro kurorai
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:54:27 AM
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I couldn't friggin' believe it. First we get an awesome live action trailer to what seems to become the best MK movie ever (after the original one), if not the best game-to-movie-adaptation.

And now we get the first trailer to what could become the best MK game ever (after the classics).

I mean, all recent MK games were crap.
Yea, I know, MK is not really a sophisticated, technical fighter but still, all recent MK games were ridiculous (in a pathetic kinda way).

The 3D setup didn't work and the animations were hilarious.

Glad to see MK returning to its former glory. Can't wait to hear "Mortaaaal Kombaaat" (theme song) or "Finish Him/Her" blasting out of my center speaker.

On top of that there will be tons of outraged German players (I'm German) 'coz the game will be either massacred by censors (otherwise the USK might refuse classification) or not released at all.

Then I can get my copy from my UK/US web shop of choice and have a good time reading through all those comments on Schnittberichte.com.

Gotta be some more info/footage at E3.

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Oxvial
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:12:24 AM
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It looks AWESOME , the trailer reminds me MK1-2 , I really hope the game has that gameplay after 2 I didn't enjoy other MK game .

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Scarecrow
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:48:17 PM

Yeah, I just hope the punch/kick mechanics are slightly less spammy though

You could punch your opponent to death if you caught them at the right moment...

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Nynja
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:13:41 AM
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Now that Fatalities are back, hopefully in full form, I may actually consider a purchase. I haven't played MK in YEARS...

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 3:29:41 AM

Haha, fatalities used to scare the living crap out of me when I was younger. Gave me bad nightmares... Wait... Maybe it was just the graphics... Yeah...

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Nynja
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 12:23:12 PM

They never scared me, but without them the game isn't the same.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:39:56 PM

True dat :)

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Ultimate_Balla
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:26:42 AM
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Moooortal Kombat!

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:53:29 AM
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to be honest, the pitch for a film has got me more excited than an actual game. Dark knight meets mortal kombat? bring it the f on

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Condemnedsoul23
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:26:20 PM
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That was friggin awesome. That is going to be a preorder for me first chance I get. NO MK game was bada dn this one looks very promising in all its next gen glory. None of that ceate your own fatality stuff though and if it has a roster like the last one (not the mk vs dc) then this will be best one yet. I know too early to really tell but you can't go wrong with Mortal Kombat.

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Hexen
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:28:04 PM
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The first time I've been excited for a MK since trilogy.They're finally giving us what we have been asking for all along.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:46:26 PM
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**** looks sick!

Wow I think they finally got it right!
No more fancy weapons or 3D gameplay

This is purely 2D with nice 3D camera work and a whole lot of awesome.

So far I'm impressed

By the way, Raiden > all

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Condemnedsoul23
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:20:44 PM

Raiden? Are you serious lol? Nah he is a great balanced fighter I'll give you that but NOTHING compares to Scorpion and Sub Zero in skilled hands.

GET OVER HEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!!!!

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 3:27:30 AM

@Condemnedsoul23

Woo! Suby and Scorpy all the way! Love those guys ;)

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kraygen
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:49:45 PM
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It definitely scream Mortal Kombat to me. Can't wait to give it a try. Altho in all honest, I'll probably still bargain bin it, because fighting games just don't have that lasting appeal to me.

Still I love me some gory fatalities.

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main_event05
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 2:13:03 PM
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i'm excited about this but i'm still waiting for that MK/DC DLC I heard so much about.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:10:52 PM

It was cancelled a long time ago as Midway's bankrupcy issues started to come forth. Midway Chicago/EarthRealm games ceased support for MKvDCU in favor of beginning development of this game. This has been in development for quite some time -- at least as far back as September of last year.

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main_event05
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 7:03:14 PM

crap, i forgot about that. They could've called i would have financed it had they asked.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:11:19 PM
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Whoa, that saw going right up the crotch was a nice touch, lol

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piratedrunk
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:17:56 PM

I was squirming back in my seat at that one. Yikes!

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:41:13 PM
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We like teleporting moves and also ice, and pie, then again, who doesn't like pie.

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:52:37 PM
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i'm glad that new trailer had nothing to do with the game

don't get me wrong, it was a cool vid, but they changed too many things.

i mean seriously, jax said that mortal kombat is an "underground tournament".....
WTF?? MK is a brutal battle between realms in which the sovereignty of the realms lay in the balance.

it's not some underground illegal fight club

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 4:42:16 PM

Actually, the tournament of the first game is very underground. It's called the Shaolin Tournament for Martial Arts, Shang Tsung stole it and is using it as a prop to weaken the borders between the two realms, and is invite only. That's more underground than any fight club I've ever heard about.

He also didn't change that much and his intentions for a full length film were he ever to produce one sound completely badass. Yes, there would be the mysticism of Mortal Kombat. He downplayed it quite a bit in this short film, that's intended to be a prologue to the actual film, because of the view point that's being taken in the narrative. The short film we got is being told, primarily, from Jax's point of view as a policemen, which wouldn't be all that different were he a Special Forces Agent, either. He's human, he works in a real world without magic, etc., etc., so he would expect real-world explanations for what he's seeing, involved with, etc. But the mysticism would be there in a very organic and special kind of way.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the director of the short is a big fan of the series to the point where he dropped a lot of quarters in the old machines back in the day, and from the way he speaks about Mortal Kombat, you can tell. Which is drastically unike Paul W. Anderson, who gave us the first MK film, who claimed he was a big fan of the game and then failed completely to deliver a product that even remotely honored the source material.

Here's the interview:
http://www.collider.com/2010/06/09/kevin-tancharoen-interview-mortal-kombat-rebirth-feature-film/

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Qwarktast1c
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 5:10:56 PM

BTW i was referring to the the trailer from the other day, not the one mentioned in this article.

just in case anybody misunderstood :)

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CharlesD
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 4:07:12 PM
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Not interested in fighting games. I dnt know why, just never really have been and it certainly dosen't catch my eye enough to fall on the list

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Oyashiro
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 4:26:51 PM
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Mortal Kombat is finally getting back on its feet! This looks great, Reminds me so much of MKII.

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fatelementality
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 4:34:19 PM
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Now that's what I'm screamin

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dveisalive
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 5:30:09 PM
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do the same thing similar to sf4 and ssf4 and day one purchased, i hope they bring run back because the 3d models are slow and stiff O_O

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Deleted User
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 5:47:56 PM

I agree with you on the run, but perhaps run by double tapping Left or Right instead of dedicating a button to run. That would make the controls less clunky and confusing which has always ailed the MK series.

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dveisalive
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 5:43:29 PM
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I watch the trailer and i can say MK is back fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap ^10e

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sunspider13
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 6:15:07 PM
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Holy god and wow! That was beauty beyond words. After MK Trilogy I stopped paying attention to the MK series. As far as I'm concerned there's nothing after Trilogy.

But going back to 2D?! Happy beyond my wildest dreams. Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero will get a work out. This has got to have online. My only question is are the combos going to old school MKI/II or are they going the MKIII route? God I do hope there is a E3 trailer. They would be fools not to have one.

Can't wait to get my hands on this.

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Temjin001
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:16:40 PM
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I dig the art direction this go around. Graphics are looking better than I expected. Great stages. I still think the movement animation looks poor up against it's competitors. Either way, I will be playing this one upon release. MK has always been a part of my life growing up even with it's bumps and bruises along the way.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 3:26:47 AM
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Awesome news here!
MK is one of my favorite classics that usually seem to get better with each one they put out. Well... Let's just kind of forget the most recent one, DC vs. MK.
Either way, MK has been around for me ever since its first release. Such a classic that has adapted to today's demand with graphics and blood and gore. Count me in for a "must play" when it releases. Can't wait to hear more about this!

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___________
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 4:17:30 AM
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i really hope this is a meld of all the previous games, they all added something new to the game and made it better.
like deadly alliance had the new test your might and test your sight games.
deception, well that was off the chart!
added a krypt, conquest, switching styles, puzzles game, chess game.
armageddon added just the classic characters, and create your own fatality.
V DC ubiverse added the falling combat and going through walls combat.

every new entry has added something new to make the series better, so now instead of dropping those its time to pick up all the scraps and meld them together!!!
a little deadly alliance here, a little deception there, a little armageddon there, and a little V DC universe here.

id much rather see a sequel to shaolin monks, that was by far the best MK game ever released!!!
best fighting game ever released!!!!!!!!
but i know were never going to see a sequel to that, so this will have to do :(

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 2:01:38 AM
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The Mortal Kombat Reboot Trailer - Frame by Frame
A closer look reveals surprises in the new Mortal Kombat reboot.

http://www.ugo.com/games/mortal-kombat-trailer-frame-by-frame

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PaiNT_kinG
Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 12:11:44 AM
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i thought the developers or whoever say the last Mortal Kombat game was the last one in the series,pssssssssh so not surprised -_-

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