Mortal Monday (Tuesday):  Everything We Know About MK X

Note:  The gameplay footage in the video embedded in this post contains some pretty graphic violence.

I was in the middle of writing an article about all the things I hoped would be in MK X yesterday when I realized that if I just held off for a day, I could probably answer a bunch of those questions.  I made an executive decision and decided to take the first day of E3 to assimilate all the information on the newest Mortal Kombat game.  So without further ado, here are all the newsworthy tidbits I could find.

(At least) two new characters.

Below is the first gameplay footage of Mortal Kombat X, and it features two separate matches.  One is between two old standbys, Sub-Zero and Scorpion, the other between two new, as yet unnamed combatants.  Each of these two new fighters looks to bring some interesting variance to the MK roster.  First there is the bug-loving wood-nymph type female.  Her insect-like wings flutter as she strokes the very large larva that has made a home on her forearm.  The second is actually a two person team; a hulking brute ridden by some type of small creature.  From what I could tell, the small character appears to be a female child, but there is no way to know for sure yet.

Character variants.

Ed Boon teased the idea of different versions of characters with the following quote:

“For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style.”

This concept seems like a wonderful and interesting addition to the Mortal Kombat universe.  Being able to change fighting styles would give the game a huge amount of extra replay value, which is always a welcome addition in fighting games.  I can’t speculate on how this system might work, but it will definitely be cool for each fighter to have multiple play styles.

Online persistence.

It’s a staple of pretty much every fighting game these days to have some type of online play.  A persistent online universe though, where your bouts actually matter to something larger than your ladder rank, now that’s not something you usually see.  Another tease from Ed Boon:

“…offering a fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.”

That certainly sounds pretty damn nifty.  Again, it’s impossible to speculate on exactly what that will entail, but it certainly sounds like an interesting idea.

New story.

Another quote from Ed Boon:

“Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.”

Obviously Mortal Kombat X was going to have a story.  MK hasn’t been a ladder-style tournament type of game for a long time.  The larger question in my mind was whether or not Mortal Kombat X would be a retelling of the events of Mortal Kombat 4 or not.  In my opinion though, Boon’s quote, along with the unveiling of some new characters, pretty much solidifies that the MK universe will be going in a new direction.  Of all the cool tidbits we know so far, this excites me the most.  I’m a sucker for the MK universe and lore, so another game with the Mortal Kombat 9 style storytelling, but with a completely new plot is right in my wheel house.  Come on 2015, hurry up and get here!