As one of the more popular games to be presented at the 2014 E3 Expo, Mortal Kombat X was a highly sought after game to find out new details on. From the first reveal trailer and later the first gameplay demo, several new features in the game were shown and fans of the series quickly wanted to know all they could about them. New characters, new gameplay mechanics, new fighting modes – these new features definitely had fans on edge eager to see what they were all about.
On the last day of E3, I had the chance to sit in on a special screening for Mortal Kombat X (FYI, it is Mortal Kombat X as in “X”; not Mortal Kombat X as in “10”) in which details of these new features would be revealed. While there is still a lot about MKX, the details that were revealed during this presentation were certainly impressive.
Mortal Kombat X will feature 25 characters to choose from, six of which have already been revealed. Classic characters Scorpion and Sub-Zero are already confirmed for the game as well as four brand-new characters:
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Cassie Cage: the daughter of classic Mortal Kombat characters Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade.
Ferra/Torr: a combination character with the smaller Ferra controlling the monstrous Torr.
D’Vorah: an insectoid/humanoid character able to control and command various insects.
Kotal Kahn: an ancient ancestor of Mortal Kombat antagonist Shao Kahn.
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These four new characters will add some freshness to the series as well as help detail just how expansive the history of the game is. More characters will be announced at later dates, as well as possible DLC characters, but for the E3 presentation that is all that was presented.
Mortal Kombat Timeline Explored
As you can tell from the character descriptions of Cassie Cage and Kotal Kahn, the game will take an extended look at the Mortal Kombat mythos and span several generations of fighters throughout the series’ fictional history. From its distant past to it possible near future, the game will encompass a large span of time to tell an engaging story that is hopefully on par with that of the previous Mortal Kombat game.
New Fighting Styles
Each character will feature 3 distinct fighting styles players will choose from at the beginning of each match. This will give each character three distinctive looks and also change the gameplay of each character from style to style. While fundamental moves, X-ray moves and Fatalities will remain the same no matter which style is chosen, the power moves available to each character will change based on the style chosen. This adds an element of depth to the game and strategy each gamer chooses to engage in during a match and opens up the number of characters (in theory) to 75; 25 selectable characters with 3 styles of play each.
Though Ed Boon claims that some ideas were left out of Mortal Kombat X because they “crossed the line” of what they could put into the game, there is plenty of gore and violence in the game to appease the most jaded or Mortal Kombat fans. Though looking at what is in the game, it is hard to imagine what was left out for being “too much” – I mean, just from the previews of the moves and Fatalities on display at E3, the levels of blood and violence seem to put all other Mortal Kombat games to shame.
Side note: Mortal Kombat X will more than likely be rated M for Mature by the ESRB and its equivalent by other rating boards across the globe so please remember – THIS GAME IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!!!
New Fighting Mechanics
With the popular X-ray moves coming back from 2011’s Mortal Kombat reboot, we will also see a feature from NetherRealm’s other recent fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, appear in Mortal Kombat X. Characters will now be able to interact with environmental elements much like they could in Injustice. Characters can leap off of trees, walls and other objects as well as pick up certain objects to use as weapons against their opponents. As this feature added depth to the fighting styles and strategy of each character in Injustice, so will it add on to those same aspects in MKX.
Fatalities Are Not the Only “-alities” in the Game
While no specifics were given at the time, Ed Boon did say that Fatalities would not be the only “Finish Him” move in the game. Whether that means that Babalities, Animalities or even Friendships will return to the game, it’s unclear at this point – but one more finishing move for each character would be a welcome treat for players.
While there are tons of details still yet unrevealed for Mortal Kombat X, these features and details that have been disclosed at E3 should make every Mortal Kombat fan wet with anticipation for the next installment in this infamously popular series.
Mortal Kombat X is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by WB Games and is scheduled for release sometime in 2015 and will be available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.