Mortal Kombat X Promises to Pummel; More at E3

Mortal Kombat X, the next game in the beloved fighting series, was officially revealed this week with a dazzling trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Games and longtime developer NeatherRealm. The trailer is a dark, bone chilling–and shattering–affair between fighters Sub-Zero and Scorpion in an undisclosed forest location. The two ninjas fight a hyper-realistic brawl, only to have Scorpion come out on top by pulling off his new “finishing move” in a typical gory Mortal Kombat way.

Ed Boon, the head of development at developer NeatherRealm and co-creator of the series, along with John Tobias, had been hinting at a new game for weeks via his personal Twitter and Warner Bros. Interactive has been talking about a huge reveal at next week’s E3 expo in Los Angeles.

Mortal Kombat X was first revealed via Amazon UK, which opened up pre-orders on Monday and the trailer was released shortly after. Ed Boon had previously hinted that his mysterious new game announcement would hit on June 2nd via Twitter.

Many in the gaming community had wondered if the oft-rumored Injustice 2, the sequel to 2013’s DC Comics superhero fighter, would be the big reveal. Injustice: Gods Among Us was a hit both critically and commercially, and Ed Boon served as the head of development on that title as well.

Mortal Kombat X is the tenth installment of the mega-popular franchise that began its lifecycle in arcades in the 1990s, and has since transcended to other forms of media, including the home console market, as well as inspiring toy lines, films, comic books, and even a cartoon series.

Mortal Kombat X is the first new game in the series since 2011’s Mortal Kombat, which served as a reboot of sorts. A year later, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition was released and included downloadable content (DLC) previously released for the reboot title and included new characters, including Freddy Krueger, the horror film icon, as a playable fighter.

According to an article on Gamespot, Mortal Kombat X will feature a more cinematic presentation and all new gameplay elements. The trailer shows off life-like “X-ray” attacks, and environmental manipulation/damage seems to be a feature as well. The comprehensive list of fighters, their moves, and more importantly, their finishers could possibly be revealed at E3.

Mortal Kombat X will hit in 2015 and will be playable on the Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, according to the Amazon UK listing.