Thursday, 5 August 2010

New Mortal Kombat Will Have Over The Top Fatalities

Mortal Kombat creator, Ed Boon, has assured fan's the upcoming title which is seen as somewhat of a reboot to the franchise will return to its roots, and that means over the top, mature rated fatalities, something which made the original stand out from the crowd:
“You know, I think it hasn’t really been that long since the last MK game came out. It’s only been like two years, so from that respect, it’s not like a reboot like we’ve seen… like when Tomb Raider went away for a long time, or Street Fighter, Twisted Metal, and all that. Those games had a long absence."

“But from our perspective, the last game we did was probably the biggest departure for MK. It was the first T-rated MK game, and we added characters that had never been in a MK game, with DC — you know, Batman, and Superman, and all that."

“So from that standpoint, we just heard a lot of feedback asking, ‘Is the next game going to be back to an M-rated presentation,’ and, you know, ‘traditional’ MK? So we really felt that now is just a really great time to explore a reboot of sorts."

“You know, we’ve actually kind of rebooted the presentation and the fighting and all that a couple of times in the past. With Deadly Alliance, in 2002, we did. And so we just really felt like, along with the post-MK vs. DC T-rated thing, and the fact that we haven’t rebooted our whole presentation and fighting mechanic in awhile, it was just the perfect time for all that to happen."

“So from that standpoint, yeah, it did really well, but at the same time, it created a great opportunity for us, because it gave us a break in terms of a period of time which there hasn’t been an M-rated Mortal Kombat, and created this hunger for a return."

“So I guess that I really feel like the planets are aligned, and in so many ways; it’s the first M-rated MK on this generation of consoles, our last game was a T-rated game… You know, there certainly is a resurgence of games returning to their classic form; Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, now the more recent Twisted Metal, and there’s just a good amount of this trend that’s happening.”

“Our goal with our violence and all that stuff is way more to just surprise, maybe entertain, just from the outrageousness of it all. You know, the fatalities are just so crazy over-the-top that they’re more inventive than inherently violent. I mean, they’re violent — don’t get me wrong — but it’s just funny, just such over the top ways of killing people, that you just can’t take it seriously.”
I'm one of the biggest Mortal Kombat fans out there, and MK Vs DC Universe was as many would agree, a bit of a slap in the face. Lets hope the return of uber-mad fatalities isn't just a plaster/band-aid on the cancer and they release a Mortal Kombat title that can truly refresh the franchise.

Mortal Kombat 2011, the ninth title in the series is due for next year on Xbox 360 and PS3.

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