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Mortal Kombat’s Shao Kahn Immortalized As $500 Statue

Pop Culture Shock Toys is no stranger to expensive Mortal Kombat collectibles. Last year, the company released a $ 700 Sub-Zero statue. Starting today at 3 p.m. PT, fans can add a $ 500 Shao Kahn statue to their collections when preorders open. The statue is expected to ship on November 16.

Shao Kahn is a part of Pop Culture Shock's 1:4 scale collection (standing in at roughly 22"). This "Bloody Exclusive" version is limited to 150 units, features LED light-up eyes, and an unmasked head that can be switched. Pop Culture Shock is currently offering a discount for early preorders.

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Cosplay Skin Pack Announced As Mortal Kombat XL Pre-Order Bonus

The pre-order bonus for Mortal Kombat XL, the definitive edition of Mortal Kombat X, has been revealed. The “Cosplay” skin pack features two new costumes for kombatants Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs, reimagining the characters as Lin Kuei and Shirai Ryu ninjas.

Mortal Kombat XL was announced earlier this month. It collects all the characters, skins, moves, and fatalities previously released as DLC content for Mortal Kombat X into one complete package.  

The Xbox Live store lists the Kombat Pack 2  as a bundle containing the Cosplay Pack as well, though there’s no mention of the two ninja-themed outfits anywhere in that bundle’s description as of now. If more information becomes available, we'll update this story.

Mortal Kombat XL is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 1. Sorry, PC Fans – Warner Bros. has confirmed no new Mortal Kombat content will hit the PC version of the game, including both the XL Edition and the new characters and skins included in Kombat Pack 2. 

[Source: Major Nelson]

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Mortal Kombat XL Includes Every Fighter, Skin & Fatality

Mortal Kombat X has received a bevy of additional characters via pre-order bonus or as a purchase, and you can have them all in the Mortal Kombat XL edition.

Mortal Kombat XL – available March 1 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – gathers all the skins and characters that have been released for the game, whether that's the Predator or Jason Voorhees. It also includes all the fatalities and other moves that have been offered for the title.

In other Mortal Kombat X news, the studio has announced a closed beta for the game's improved netcode. Find out about it here.

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[Source: NetherRealm Studios]

 

Our Take
Given that this release comes right on the heels of the announcement of Kombat Pack 2 (featuring content included in MK XL), this further crowds a DLC channel for the game which already includes the first Kombat Pack, a Premium Edition, and plenty of a la carte items. While GOTY-type editions like this are common, it doesn't make it any less disappointing for excited fans who have been purchasing content up to this point. I guess the best course of action to prevent fans from wasting your money is to wait and see what the prices are for MK XL and the Kombat Pack 2 before buying anything.

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Mortal Kombat X Moves To Improve Online Play

NetherRealm Studios has announced a new closed public beta to test out the game's improved online experience, which ostensibly will cut down on lag.

Signups for the beta start January 19, and the improvements are aimed at preserving "the feel of an offline game more accurately while playing online, and maintains a consistent input response."

To be eligible for the beta, players must have accrued at least one hour of online play and can sign up starting tomorrow at beta.mortalkombat.com.

The beta contains only four playable characters (Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Jacqui Briggs, and Johnny Cage), but more will be added later on.

[Source: Mortal Kombat Official YouTube]

 

Our Take
Any online players out there? How bad has the lag been? 

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Kombat Pack 2 Buyers To Receive Bonus Mortal Kombat X DLC For Free

New details have been released for the second pack of downloadable characters for Mortal Kombat X. Kombat Pack 2 is set to feature the Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Triborg, a brand new character to the series, and series favorite, Bo' Rai Cho.

According to Warner Bros., those who purchase Kombat Pack 2 will receive the all-new Apocalypse Pack (new apocalypse-themed skins for Takeda, D'Vorah, and Erron Black) for free, as well as playable character Goro, the Brazil Pack (alternate soccer-themed skins for Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao), the Kold War Pack (alternate skins for Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, and Kano), and the Kold War Scorpion skin.

All of the content aside from the Apocalypse Pack has been previously available for purchase, meaning you might already own the content. In addition, Goro was previously a pre-order bonus, and the Kold War Scorpion skin debuted as a free download.

Series co-creator and creative director Ed Boon is promising on Twitter that gameplay footage of Kombat Pack 2 tomorrow. When the gameplay footage is released, we will update this story with that video. To learn more about Mortal Kombat X, you can check out our review.

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Best of 2015: Examining the microtransactions in Mortal Kombat X

F2P monetization mechanics are seeping into premium game design, and with Mortal Kombat X selling “Easy Fatality” consumables, Gamasutra asks: how do you monetize without compromising game design? …


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Mortal Kombat Creator Shares Single Screenshot Of Cancelled Mortal Kombat HD Remake

At one time, work on an HD remake of the original Mortal Kombat began. That project never came to be, but series creator Ed Boon recently shared a screenshot of the incomplete project.

You can check out the image above to see what the game may have looked like. It's unclear if this is just a conceptual piece, or an actual screenshot from the unfinished game.

[Source: @noobde]

 

Our Take
This seems like a pretty safe bet. I'm surprised it never came to be. I bet this is a game a lot of classic Mortal Kombat fans would be interested in playing.

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Mortal Kombat Creators Congratulate Mad Max Creators With A Jax Photoshop

Mad Max and Mortal Kombat are both published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, but the two come from completely separate developers. Avalanche developed Mad Max (and the Just Cause series) and NetherRealm recently released Mortal Kombat X. In celebration of the release of Mad Max, NetherRealm decided to create a photoshop of how it, presumably, thinks Mad Max could be improved.

If we wanted to speculate, which is always fun, we could pretend this is a DLC tease. Would you like to play as Jax in Mad Max? Or how about fighting as Max in Mortal Kombat X?

By the way, nobody tell NetherRealm that Mad Max came out more than a week ago, so their about 11 days late.

[Source: @NetherRealm, via Reddit]

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NetherRealm’s Ed Boon Teases Mortal Kombat X DLC Character Reveals For Tomorrow

Surprising no one, it seems that WB Games and NetherRealm are planning to deliver another four DLC characters for Mortal Kombat X. It also appears we won’t need to wait long to find out who they are.

Taking to Twitter in typical Ed Boon fashion, the creative mind behind the Mortal Kombat series is not-so-subtly teasing the reveal. The first set of four characters is settled and done, with Tanya, Tremor, Jason Voorhees, and the Predator comprising the first season pass.

NetherRealm doubled up on DLC for Injustice: Gods Among Us, upping the DLC count from four with Mortal Kombat on last-gen consoles to eight. We’re not sure who to expect, but the character on the left looks like he might be a ninja. Perhaps Smoke or Rain are joining the roster.

Sindel and Baraka would also make sense since they appear in the story as opponents. Any guesses on who else we’ll be seeing join the fight?

For more on Mortal Kombat X, check out our review. And if you’re still waiting for the game on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, we have some bad news to share.

[Source: Ed Boon on Twitter]

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Mortal Kombat X On Xbox 360 And PlayStation 3 Cancelled Citing Quality Issues

The frequently delayed Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of Mortal Kombat X has officially been cancelled by Warner Bros. Interactive.

In an update on Warner Bros. Interactive's message boards, it was announced that the game simply couldn't meet the visual standards set by the new-gen versions and pre-order customers are being encouraged to seek out refunds from the retailer where the they reserved their copy. You can find the full statement below:

After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.  Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game.  We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned.

If you pre-ordered Mortal Kombat X for PS3 or Xbox 360, please go to the retail location where you pre-ordered the game and you will receive a full refund.

The last-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X were delayed back in March to an unspecified summer timeframe. We asked for an update last month, but received no new updates. For our review of the new-gen version of the game, head here.

[Source: Warner Bros. Interactive]

 

Our Take
This is not particularly surprising, but I'm sure many are still disappointed. There are a lot of Mortal Kombat fans out there, and many are likely not interested in upgrading to a new console quite yet. Much like Shadow of Mordor, though, I'm sure the last-gen version would have been disappointing compared to the new-gen version. Maybe it's for the best in the end.

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