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Mortal Kombat XL Balancing Patch On The Way

Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon has announced via his Twitter account that developer NeverRealm Studios is working on a balancing patch for Mortal Kombat XL.

The patch comes out on October 4 (which is the PC release date), but details of the patch's actual contents will be revealed the day before on October 3.

XL is a version of Mortal Kombat X featuring the characters from its two Kombat Packs, such as the xenomorph from Alien.

For more on MKXL, check out our Test Chamber for the title.

[Source: Ed Boon's Twitter] – The Feed

Proof That Mortal Kombat Makes No Sense

NetherRealm’s popular fighting series doesn’t pretend to be realistic, but if you think about it, it’s three round structure is pretty ridiculous.

Dorkly perfectly encapsulates one of the most ridiculous aspects of Mortal Kombat. Why do most fighting games follow this formula?

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Think this is funny? Find out what happens when Sonic sees his future. – The Feed

Ed Boon Answers Mortal Kombat’s Burningest Questions

Have you ever looked at Goro's lair and wondered what it smelled like? Have you ever pondered Reptiles seemingly forgotten cosplay career? Why is Scorpion so demanding? If you're anything like me, these are the questions that keep you up at night. I had a chance to once and for all clear up the confusion surrounding these hot topics with Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon.

Game Informer: Why doesn't Scorpion
realize he could go to his opponent rather than always demanding they come to
Ed Boon: That's a really good question. I think he's a control freak.
Like, he's one of those people who has to bark orders to kind of lift himself

How many times has
Johnny Cage died?
About two or three million if you consider how many games we've

I think that's a
pretty modest estimate, actually.
Yeah, maybe.

Who is your favorite
character to design fatalities for?
I would still say Scorpion. I designed the first fatality
that we saw in Mortal Kombat X where you cut the guy's face off and you see it
all slowly fall down. Fatalities are actually huge. There's meetings that we
have and everybody kind of comes up with ideas and we piece ideas together and
stuff like that. But for me personally, Scorpion is still my favorite character
to design fatalities for.

Who do you most like
to kill with those fatalities?
Sub-Zero, I guess. Contrary to popular belief, I actually don't
hate Sub-Zero, but he's the opposite of Scorpion, so he has to kill him. There's
no other way.

Why did Reptile get
his start as a Scorpion and Sub-Zero cosplayer?
Because there was no more memory left to make another
costume with their own memory and it was something that I literally hacked the
new palette together. We had yellow, we had blue; green was the next color.
What's green? Lizards, reptiles, you know.

Has he given up on
his cosplay career?
Yes. Ironically, many people like his clone of the
other characters as their favorite. I think it has a lot to do with a nostalgia
or childhood thing.

Why doesn't Raiden
always travel back in time each time EarthRealm loses a tournament?
You know what? I ask myself that same question and um… we're
going to have to address that in the future. [laughs] We gotta come up with
something that makes sense because that's a really good point.

What does Goro's lair
smell like?
Rotted flesh.

Why didn't Shang
Tsung just change back to his younger self when he was stuck in his old
I don't know if he had that ability. I think he needed to
have a certain number of souls in order to do that transformation and he
probably didn't have enough at the time.

What's Kratos up to
in the MK universe?
He is waiting for his round two in Mortal Kombat.

Does Noob Saibot ever
question where his name came from?
Yes. He thinks the creation of his name was very backwards
thinking and didn't look forward to the future. Ironically, I was the one who
named him. I think he wonders why it's so backwards.

For more burning questions about your favorite franchises, check out our similar feature about Pokémon and Yoshi's Woolly World.

This feature was originally published on June 15, 2016. – The Feed

Ed Boon Is Not So Kryptically Teasing More Mortal Kombat X DLC

Ed Boon loves toying with fans of NetherRealm’s games. The man at the top of Mortal Kombat’s tower and Injustice’s regime is back at it, with some not-so-subtle hints that Mortal Kombat X still has some room to grow.

The game has already received two “Kombat Packs” with four DLC characters each. A third such bundle might be on the way with a reveal coming at Evo, which takes place July 15 through 17 in Las Vegas.

You’ll note in the second of these tweets, the oddly placed uppercase letters are E, V, and O. We asked Boon about whether there might be more Mortal Kombat X DLC when we spoke with him at E3. He did not shut down the idea.

"That is a possibility," he told us. "I guess I don't have a definitive answer right now, but it's a possibility that that's it." With less than one month away, it might not be too long before we find out if more Klassic characters and horror legends are headed to the bloody fighter.

[Source: Ed Boon on Twitter (1), (2) via NeoGAF]


Our Take
With at least six months (likely more) before Injustice 2, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see NetherRealm pump some more into the already packed Mortal Kombat X. Despite the already large roster, there are always more characters fans would like to see. – The Feed

New Klassic Cyrax Mortal Kombat Figure From Pop Culture Shock Collectibles

The toy company Pop Culture Shock Collectibles recently showed off a prototype image of its new figure: a 1:4 scale statue of Cyrax donned in his classic Mortal Kombat outfit.

While no release or pricing information has been provided at this time, looking at other 1:4 scale figures on its site, an estimated price for Cyrax may be between around $ 300 and $ 500. Check out a full-scale image of the figure below:

The Cyrax figure is part of the Mortal Kombat Klassic series Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has been recently rolling out, joining a $ 500 Shao Kahn statue and a $ 700 Sub-Zero statue. The company has also released figures based on the Street Fighter, Judge Dredd, and He-Man series. 

For more on Mortal Kombat, make sure to check out our review of last year's Mortal Kombat X. Earlier this year, Mortal Kombat X was re-released as Mortal Kombat XL on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, coming with all of the game's characters, skins, and fatalities. 

[Source: Pop Culture Shock Collectibles on Facebook] – The Feed

Video: How NetherRealm built Mortal Kombat’s cinematic story mode

In this GDC 2013 talk NetherRealm’s Adisak Pochanayon explains how, exactly, “there’s a full-length feature film rendered in our game, with seamless transitions in and out of gameplay.” …

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The Alien Feasts In This Bloody Look At Mortal Kombat XL

Mortal Kombat X welcomed four new combatants today through the Kombat Pack 2 DLC. Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, a Xenomorph from Alien, Mortal Kombat veteran Bo Rai Cho, and Triborg (a cyborg that can perfectly imitate Smoke, Sektor, Cyrax, and Sub-Zero), expand the game's roster to 33 playable characters. In this short video, Brian Shea and I take a look at all four of these new combatants, and show off a few new Fatalities in the process.

If you haven't picked up Mortal Kombat X yet, Warner Bros. is offering a new bundle called Mortal Kombat XL that comes bundled with all of the existing DLC, along with the new characters, for the standard retail price. The game also features improved netcode, which we sadly weren't able to show off in this video.

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For our review of Mortal Kombat X, head here.

For more Test Chamber, click the banner below, or check out our hub. – The Feed

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. – The Feed

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] – The Feed

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. – The Feed