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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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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]

 

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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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