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Is it just me, or is the Mortal Kombat franchise making a huge push this week. Earlier in the week, a video hit the Web showing what appears to be a pitch for a newly rebooted Mortal Kombat film franchise. Today, publisher Warner Bros. announced that it is producing a new Mortal Kombat title, the ninth in the series.

The new game, simply titled Mortal Kombat, marks a return to the classic 2D game mechanics that made the franchise such a hit. Development on the game is being handled by the re-branded NetherRealm Studios (formally WB Games Chicago,) who predicts the title will arrive on the Xbox 360 and PS3 sometime in 2011.

NetherRealm creative director and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon stated, “We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat. This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”

Warner Bros. added that, “[a] number of new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game” will be included.

Personally I never really cared much for the MK titles. I was always more of a Street Fighter fan. That’s not to say that I never touched them. Whenever my brother had his choice we played MK. Anyhow, it makes me smile to think that these familiar characters, whom I had written off as being a thing of the past, are making a strong return in modern gaming.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for a new Mortal Kombat title? Do you think the return to 2D is a good move? On a side note, what do you guys think of the movie trailer?

Source: Shacknews.com

  1. avatar Ferahtsu

    The movie pitch was incredible, definitely would gladly pay money to watch that movie.

  2. They’re really just not very in-depth fighters. I mean, they’re fun to mess around with but they get old FAST.

  3. avatar Jordan Garski

    The freezing animation they used when Sub Zero freezed Johnny Cage = the exact same animation they’ve used for the last few games.

    This equals a sign of me being not very interested.

    Oh… and I loved MK vs DC… hate me!

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