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?