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‘Mortal Kombat X’ revealed with gameplay trailer, set for 2015 launch

Update: The footage below has been confirmed to be comprised of cinematic video and doesn’t feature any actual gameplay. Original story is as below.

NetherRealm has announced the next title in the definitive Mortal Kombat franchise.

MKX Scorpion Sub Zero

After Amazon’s UK branch accidentally listed Mortal Kombat X and spoiled the surprise, Warner Bros. Interactive and NetherRealm have made it official with a brand new announce trailer.

The footage showcases a giant leap forward for the franchise as a whole, and captures a brutal bout between two of the most iconic and deadly combatants: Scorpion and Sub-Zero. From the first second alone we’re treated with a look at the dynamic environments the game has to offer: no longer are we in a set stage, but instead are in an actual immersive area with surprising photo-realism.

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The fighting game has gone into a cinematic portrayal that re-defines the series and effortlessly brings a sense of watching a film–one that’s un-apologetically violent, visceral, and quite stylish. As Scorpion and Sub-Zero duke it out and unleash their archetypal abilities upon one another, they become progressively more bloody and injured–yet another new mechanic that exemplifies the game’s realism.

The game will have an expansive single-player storyline as well as a dynamic online mode where players across the globe battle for supremacy. Players will also be able to choose between different versions of each character with varying changes on fighting style and battle tactics.

MKX Sub Zero
Sub-Zero readies a blast that would rival even the most severe blizzards.

Ed Boon, renown Creative Director for NetherRealm reveals that MKX runs on a newly designed graphics engine that’s specifically designed to take advantage of the power of next-gen consoles.

“Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilize the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet. The team has worked hard to make sure Mortal Kombat X delivers everything fans expect along with new characters, new game modes and an all new graphics engine.”

MKX Ouch

But it wouldn’t be a Mortal Kombat game without blood, guts and be-headings, right? As Sub-Zero will tell you, Mortal Kombat X won’t skimp in the finisher department. The game will feature some gore-tastic final attacks–be prepared to see ultra-real renditions of your favorite fatalities, all in high-def gruesome glory.

With MKX, NetherRealm aims to push the bar and introduce a new age of fighting games while also hearkening back to the classic coin-op arcade days in the process. Apart from a variety of new moves and a cinematic flair, gamers will be treated to a bevvy of characters new and old for some good old fashioned death brawls.

Mortal Kombat X is planned for a multi-platform launch across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2015. For more information visit the game’s official website.

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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