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Ed Boon reveals Mortal Kombat Vita features

Touch screen fatalities, new Challenge Tower detailed.

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Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed a few of the exclusive features you can expect to find in the forthcoming PlayStation Vita version of last year's revamped brawler.

Speaking in an interview with the PlayStation Blog, he confirmed that all the content from the original PS3 and Xbox 360 versions has made it over, including DLC characters.

There'll be some new content on top of that too, namely an additional Challenge Tower offering 150 new challenges designed to make use of the Vita's various control features, such as the touch screen and accelerometer.

While Boon's NetherRealm Studios has decided against implementing the rear touch panel, you'll be able to use the front touch screen to pull off fatality moves, via a series of swipes.

"It makes some of the more difficult fatalities easier and it's fun to slash at your screen to fire off a fatality. I was surprised by how engaging it is," commented Boon.

The game will support one-on-one online multiplayer matches, though full eight player modes haven't made it in.

Boon also confirmed that the studio hasn't managed to fit in any cross-over play with the PlayStation 3 version.

Finally, just to be clear, Boon cleared up any confusion over the game's name.

"Yes, it's Mortal Kombat. 'Vitality' was something that somebody mocked up at some point, and it kind of stuck [laughs]. But yes, it's just called Mortal Kombat."

A concrete release date has not yet been announced but the finished game is expected to launch this Spring.

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