Mortal Kombat


Key events

20th April 2011

Mortal Kombat

18th February 2011

Mortal Kombat UK release date

11th February 2011

Liu Kang Mortal Kombat trailer

21st January 2011

Mortal Kombat UK release date

1st September 2010

Mortal Kombat teaser trailer

Mortal Kombat Vita release date revealed

Mortal Kombat Vita release date revealed

Portable dust-up arrives in May.

The Vita version of 2011 franchise reboot Mortal Kombat launches in Europe on 4th May, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

It's essentially the same game released on consoles last year, with a handful of new features thrown in.

As well as touchscreen-enabled fatalities, there's an all-new Challenge Tower mode offering 150 Vita-exclusive missions.

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Digital FoundryHacked PS3 games running on Vita via Remote Play

Battlefield 3, Batman, Mortal Kombat and more shown in vids.

YouTube videos have emerged showing hit PlayStation 3 titles running via Remote Play on the new PSVita handheld. Camera footage of titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mortal Kombat, Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum has been recorded and uploaded, and there's absolutely no reason whatsoever to assume that the videos are anything but genuine.

Ed Boon reveals Mortal Kombat Vita features

Touch screen fatalities, new Challenge Tower detailed.

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.

Mortal Kombat Vita due this Spring

First word on NetherRealm-developed title.

A Vita version of the recent Mortal Kombat reboot launches this Spring, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition confirmed

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition confirmed

UPDATE: European date announced.

UPDATE: Warner has announced that Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition launches in the UK on 2nd March.

The European release does not include download codes for the film and soundtrack.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition arrives in US stores on 28th February, publisher Warner Bors. Interactive has confirmed.

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BBFC reveals Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition release date

The Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition will be released on 17th February 2012.

That's according to UK age-ratings body the BBFC, which handed out an 18 certificate this afternoon.

The BBFC only mentioned Xbox 360, and didn't discuss the game's content beyond "contains strong bloody violence".

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New Mortal Kombat movie announced

New Mortal Kombat movie announced

Unofficial web short creator to direct.

A new Mortal Kombat movie has been given the green light, with the man responsible for last year's impressive unofficial web short given the nod to direct.

According to Los Angeles Times, New Line Cinema is teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on the project, with production to start next year ahead of a planned 2013 release.

Director Kevin Tancharoen caught Warner's eye when an unofficial proof-of-concept short he made in 2010 called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth went viral. He was then signed up to make nine officially sanctioned web promos - called Mortal Kombat: Legacy - to push this year's video game reboot.

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Mortal Kombat patch notes released

Mortal Kombat patch notes released

On Xbox 360 now. PS3 next week.

NetherRealm has released a patch for Mortal Kombat, and has tested the changes it brings and detailed the patch notes.

The patch notes are reproduced below. From the looks of things, Subzero has received a pretty nifty boost.

The patch was released for the Xbox 360 version of the three million-selling game today. The patch goes live on PlayStation 3 next week.

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Mortal Kombat 9 sells 3 million worldwide

Mortal Kombat 9 has sold 3 million copies around the world, Warner Bros. has announced.

It's the best-selling fighting game this year - more successful, even, than Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Warner Bros. video game president Martin Tremblay said the numbers had "exceeded our sales goals".

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FeatureBeginner's Guide: Fighting Games

The ultimate combo ice breaker.

In theory, fighting games should be one of the easiest genres to define - it's pretty much all there in the title. Two people trade karate chops, dragon punches and flying kicks until one is knocked unconscious or mercilessly killed, the only real complication coming from the clicking timer (fighters tend to suffer a cardiac arrest if they break the 60 second rule, you see.)

Freddy Krueger DLC for Mortal Kombat

Horror icon joins the fray next month.

Nightmare on Elm Street boogeyman Freddy Krueger makes an unexpected cameo in Mortal Kombat from 9th August, Warner Bros Interactive has announced.

Mortal Kombat 9 Rain DLC release date

Mortal Kombat 9 Rain DLC release date

Ninja that controls rain, lightning.

Weatherman Rain will be available to download for Mortal Kombat 9 on 19th July - next Tuesday.

The purple ninja that controls rain and lightning will cost either 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Marketplace or £3.19 on PlayStation Network.

Rain will be able to encapsulate fighters in bubbles of water, call down lightning bolts, disappear and reappear in puddles of water and produce a nifty array of kicks.

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FeatureCheap This Week - 29/06/11

Street Fighter! Mortal Kombat! Lara!

I hope you're not still paying full price for games are you? As this week's selection goes to show, there's a pretty huge difference in what prices all the different retailers charge for identical items, and Cheap This Week is your essential guide to finding the best deals around across all formats.

Mortal Kombat Kenshi DLC release date

The Mortal Kombat Kenshi downloadable content launches on 5th July, Warner Bros. has announced.

That's a Tuesday, and relates to the DLC's Xbox Live launch. In Europe on the PlayStation Network it goes a day later, on Wednesday 6th July.

At least, that's what we hope. The Mortal Kombat Skarlet DLC was mysteriously absent from the European PlayStation Store following its US launch.

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Mortal Kombat stealth update

Mortal Kombat stealth update

Some characters buffed, some nerfed.

NetherRealm has updated fighting game Mortal Kombat to implement balance changes.

As Eurogamer revealed last month, the developer is able to tweak the game without having players download an update.

It has now down so, as revealed by Test Your Might.

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Mortal Kombat cracks XBL usage top 10

While Outland tops XBLA chart.

Mortal Kombat is the only game released in 2011 to feature in the latest Xbox Live usage top 10, according to last week's global unique user chart.

FeatureCheap This Week - 20/04/11

The best in bargain gaming.

Welcome to Cheap This Week! We already tell you which games are out this week, so we thought we'd try bringing you a weekly roundup of the best deals in gaming as well. Look out for Cheap This Week each Wednesday.

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

Shao we Kahn.

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the most important fighting game ever made, and although I dare not speak its name in this opening paragraph, it shows how far the genre has progressed in two decades. It also highlights those series which started out as fresh ideas, and then thanks to a steady supply of subtle tweaks and major leaps, evolved into the current cream of the combative crop.

Virtua Fighter pioneered the polygon punch-up and now has a daunting degree of depth. Tekken introduced limb-based controls and today is rich with command lists and extreme juggling. And although Soul Blade was once described as Tekken with weapons, it paved the way for SoulCalibur and the 8-Way Run system. But in comparison to these mechanical innovators, Mortal Kombat has been riddled with creative decay for the last 15 years.

This Mortal Kombat is a revamp that returns to the series' roots while taking notes from the competition. We're back to a 2D fighting plane with a five-button layout that delivers punches and kicks in ambidextrous variations. The combo system retains the uppercuts and sweeps that old-school fans will instantly recognise and each character has a selection of one-hit strikes and multi-hit assaults that can be combined with their special attacks.

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MK dev wanted Xbox exclusive character

MK dev wanted Xbox exclusive character

But, "We did not have control over it."

The PlayStation 3 version of fighting game Mortal Kombat – out this week – includes God of War star Kratos as an exclusive playable character. Xbox 360 owners, however, do not get an exclusive character. Why?

The answer is shrouded in mystery.

"Unfortunately, the circumstances didn't allow us to make a 360 exclusive," was all Mortal Kombat boss Ed Boon could say when quizzed by Eurogamer.

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Out This Week - 22/04/11

Portal 2! Mortal Kombat! Op Flash!

It's a hard time to be a gamer. Marvellous temperatures outside and a small flotilla of incoming bank holidays call you away from your gaming device(s) of choice. What else could herald one of the busiest weeks of game releases so far this year?

UK Mortal Kombat tournament launched

UK Mortal Kombat tournament launched

Win a full size MK arcade machine.

Warner Bros. Interactive has announced a tournament designed to unearth the UK's best Mortal Kombat player.

The final will be held at The Gadget Show Live in the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday 17TH April. First prize: a full size Mortal Kombat arcade machine containing PS3 console.

To make it through to the final, though, you'll have to enter the qualifying rounds, which take place from 14th March to 4th April at GAME and Gamestation stores across the UK. There's more information over at the Mortal Kombat Facebook UK Tournament Event page.

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NetherRealm Studios will bring the classic Test Your Might mini-game from the first Mortal Kombat game kicking and screaming into the current generation with a special mode for the new, upcoming Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat UK release date

Brutal PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 fighting game Mortal Kombat will launch in the UK on Thursday 21st April, Warner Bros. has confirmed to Eurogamer.

That's three days later than the previously announced 18th April UK release date.

It launches in the US on 19th April.

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Mortal Kombat UK release date

Mortal Kombat UK release date

You Shao Kahn fight.

Warner Bros. reboot of the Mortal Kombat fighting series will launch here on 18th April, the publisher has announced.

Developer NetherRealm Studios is working with original creator Ed Boon to breathe new life into the IP.

Among the fighters confirmed for the new game are Cyrax, Ermac, Jade, Jax, Johnny Cage, Kitana, Kung Lao, Mileena, Nightwolf, Raiden, Reptile, Scorpion, Sektor, Shao Kahn, Sindel, Sonya, and Sub-Zero.

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Mortal Kombat reboot out in April

Special Editions detailed.

You'll be able to square up to the new back-to-basics Mortal Kombat from April 2011, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed.

Kratos confirmed for Mortal Kombat

Kratos confirmed for Mortal Kombat

PlayStation's God of War joins the fray.

A new Spike VGA trailer released for Mortal Kombat has confirmed God of War's Kratos as a playable fighter. Check it out below.

We knew this already, of course – the news was inadvertently leaked by the Official PlayStation Magazine last week.

Kratos will have his own fatalities, combat moves and God of War themed arena. Kratos won't, however, turn up in the game's story mode, but, let's be honest, who plays fighting games for the story?

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Jaffe: Kratos shouldn't rape MK victims

"I was being intentionally juvenile."

God of War creator David Jaffe has blurted out obscenities again. When mulling how Kratos might dispatch his foes in Mortal Kombat, Jaffe suggested the Greek powerhouse would "f*** the s*** out of Sonya and Katana at the same motherf***ing time!!!".

MK creator agreed with gore controversy

"Wouldn't want my ten-year-old" playing it.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed that he sympathised with much of the outrage that surrounded the release of the first game in his ultra-violent fighting franchise.

New MK is for tournament fighters

First game in series with "hardcore" features.

The new Mortal Kombat is the first game in the series to be targeted at serious beat 'em up fans, reckons series created Ed Boon.