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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.

In an interview with Shack News, Boon said, "This is the first Mortal Kombat game where we are consciously putting in features for the hardcore/tournament fighters and we have some amazing fighting game 'experts' playing our game and giving us constant feedback."

"This version of Mortal Kombat has more depth in terms of gameplay than the previous games," he added. "We've put in a lot of thought on how to make this game accessible to the casual gamer and at the same time add enough depth that it keeps the more advanced players challenged."

The new game, simply entitled Mortal Kombat, sees the series returning to its 2D roots after 2006's Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and 2008's Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe failed to make much of a splash.

It's all going to kick-off sometime in 2011 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Take a look at the trailer below to get a better idea of where Boon and NetherRealm Studios are taking the classic fighting franchise.

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