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New MK to feature 60 fighters

And overhauled gameplay.

The latest instalment in the Mortal Kombat series will feature at least 60 playable characters plus a host of exciting new features, according to US magazine Game Informer.

Word is that "all the characters from Mortal Kombat fighting history" will turn up in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, and the fighter selection screen will be so huge you'll have to rotate it around to view the lot of them. According to Game Informer, Motaro might not make an appearance, however.

You'll also be able to create your own customised fighter, and there will be some significant overhauls to the gameplay. The Fatality system, for example, is set to be completely "reinvented" - though there's no details of how exactly just yet.

The game will also feature an Air Combo system that lets you put combos together while your character is jumping around the place, and you'll be able to direct throws so enemies land exactly where you want them to. As a result, deathtraps will be easier to organise and deadlier than ever. And finally, we're told that the Konquest mode is being built around the Shaolin Monks engine.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is due out on PS2 and Xbox this October in the US, with a European release likely to follow by Christmas.