It seems like fans have been anticipating Mortal Kombat X for a very long time indeed — but the wait is very nearly over. From series co-creator Ed Boon teasing fans on Twitter more than a year ago, to the tide of information regarding modes and characters on the roster in recent weeks, we’ve now got little more than a week before Kombat can begin in earnest.
With that in mind, the Herculean marketing effort behind the tenth mainline entry in the tenured Mortal Kombat series has now offered up the game’s launch trailer. If you’re not yet sold on the game, you may well be after seeing this video; it’s a comprehensive demonstration of everything that makes the title one of the biggest releases of 2015.
Backed by the song Chop Suey by System of a Down — as well as sounds of bones crunching and blood splattering — the trailer serves up a smorgasbord of characters, stages, and macabre fighting techniques. Following on from a similar tact used in 2011’s Mortal Kombat, it seems that NetherRealm Studios have committed to delivering as much content as is possible to pack into a fighting game.
The mammoth storyline set for Mortal Kombat X also calls to mind the strengths of its predecessor. That title garnered widespread acclaim for its single player content, and it seems that things have only been further refined this time around. We’ve already seen how the campaign begins, but the full story looks set to deliver a blockbuster plot worthy of the franchise’s long history.
For anyone who followed the series through the 2000s, the recent resurgence of Mortal Kombat has to come as something of a surprise. From Mortal Kombat 4 onwards, it seemed that each new installment was a step further away from its arcade heyday back in the 1990s — but the past five years have seen the quality of the games, as well as fan interest, completely reinvigorated.
However, the proof is in the pudding. Everything we’ve seen from the game makes it look like the perfect follow up to the excellent installment we saw in 2011, but we won’t know for sure until it sees release. Having said that, the fact that NetherRealm Studios have shown so much of the title would suggest that they’re very confident in their work.
Either way, we’ll know in just over a week. For now, it’s time to rewatch the first Mortal Kombat movie and put the klassic theme tune on loop — in a matter of days, the fight for Outworld will begin once again.
Mortal Kombat X is set to release on mobile and for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on April 14, 2015. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are expected to follow on June 2, 2015.