Mortal Kombat is the 2011 fighting game that promises to bring the franchise back to its mature roots. The characters and scenarios of the new release will be the original ones though, recounting the events of the first three games in an alternate timeline. First impressions of the gameplay hint that the release has the potential to reignite the flame for fans and draw new gamers into its realm.
One of the most recognizable characters in the series is Scorpion. He is one of the few original characters, debuting in the original Mortal Kombat arcade game, and is arguably the most popular character in the series. His presence in the Mortal Kombat tournament as well as the origin of his rivalry with Sub-Zero are explained in this new trailer.
Combining gameplay with motion comic artistry, the trailer reveals a story that Mortal Kombat veterans would already be familiar with. Scorpion, the once human ninja assassin, is powered by a thirst for vengeance. He seeks to destroy Sub-Zero, who he holds responsible for the death of his family and clan. His deadly rivalry with Sub-Zero, another one of the most popular characters in the series, will be a featured story element in the new game.
Few gamers who may not be familiar with the original backstories of Mortal Kombat characters may find the information educational. Leading up to the release of the game, we can assume that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios will release more character-centric trailers. Building the buzz and revealing the new old status quo would be a smart move.
The Mortal Kombat franchise seems to be in a state of renewal, what with the new game and even a new short live-action film used to pitch a possible re-imagined Mortal Kombat film. In 2011, many gamers will be welcoming the return of the blood and violence of the franchise.
Mortal Kombat will be released in 2011 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.