'Mortal Kombat X' Devs Talk Brutalities, Which Fighter Won't Return

Mortal Kombat X - Kitana Posing

Earlier today, NetherRealm Studios gave Mortal Kombat X fans their best look (yet) at the upcoming fighter as part of a livestream. The developers answered fan questions, showed off new fighter costumes, and even teased some future reveals.

While it’s hard to distill the livestream into just one topic, part of its focus was on the new costumes for Kitana and Reptile. With Mortal Kombat X making the jump to current-gen platforms, NetherRealm wanted to take this opportunity to spruce up a few of their fighters.

For Kitana, that means more elaborate costumes and a design that NetherRealm says is more realistic in terms of female proportions. Those expecting that to also mean less skin, however, will see that’s not the case.

Reptile’s design, on the other hand, looks to retain the ninja form, albeit with some appropriately lizard-like elements. Out of all of the ninja characters (e.g. Sub Zero and Scorpion), Reptile seems to have the most room for interpretation, and NetherRealm is apparently taking advantage of that with Mortal Kombat X.

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Fighting at the Crossroads

Characters might be at the forefront (or should we say, foreground) of Mortal Kombat X, but the stream also paid a little lip service to the background. Crossroads is the latest combat arena to join the fray with its ominous, magma-filled caverns, and visually feels well within the MK wheelhouse. The stage itself is well designed with lots of detail, including an interactive hanging body and a pedestal interaction that gets players out of corners. Check it out below:


Brutalities Make a Comeback

The goal with these livestreams is to unveil and talk about new Mortal Kombat X content on a regular basis. As they mentioned in the stream, NetherRealm hopes to reveal at this one new stage every two weeks or so, but they aim for more than that. On the next stream, for example, the devs suggested they might have more to say about the return of Brutalities for Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat - Scorpion vs Dvorah

While Fatalities, Babalities, and Friendships did make the cut for Mortal Kombat 9, NetherRealm couldn’t get Brutalities into the game in time. But, if the devs are to be believed, it sounds like the ultra violent, skin-shattering finishers will make it into this year’s game.

Less Jaded Roster

Although the focus of the event centered on revealing new additions to Mortal Kombat X, the developers did acknowledge one omission from the game. According to them, Jade will not make it into Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat 9 Jade

There was no reason given for Jade not making the MK X roster, but it’s easy to guess as to why. As with any fighting game, especially one with such an eclectic cast of fan-favorites, there were going to be characters that didn’t make the cut. In this case, it appears NetherRealm chose Kitana and left the fighting princess quotient at one. That is, if Mileena is not in the game.

It looks to be an exciting few weeks for Mortal Kombat fans, as NetherRealm prepares a ton of reveals. We’ve already been teased with the prospect of Sweet Tooth joining the roster, but what else could be on the way is anyone’s guess.

What do you think of the new Crossroads stage? Are you disappointed Jade isn’t joining the game?

Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, for PC, PS3, Ps4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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