With Mortal Kombat X just days away from release, NetherRealm Studios is giving fans a good look at what they can expect from the hotly anticipated title. Yesterday, the studio revealed the game’s roster in its entirety during its latest stream, as well as giving gamers their most comprehensive look yet at the mobile version of the game yet.
Players can log into the app with the same account that will track their progress in the console title, allowing them to choose their team for Faction Wars as well as the Champion that will represent them in other players’ games. When a fan starts up a match, they’ll see a list of their friends’ Champions available to choose from — the fighter that they then pick will be available as a one-time-use assist summon in that bout.
Gamers will need to level up their Champion to keep them competitive, which in turn will make the character more likely to be chosen by friends. The Champion can earn users points that contribute towards their Faction Wars allegiance, so it’s in their best interests for them to be picked often by friends.
We were also given a good look at how Fatalities will work in the mobile port. Taps and swipes replace the familiar button combos, making inputs much easier — but also acting as a more intuitive way of slicing and dicing your opponent. Long-time fans will perhaps question the decision to make fatalities so simple to pull off, but it’s a smart move in terms of accessibility.
The mobile version also sees the return of a fan favorite feature from Injustice: Gods Among Us. That game allowed players to unlock exclusive content in the console version by playing the mobile port, and NetherRealm suggests that the rewards for doing so in Mortal Kombat X will be even more appealing.
We’ve already seen a couple of the skins that are offered up as part of this cross-platform integration — the mime costume for Johnny Cage and a farmer’s outfit for Jax Briggs. Extra attires will also be up for grabs for a range of other characters, as well as plenty of other types of bonus content.
While the mobile port of Mortal Kombat X definitely won’t compete with the console version in terms of gameplay or graphics, its strong integration with its bigger home console brother and the bonus content it offers looks to make it an essential download for anyone deep into the full game. However, it remains to be seen whether it’ll satisfy as a standalone experience in its own right.
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.