While Mortal Kombat 9 did well to rejuvenate the franchise and prove that NetherRealm Studios’ fighter still has a ravenous fan base, Mortal Kombat X appears to be a leap forward. Now it is NetherRealm’s chance to show what the franchise can do on new platforms and to introduce a few new characters as well.
But, while Mortal Kombat X is an evolution for the series, NetherRealm has not forgotten MK’s roots. In fact, Mortal Kombat X is as much an opportunity for the developer to iterate as it is a chance for them to bring back fan-favorite elements.
One such element that is set to return for Mortal Kombat X is Brutalities, the ultra violent finishers made popular in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Brutalities are actually poised to make a huge comeback for MK X, as NetherRealm has put more than 100 in their upcoming game.
According to NetherRealm, Brutalities are triggered by certain win conditions this time around and not complex button presses. For example, if a player wins by a throw then a Brutality might activate. Similarly, if an opponent deals the killing blow with a particular ability, then that too might trigger a Brutality. Check out a few examples below:
With over 100+ possible Brutalities in the game, Mortal Kombat X appears to be going for broke as far as features are concerned. Yes, there are some omissions, like green princess Jade, but clearly NetherRealm is trying to pack as much fan-favorite content as they can.
Even so, there are still components of Mortal Kombat X that will not make it into the retail product. Luckily, NetherRealm already has plans for a Mortal Kombat X Season Pass that will presumably beef up the game’s roster and core offerings.
At this point, all NetherRealm could confirm was that they have plans for four Mortal Kombat X DLC characters that will hit after launch. They wouldn’t say, or give any hints, as to who those characters might be, but if we had to guess we’d bet at least one of them is a guest character.
With only two months left until Mortal Kombat X releases in April, NetherRealm has significantly bumped up their promotional marketing. But while the return of Brutalities and details on DLC are nice, fans are likely still waiting to see new roster additions more than anything else. Luckily, these Mortal Kombat streams seem to be a regular thing, so keep an eye out for more details very soon.
What do you think of the (slightly) new approach to Brutalities? Who would you like to see join the roster as DLC?
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.