Nostalgic gamers love to talk about 'back in their day' and, when those conversations start, it's never long before arcade controls are being fondly recalled. The arcade scene was especially popular for fighting-sim enthusiasts and many purest fighting fans still prefer to duke it out with a fight stick over a console control whenever possible. A few years back, PS3 owners were even lucky enough to have the chance to pick up a PlayStation fight stick to use with Injustice and the 2011 version of Mortal Kombat.
To stir up some hype for today's Mortal Kombat X live stream, NetherRealm's creative director Ed Boon tweeted out an image of the PS3-era fight stick and posed the question, "What the hell does this have to do with tomorrow?" That question was answered today, when the game's creators used the stream to reveal that the PlayStation 4 version of Mortal Kombat X will offer support for the existing PS3 fight sticks.
The hosts of the stream didn't mention fight stick support for any other platforms, but it is too early to rule out the possibility. Fans may recall that some of the fight sticks were collector's items when they were released and only gamers willing to drop a bit of extra money picked them up.
During the stream, it was confirmed that both the Tournament Edition MK fight stick and the Injustice: Gods Among Us fight stick will be compatible with the upcoming installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise. Since no other console's were mentioned in the announcement, it's possible that support might be coming from a PS4 exclusive development, like the custom USB driver that Lab Zero Games has been working on to support PS3 fight sticks for Skullgirls.
The rest of the stream was heavy on gameplay demos and viewers had a chance to check out Takeda's fatality, 'Test Your Might' modifiers, and the Ronin variation for Takeda. Lasher and his electric whip variation received a lot of attention, as the fighter's whip is all about range and doesn't allow for air combos. Accompanying all of this was the new "Quitality" which was also revealed, much to the delight of those that like to play online, and it should deliver swift justice to those that think they can quit mid-match.
Gamers may want to check out some highlights from the stream if they want a preview of Mileena's face-eating fatality. It's definitely not for everybody, so prepare to cringe, but the face-gnawing fighter also had her variations highlighted during the showcase – one of which allows her to disappear while moving forwards or backwards while out of sight.
Do you think additional fight sticks will be confirmed? Do you expect a similar announcement for the Xbox One version? Let us know in the comments.
Mortal Kombat X launches on April 14, 2015 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It was recently delayed into the Summer for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.