At this rate, there won't be any surprises left when Mortal Kombat X hits next month. Over the past few weeks, a steady stream of leaks and official announcements have revealed new and returning fighters and game modes, as well as offered a tantalizing peak into the highly anticipated fighter's epic storyline. All this, and the game is still weeks away; if it's not careful, developer NetherRealm Studios won't have anything left to show off as the calendar creeps closer to Mortal Kombat X's looming release date.
Of course, should that happen, it would be NetherRealm's own fault. The studio itself is one of the biggest sources of information regarding Mortal Kombat X, particularly its semi-regular Mortal Kombat Kast, in which developers show off Mortal Kombat X gameplay while discussing new and updated features. The most recent video stream introduced Quitalities, which punish players who disconnect in the middle of multiplayer matches, and confirmed the game's backwards compatibility with last-generation fight sticks.
That's not all. This week's Kombat Kast revealed two additional game modes, Kustom Kombat and Test Your Luck. Test Your Luck is a holdover from Mortal Kombat 9, and involves so-called "modifiers" that switch up gameplay by adding special effects. Players can have as many modifiers as they want in the match, but the modifiers themselves are randomly selected from a pool of over a hundred, and don't necessarily affect players equally. Some of the modifiers - Double Damage, for example - help players out; others, like Curse of Sloth, aren't quite as beneficial.
Kustom Kombat builds off of Test Your Luck by allowing players to choose the modifiers themselves. Both players can select two modifiers, for a total of four, and can specify who is affected by each option. If the slate of modifiers isn't full, the computer will randomly fill in the blanks. Players can unlock modifiers for Kustom Kombat by playing through the game's Living Towers. Unfortunately, Kustom Kombat is limited to local multiplayer only.
Kustom Kombat and Test Your Luck's inclusion in Mortal Kombat X isn't particularly surprising given that both modes were mentioned in Mortal Kombat X's leaked Xbox One achievements list. Still, confirmation of the modes is welcome. Besides, if NetherRealm is announcing cool content like this when Mortal Kombat X is still a month away, it's exciting to imagine what features they'll be unleashing closer to the game's release. Odds are, it'll be a doozy.
Mortal Kombat X will come out April 14, 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and mobile. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will hit this summer.
Source: NetherRealm Studios