Saturday 7 June 2014

Mortal Kombat X - Details, Rumours and my Wants!

After the release of the Mortal Kombat X teaser trailer, there hasn't been any more concrete info on what we can expect from the upcoming 2015 game.

However, there has been a couple of hints and clues that have been given out after the trailer.

First was the press statement.. Here's the important part..

"Mortal Kombat X combines cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever, offering a new fully-connected experience that launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy. For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together."

Persistent Online Content - I'm not very convinced about this. I remember MK9 had the same promise about a great online feature but I saw plenty of complaints about connectivity etc.

Add to the fact that, as much as I love Mortal Kombat, I just suck at it and I'm just not good enough to be challenging the Pros online.

If the online system is fun and stable, it will be something to look forward to nevertheless.

Multiple Variations of each Character - Looks like there's going to be several options for each character and this actually could make sense on who that SubZero is in the trailer. More on this later..

So you have different fighting styles for each character, similar to what we had in MK Armageddon.

New challengers that tie the tale together - New challengers since MK9 or totally new characters never seen before? I would definitely love to see some new brand new characters but I'm also looking forward to see some characters from the MK Universe.

These are some characters that I want to see, make a re-appearance in Mortal Kombat X..

I love this character's design.. the Cleric of Chaos. He will probably get a re-design in any new game but if they keep his base look, he will still be one of my favourite characters. Hoping to see him return in MKX. Especially, with the excellent story modes that NetherRealm Studios incorporate into their recent fighting games, I'm looking forward to get to know more of his backstory.

Lady Sub Zero! With Bi-Han dead and now as Noob Saibot and Kuai-Lang turned into a Cyborg Sub Zero, could Frost take the front as the leading Cyromancer?

Crazy looking character! He will be a fun one!

Bo' Rai Cho
When I first saw this guy in MK Armageddon, I thought he was a complete joke. Always drunk and seemingly so clumsy. But this Outworld Master was the one who trained Liu Kang and subsequently Kung Lao. 

Would love to see him make a re-appearance with more character development.

Moloch and Drahmin
If you haven't noticed, I like the 'creatures' rather than the normal humans.

With MK9's ending putting Shinnok and Quan Chi in the light, it looks likely that Earthrealm will now face a new threat from Netherrealm, these two Oni might be crucial to the plot.

Big Bad Motaro, he died in MK9 after a very brief appearance but this fan favourite is too popular to kill off so soon. Making him a playable character will be a challenge but he has to come back at least in the story mode.

Probably the last of the ninjas that haven't made an appearance in MK9, I want to see him feature in MKX.

Oh man.. I can't describe how much I want to see him back. My all-time favourite Boss, i just love him as a character. The Ultimate Bad Ass of Mortal Kombat. To think that Shao Kahn once served him, just shows how much of a Bad Ass this guy is. 

The expectation is that Mortal Kombat will follow the events of MK4 and a couple of games after that. Depends on how far they stretch the story, Onaga may or not make an appearance but I'm really crossing my fingers that he comes back. 

However, if they really want to develop the story, Shinnok and Quan Chi has to be the main focus this time round. Hopefully, I don't have to wait too long for the following Mortal Kombat game.

But if he does make an appearance, I'm gonna do 1 up by wishing for a Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' Statue of him. Too much?

Nah just kidding!

Ed Boon has also been giving hints and clues on what we can expect at E3 and Mortal Kombat X altogether, and these 2 tweets found at Mortal Kombat Online have been particularly exciting..

There's going to be new fighters as mentioned earlier and the story will 'sort of continue' from MK9, which means several of the dead characters may or may not appear in Mortal Kombat X. While it's a pity that some characters are going to miss the cut, I think it's reasonable to say that they will not be re-appearing in the story mode. However, there are some characters that I just can't live without. Well, they could always be playable characters in the Ladder Mode.

I can't find the post now but someone on the Mortal Kombat Online forums mentioned that the story mode could be featuring Time-Travel.. which will explain..

1) Why Sub Zero is back alive in the trailer, in what looks like he's human again. 

So what we saw in the first trailer could be one of the Sub Zeros before he died fighting against a present Scorpion? Or of course, it could be a new Cyromancer altogether taking on the Sub Zero mantle.

 2) Why we will see different variations of each character as mentioned in the Press Release. Sub Zero in the present will have 1 fighting style, while Sub Zero in the past has another fighting style?

3) The time-travelling/alternate timeline thing has already been featured in MK9 with Raiden sending a message to his former self to stop the events leading to Armageddon. While Shao Kahn is dead, there's still a lot of unfortunate events that happened, could the current Raiden send another message back to try and change things around again?

Time-travelling/Alternate timelines seem to be the in-thing nowadays with Injustice: Gods among us featuring it and X-Men: Days of Future Past so popular.

It could make for a very compelling story, but could also be super-confusing. Just hope they do it right, if they are going down this line.

Anyway, it's just less than a week away to E3, can't wait to hear more details on Mortal Kombat X.. Who's next?