For gamers back in the 90’s, the 16-Bit war consisted of two sides: the “wimps” on Nintendo who got a censored, watered down, kiddy-friendly version of Midway’s violent Mortal Kombat, and the “real gamers” on Sega who received the uncensored and ultra explicit version. In those days, pulling out an opponent’s heart or spine was considered horrific…and perhaps still is today. Despite a rather complicated history (story-wise and developer-wise) the series is still alive and kicking, and will soon be available for Android gamers to sink their teeth into.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has just announced the worldwide debut of Mortal Kombat X, and it’s going to be on mobiles no less. The game will be a free-to-play affair which the publisher bills as a “fighting/card-battler hybrid” and is developed by NetherRealm Studios, whose previous titles include both Mortal Kombat installments as well as Batman Arkham City Lockdown and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
In addition to the standard fighting and card collecting (?!, the game will also have multiplayer-based team combat and see the return of the shut-your-eyes-hide-your-kids Fatalities and x-rays. Series veterans Scorpion, Raiden, Sub-Zero and others will return along with a new set of Kombatants.
Mortal Kombat X will be released in April, and have unlockables when combined with a PC or home console version and a Warner Brothers WB Play account: mobile play and achievements will unlock console/PC content, and vice-versa.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mortal Kombat X, a free-to-play fighting/card-battler hybrid that delivers the next evolution in mobile fighting games for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android users. Developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, the game delivers striking graphics and brings a custom Mortal Kombat fighting gameplay experience anywhere, anytime through the accessibility of mobile devices. Mortal Kombat X will be available April 2015 on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices.
“NetherRealm Studios has created a Mortal Kombat X mobile experience that allows more players than ever before to play this over-the-top fighting game through their ever-present smartphones, tablets or other devices,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “What’s more, we’ve expanded the unique cross-connectivity feature that links the mobile and console versions of Mortal Kombat X, delivering unique rewards to all players for simply playing the mobile game.”
As the next evolution of mobile fighting games, the Mortal Kombat X mobile game will feature a hybrid of fighting, card collecting, multiplayer team combat and more, featuring shocking Fatalities, legendary Mortal Kombat characters like Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden as well as the Next generation of Kombatants. The Mortal Kombat X mobile game will showcase the iconic visceral combat with the vicious graphics that Mortal Kombat fans love, along with brutal Fatalities, x-rays and more.
The console and PC versions of Mortal Kombat X will be available worldwide on April 14, 2015. Once launched, players who own the forthcoming console or PC versions of the game will be able to unlock content in the mobile game and vice versa by signing up for a WB Play account and completing tasks and achievements within each version.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
About NetherRealm Studios
NetherRealm Studios is a leader in the development of interactive entertainment, and the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series, and has sold over 35 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the award-winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together since 1992. Additional information about NetherRealm Studios can be found at www.netherrealm.com
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