Fans of the Mortal Kombat video games have been waiting years for the next entry in the iconic series. Well, it looks like they won’t have to wait much longer to dole out those Fatalities. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that the NetherRealm Studios production, Mortal Kombat X will be released on April 14, 2015, and fans who pre-order the game will be cheering the return of a character that they haven’t seen in years.
As part of a publicity push to get those pre-orders in, the video game studio has decided to offer Goro as a playable character for the first time in much too long. WB Interactive even gave players a peek of Goro’s new, terrifying look.
As diehard fans of the series may remember, Goro, a four-armed, half-dragon, Shokan warrior, was featured in the original game but did not reappear until the fourth entry in the franchise, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, where he was featured as a playable character. Goro was quickly a fan favorite and one of the first characters that fans look for with each Mortal Kombat release, so offering the warrior as a pre-order exclusive is a brilliant move on the makers’ part.
Mortal Kombat is one of those franchises that thrills its fans much more often than not. After a successful live action movie of the same name back in 1995, it seemed that there would be no stopping the MK machine from destroying anything that stood in its way. Then Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat’s 1997 sequel, stopped the machine in its tracks and while the video game franchise would continue to thrive and release new entries every few years, it would be over a decade before fans got the live action entry they deserved. Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, a short film that was meant to pitch a live action series, ignited that fire in the MK fandom anew and soon, the gritty Mortal Kombat: Legacy was born. If you have never seen the original Rebirth, you really should take a moment to bask in its awesomeness.
Mortal Kombat X will allow players to select from different versions of their favorite characters, such as Sub-Zero and Scorpion, each version boasting different abilities and strengths, and will provide a new story that will pit good against evil. Players will enter a persistent online tournament and X promises to be the most brutal, immersive entry of the franchise yet. The game will be available for pretty much any next gen platform, though Nintendo seems to be staying out of this one.
Mortal Kombat really stepped up its game with Rebirth and Legacy and fans can only hope that X will continue that trend. As long as they stay away from Babalities, Friendships, and Animalities, the game will likely be a wonderful treat.