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Boon: Match ups change a lot in Mortal Kombat X with variations - Scorpion summons minion, Torr enhances self by ditching companion

Mortal Kombat X is going to bring a new flavor to match ups in traditional fighting games, if Ed Boon and the NetherRealm Studios team has anything to say about it.

Speaking at E3 2014, Boon said that the variations on every character (they all have three) often are based around distinct play styles.

"One might be more offensive, or defensive, or a distance projectile one," said Boon. "It makes match ups a lot more of an interesting thing.

"Normally in a fighting game, you might say Raiden is a bad match up against Scorpion, but [in MKX], you might say Raiden A is a bad match up against Scorpion B, but he's good against Scorpion A," Boon continued.

"All of those add a lot more variables in play to the combat," he concluded.

We've compiled all three variations for each of the six currently revealed Mortal Kombat X characters into this post.

Since the game is very early in development, these are subject to change, but you can at least see what the developers are looking at implementing, after the break.

Note that all variations will be available up front, without the need to unlock or buy them.

Gameplay footage of Cassie Cage and Kotal Kahn in Mortal Kombat X, fatalities for both fighters shown

Continuing to reveal ever more about the new Mortal Kombat X, NetherRealm Studios offered up many details and gameplay footage of Cassie Cage and Kotal Kahn in a live stream today.

One fatality each for Cassie Cage and Kotal Kahn was also shown on screen.

Ed Boon talks about the development of the game, from how the story is being built to some specifics of the three different versions of characters.

Boon said that they were in the planning stages of MKX while they were still working on Injustice: Gods Among Us.

High resolution screen shots show off the beauty and brutality of Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. put out new high resolution screen shots of Mortal Kombat X today.

These images are spectacular, as they do a great job of showcasing the game's beauty, as well as brutality. You can find all of them after the jump.

Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn revealed for Mortal Kombat X, former character is daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya

NetherRealm Studios Ed Boon showed some of the new characters in Mortal Kombat X today, Cassie Cage, who is Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade's daughter, and she has a combination of moves from both characters.

Also, we got a better look at Kotal Kahn, the character briefly shown in the gameplay trailer released yesterday.

We also found out that the half-human, half-insect creature is named D'Vorah, and Ferra/Torr is the Master Blaster Mad Max 3 character shown. Ferra is the little lady that rides on Torr's back. He can even throw her like a projectile.

Closer look at the other new character shown in Mortal Kombat X, more old cast members returning; block button is back

If you blinked for a really long time, or weren't paying close attention during the Mortal Kombat X gameplay trailer at E3 2014, you might have missed another new character's mug popping up on screen.

While the bug lady and Master Blaster from Mad Max 3 clone took center stage through most of the action, as far as new fighters were concerned, this guy had a bit of air time to perform some fatalities.

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As luck would have it, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon said we'll be seeing more of the new fighters at E3 2014.

Also, more old favorite cast members will be back in the game as well, although he didn't specifically say when we might see them revealed.

Hit the jump for a few of Boon's more interesting tweets about the game, including that the block button is returning, as expected.

Gameplay footage of Mortal Kombat X: New fighters shown, Scorpion and Sub-Zero face off

Gameplay footage of Mortal Kombat X was shown for the first time at the Sony PlayStation E3 2014 media briefing.

Brand new fighters were shown, and Scorpion and Sub-Zero also act out some of their battle sequences from the trailer.

If you look closely, you can see various background elements highlight as the players get close to them, showing how the interactables system works so far at this early stage of development.

Smosh Games gets brutal with Mortal Kombat in their latest Honest Game Trailer

Smosh Games has been inundated with requests to do a Mortal Kombat edition of their Honest Game Trailers video series recently, after NetherRealm Studios announced Mortal Kombat X for current and new-gen platforms. So they heeded their fans' pleas.

The result is not only entertaining, but decidedly brutal -- even for a game franchise in which the characters fracture skulls and rip out their opponents' spines upon victory.

Here's an excerpt to start you off (video embedded after the jump):

"From the developers who created one of the best fighting games of all time, then did everything they could to ruin it, comes a franchise that taught kids all they know about human anatomy, and absolutely nothing about spelling -- Mortal Kombat."

Cover art for Mortal Kombat X revealed, pre-orders available now

The cover art for Mortal Kombat X is available for fans to view now. The game is still a good ways off, as its release date is set for 2015, so this artwork may change around between now and then.

Also, pre-orders for the game are now live on a variety of retail websites, like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and many others. The suggested retail price is $59.99.

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Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition and Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition under $8 each on Steam this week

We've had a giant wave of Capcom related news these past couple of days due to the release of Ultra Street Fighter 4, but perhaps Street Fighter isn't really your thing. Luckily, we've got some great news for all of you NetherRealm Studios fans out there.

This week, Steam is having a sale in which Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition can be purchased for 75% off the original price. In anticipation for MKX, you can snatch up the previous-gen Mortal Kombat title, along with all DLC characters/costumes, for $4.99.

Additionally, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition can be downloaded for only $7.49. The Ultimate Edition also comes with all DLC characters and costumes, much like Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition.

The sale last up until this Friday, so be sure to scoop these games up at their discounted prices!

Source: Steam. Via Test Your Might. Submitted by DevilMaySpy.

Check out the high level of detail in these Mortal Kombat X images of Scorpion

On the official Mortal Kombat website, NetherRealm Studios put up a few images of Scorpion for the community to check out.

You can see that his character model has a very high level of detail, and some great textures. Hopefully the team shows quite a bit more of this stuff in the future for the other fighters.

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What do you think? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Updated: Mortal Kombat X features multiple variations of each character, new cast members, game modes & graphics engine

Updated: Ed Boon confirmed that MKX would have new characters, game modes, and an all new graphics engine in a recent statement.

Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilize the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet. The team has worked hard to make sure Mortal Kombat X delivers everything fans expect along with new characters, new game modes and an all new graphics engine.

The official PlayStation YouTube channel uploaded the Mortal Kombat 10 announcement trailer today, but they included some previously unknown details in the clip's description.

Most notably that Mortal Kombat 10 will have multiple variations of each character, and that feature will change the strategy and fighting style of the combatants.

The last major detail is that the game features a "persistent online contest," where apparently every battle is logged as part of some ranking system.

Mortal Kombat X officially revealed, announcement trailer shown

Updated: Warner Bros. confirmed that Mortal Kombat X would be released on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2015, which backs up the Amazon UK listing we previously posted.

Ed Boon announced the 10th installment of Mortal Kombat today, saying the game is officially titled Mortal Kombat X.

NetherRealm Studios also released the announcement trailer for the game which shows Sub-Zero and Scorpion fighting, using x-ray attacks through part of the bout, and their environment to attack each other, then ending with one of the series' signature fatalities.

Here are a few high resolution images from the video.

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Hit the jump to view the trailer.

Mortal Kombat X PC-DVD, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One product listings surface on Amazon UK; slated for 2015 release

Product listings for Mortal Kombat X have surfaced on Amazon UK, eagle-eyed Twitter user lifelower noticed earlier today.

According to the early product listings, Mortal Kombat X is said to be coming out on PC (DVD), PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game is also apparently due to be released sometime in 2015.

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Whether or not the listings are true, we'll know at around 6AM PDT tomorrow, or about 19 hours from the time this post was published.

That's when series creator Ed Boon is slated to unveil what this mysterious announce he's been teasing about for the past couple of weeks actually is.

Source: @lifelower via NeoGAF and Joystiq. Also mentioned by an anonymous tipster.

Four arms of fury: How the special effects team brought Goro to life in the first Mortal Kombat movie

Goro was known in the first Mortal Kombat movie for his unintentionally hilarious moments. Some of his facial expressions and actions really couldn't be viewed as anything but comedic.

Still, the actual process of bringing him to life in the film is pretty interesting, and we've posted a behind the scenes video which shows many of the devices, make-up applications and others that brought this four-armed dude to the big screen.

Goro was a 120lb animatronic suit, meaning the guy with him strapped on his torso had to be in pretty good shape, and be able to hold that amount of weight for a long period of time. You can find the video after the break.

Tiers for Persona 4: Arena, Mortal Kombat 9 and Guilty Gear launched

Our next set of tiers listings have launched on EventHubs, here are links to the new areas.

Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R
Mortal Kombat 9
Persona 4: Arena

If you're familiar with these games and feel like you have a good level of knowledge to share with the community, please get in there and vote on the match ups.

Keep in mind, when tier sections first launch, they can change wildly with a single vote, so try not to worry as things fall into line usually after a day or two.

All of our tier sections update once per hour, so you can keep checking back to see how things are evolving.

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