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Brutalities and Team Battle confirmed in Mortal Kombat X, check out the first-ever 'Faction Kill' too!

This morning's Mortal Kombat X "Next" trailer gave us a closer look into the minds of the developers behind the game, but for some eagle-eyed viewers it did much more. We've already reported on the possibility of Sonya being in the game, and now we have confirmation of a few things we can expect to see once MKX drops in April.

Firstly, Brutalities will be in the next Mortal Kombat title. As seen in the screenshot below, there are stats for "Brutality," along with Team Battles.

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While no other information about these two facets has been revealed, it's still nice to know what we can look forward to in MKX.

Additionally, this trailer gave us a look at a brand new type of kill in the MK universe -- Faction Kills. Coinciding with the newly unveiled mode, it looks like these finishers will utilize objects in stages to creatively KO the opponent.

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Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat X? New trailer detailing online modes shows interesting character portrait

Earlier this morning, the folks over at NeatherRealm Studios and WB uploaded a trailer that shows behind the scenes footage of Mortal Kombat X, along with details about new online modes.

During the portion of the video that discusses Factions -- an new mode that allows players to join one of five different teams and go to war with others by scoring points in 1v1 ranked, arcade, etc. -- a character representing each faction. EventHubs user JJMain spotted what appears to be Sonya Blade under the "Special Forces" faction.

Sonya's portrait appears in the video that was uploaded on to the WBGamesUK, but what's even more peculiar is that if you watch the same trailer over on Mortal Kombat Community, the portrait is different. You will see that the latter video has a character portrait of Cassie Cage. Check out the images below to see both.

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At this point in time, Sonya Blade as a playable character is not confirmed. The character portrait in question could be an alternate costume for Cassie Cage, or simply a reference to Sonya's potential inclusion in the game's story mode.

In early interviews, Ed Boon did mention that the return of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade -- Cassie Cage's parents -- is definitely possible, so there is a chance that we'll see the Special Forces officer make a comeback.

Check out the trailer below for new information on Mortal Kombat X, and let us know what you think about the Sonya spotting in the comments below.

EVO 2015 '3on3 characters' ruleset for Mortal Kombat X a typo, left over from text meant for KOF13

Update: According to EVO organizer Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, the "3on3 characters" part of the Mortal Kombat X (MKX) EVO 2015 rules had been a typo left over from the text for The King of Fighters 13. The official rules for MKX have just been updated to remove the error.

Earlier: Ever since NetherRealm Studios announced that Mortal Kombat X would feature three variations of each playable character, series co-creator Ed Boon has been talking about the strategic counter-pick opportunities made possible by the game system.

"I do think the character variations are going to be a big thing, I do feel the Scorpion A versus Sub-Zero B versus Raiden C will add a lot to the mix," Ed Boon said in an interview with TRMK.

And it would indeed be a big deal -- a way bigger deal -- if there were actually some sort of play mode in the game that let players pick three different characters, King of Fighters style, to go up against their opponent's team of three.

You'd be able to pick all three variations of the same character, if you didn't want to memorize too many character move sets; or you could pick three completely different characters that could cover each other's bad match-ups.

That would make for very interesting fights. In fact, as it turns out, a 3on3 format is exactly how the game is going to be played at EVO 2015, according to eagle-eyed EventHubs reader n0thingman.

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4 'add-on' fighters set to appear in Mortal Kombat X; 'klassic kombatants to iconic guest characters' - Kollector's edition bundles detailed

Earlier today, Warner Bros. released the details on not one, not two, but four different Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition bundles. Those looking to snatch up some extra goodies along with NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighter have a variety of options to choose from.

There are two higher-end versions of the Kollector's Edition, both of which include a different statue of Scorpion. The second most expensive of the litter features a statue created by two designers that together go by the name of Coarse. The Coarse figure has it's own style to it, and those who purchase this edition will receive an in-game costume that reflects the look of the statue.

These Kollector's Editions come packed with a number of other things, including a comic book, a collectable case, and more. What peaked our interest the most, however, is the "Kombat Pack."

Check out the description below.

The Kombat Pack, which includes access to four add-on playable characters from Klassic Kombatants to Iconic guest characters.

That's right! It looks as though four DLC fighters are set to be added into Mortal Kombat X, some of which are "iconic guest characters." NRS' previous fighting game project, Injustice: Gods Among Us, allowed players to purchase a season pass, giving them access to four DLC characters at a discounted price. Chances are the Kombat Pack will work in the same vein.

Whether Goro is included in these "four add-on playable characters" or not is still yet to be determined. But we can conclude from this information that we'll at least see four DLC fighters enter the fray.

Hit the jump to check out a breakdown of each Kollector's Edition bundle.

Ermac's official Mortal Kombat X trailer in beautiful 60 FPS

The latest Mortal Kombat X character, Ermac, was revealed during the first Kombat Kast live stream of the year that took place last week.

We saw much of what the returning ninja is capable of during the stream, and the video quality, though good, was still that of what you'd expect from a live broadcast. So, today we share with you a YouTube upload of Ermac's official trailer running in crisp 60 FPS.

Needless to say, the footage looks amazing.

Be sure to check out the latest MKX character reveal trailer in which Ermac and Sub-Zero do battle after the jump.

Want to see Ermac telekenitically pull Sub Zero's head off, insert it into his chest cavity and then rip it out through his stomach? We thought so...

One of the most iconic and defining parts of Mortal Kombat's legacy is it's inclusion of the brutal, gory, ruthless fatality.

Often times, the natural progression of thought when it comes to a new MK game is first, "Who is in the game?" and second, "What do their fatalities look like?"

With the recent announcement for Ermac as a playable character, we got to see the developers play around with him for a good hour or so. If you didn't watch the whole stream, you may have missed his telekinetic head-rip fatality.

Never fear! We have it for you right here to see in all it's gory glory. If you're eating, finish and then click the thumbnail below to check it out!

Update! The Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown! Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski to face off in Mortal Kombat X! See the full segment here!

Update: We've added the full video of last night's showdown between the two NFL superstars.

Marshawn Lynch admits he's a button masher! Conan ends up on a fetal position on the floor after watching Quan Chi's fatality.

This is a very entertaining 11 minutes of trash talk, gore and skittles. In the end, only one player can take home the Conan O'Brien MK Superbowl trophy.

Earlier: For those of you who didn't know, this Sunday will see the Patriots and Seahawks square off in Superbowl XLIX.

We have news of something MUCH more exciting that will take place tonight between Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch and Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski.

They'll be facing off on Conan's occasional 'Clueless Gamer' segment. In the past, Conan has featured upcoming games such as Smash 4 and WWE 2014.

You can tune in tonight to TBS at 11/10c to see 'Beast Mode' and 'Gronk' hit the sticks with Conan O'Brien. Hit the jump and check out the preview now!

Ermac's human pretzel; Kung Lao's hat check... check out these gruesome fatalities from Mortal Kombat X

With the reveal of Reptile two days ago and today's announcement on Ermac, it's been a huge news week for Mortal Kombat X.

During the stream today, we got to see some game play footage of characters old and new.

Amongst all this carnage, we got to see one of Kung Lao's full fatalities as well as the beginnings of one of Ermac's.

We've put both of these finishers into convenient gifs so you can watch the gore on repeat! Hit the jump and check em' out!

Ermac confirmed playable in Mortal Kombat X

The Kombat Kast live stream has just revealed Ermac as the next playable character in Mortal Kombat X.

You can check out a screenshot of him in-game below.

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Hit the jump to check out the official Ermac trailer.

Mortal Kombat X character reveal stream archive

Updated: A stream archive has been added to this story.

Earlier: The NetherRealm Studios team are back with the second installment of their Kombat Kast live stream.

Today's broadcast promises to reveal another character in NRS' upcoming fighter, Mortal Kombat X. If you find yourself wondering "who's next?" you may want to tune in.

Additionally, we can expect to see a ton of new gameplay footage, and if Boon's hints have been any indication, a walkthrough of Kitana's (and hopefully Kung Lao's) variations.

The live stream will kick off 30 minutes from the time of writing this. Hit the jump for the live stream.

Ed Boon wants you to guess who the next Mortal Kombat X reveal is based on these hints - says Kiefer Sutherland has zero involvement in game

The master of obscure tweets has returned, as NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, left a couple of interesting things on his timeline today for Mortal Kombat X fans.

Most notably there's a video which has a fatality being performed with the screen completely dark, but you can hear all of the sound effects and screams, and many users have already begun to guess at who it could be.

The official reveal will happen tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST on the official NRS Twitch stream.

Boon also tweeted a picture of the late comedian, Bernie Mac, with a question mark, as another hint towards the reveal.

Lastly, Boon disconfirmed Kiefer Sutherland being involved in the new title, as the actor had previously said he was involved with the franchise.

Reptile revealed for Mortal Kombat X!

IGN has posted video depicting the newest MKX character, Reptile, in action!

Watch as he squares off against Kung Lao, showing off his X-ray, some special moves and the beginnings of a fatality!

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Hit the jump to see the game play trailer!

Frost fights Cassie Cage, Kotal Kahn seeks Sonya Blade's help to combat Mileena - Mortal Kombat X comics overview

Although there's still a couple of months to go before Mortal Kombat X (MKX) is released on all the major gaming platforms today, DC Comics has been working with the fine folks over at NetherRealm studios to publish a series of MKX comics that explores some of the events that took place between Mortal Kombat (2011) and the new game.

Currently the comic series is up to chapter four, and it has revealed that in the world of Mortal Kombat X, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage are both still alive.

In fact, Kotal Kahn has actually come to Earth seeking Colonel Sonya Blade's help (yep, she's a colonel now... why the heck did she end up with Johnny Cage?) to defeat Mileena over in Outworld.

MK series characters Fujin and Frost also makes appearances in the comic book series. For a more in-depth overview at what's happened in the series so far, check out Perfect Legend's video review of the series so far below.

Ed Boon's Magic 8 Ball - 'Two Mortal Kombat X character reveals next week? As I see it, yes...'

As we continue to eagerly await the release of Mortal Kombat X, Ed Boon and NeatherRealm Studios continually tease us with bits a pieces of information, one character at a time.

That is, until next week perhaps.

Ed Boon has been busy on his Twitter as of late, dropping lots of hints left and right.

We already know that something is planned, and that we'll likely find out for sure on NetherRealm Studios' live stream scheduled for January 29.

Hit the jump to see Boon's tweets!

More hints and/or a new Mortal Kombat X character reveal coming next week, Kitana's Variations to be shown off soon

NetherRealm Studios' own Ed Boon has been active on Twitter lately, as he usually is.

With the surge of Mortal Kombat X news that dropped last week, fans were left licking their lips, anxiously awaiting more. Boon has been addressing as many fan questions on social media as he can, and through this, we how have an idea of when we can expect more.

One Twitter user prompted the MK creator with the question, "when will you drop a hint on the next MKX character?" The response was vague, but certainly promising. "Next week is going to be a lot of fun," Boon replied.

We can hope that this means a new character will be revealed, but at the very least, we can expect a hint at who the next fighter is.

Hit the jump to see the tweet and read more.

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