Mortal Kombat X (pronounced “ex”) is an upcoming fighting video game currently in development by NetherRealm Studios. It is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat series (“X” being the Roman numeral for ten, despite the phonetic pronunciation). The game is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, and will be ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by High Voltage Software at a later date. NetherRealm’s mobile team is developing a mobile version for iOS and Android devices.
Like previous entries in the series, Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game in which two players fight against each other using a variety of attacks, special moves, and gruesome Fatalities. The energy meter, first introduced in the previous Mortal Kombat game, allows players to perform techniques such as “X-Ray” special moves. Similarly to NetherRealm Studios’ previous title, Injustice: Gods Among Us, fighters are able to interact with the environment, bouncing off areas to reposition themselves or using parts of the environment as weapons. In addition, each fighter has three different variations, each featuring a different set of moves they can use during the fight. For example, the character Scorpion features a “Ninjutsu” variation in which he wields dual swords, a “Hellfire” variation which relies more on fiery special moves, and an “Inferno” variation which allows him to summon hellspawn minions to aid him in the fight. “Brutality” finishing moves are to make a comeback from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in the form of enhanced versions of certain moves that are triggered when they are used to give the opponent the last attack in a round. The sprint gauge, which was last seen in Mortal Kombat 4/Gold, returns in this game. This game will also feature two new types of finisher: firstly, “Quitality”, which will instantly kill a player’s character if they quit during a multiplayer match; also, the game will incorporate Faction Kills, finishing moves tied to each of the game’s five factions.
The game’s modes are to include “Story”, “1 vs. 1 Ranked”, “King of the Hill”, “Survivor”, and “Test Your Luck”. A new addition called “Living Towers” is an evolved form of Mortal Kombat’s “Challenge Tower” where the play conditions will be changing every hour. Another new mode is “Faction Wars”, where the players will have to choose one from the five factions (Black Dragon, the Brotherhood of Shadow, the Lin Kuei, Special Forces, and White Lotus) to align with and join a persistent online cross-platform competition with the others, winning points for their faction to contribute in the conflict between them, ranking up personally, and earning special rewards such as faction-specific finishing moves if the player’s faction win at the end of any given week.