June 15th, 2010
2:24 PM CST -
The day is just starting, E3 doors are about to open. The first sign of life today was NetherRealm Studios Community Manager Rigo Cortes on Twitter has been posting a few images today. The best is of the finished MK Theatre:



Also just a few minutes ago during Sony's E3 2010 Conference they announced Mortal Kombat will support the PS3's built in 3D mode when it's released. Here is a picture of the logo on screen at the conference.



Sony then followed this by showing Kung Lao's second Fatality in 3D. Updated: Added high quality video from GameTrailers. Skip to 2:00 for Fatality, quick bit of gameplay at the beginning.



Update 4:10pm: Also, Jeff Gerstmann from Giant Bomb reports that the button configuration is classic Mortal Kombat, except that "High/Low" is replaced with "Front/Rear" along with standard "Block" and no "Run" buttons.

Also, in watching the above trailer, we're exposed to the game's health meters and a mysterious "power meter" of some sort. There is a "X", "Lightning Bolt", and "S" across a gold power meter. When Sektor shoots twin missiles at Kung Lao, the meter displays the word "X-Ray" and the meter drains to the "Lightning Bolt" icon. Perhaps the "X-Ray" mode is the close up bone-breaking shots we saw in the first trailer. See the below screen capture.



Update 5:32pm: A blog posting on the Wild Gunmen features a multitude of details on what is being shown in the Mortal Kombat theater. They detail the "super meter" along with a brief description of Reptile and Sektor's fatalities along with TONS of pictures from the videos. Updated Also, the select screen features 26 slots in a 4 x 7 arrangement, with 8 characters displayed. The bottom row is made up of a Random Select square, two characters and one Downloadable Content placeholder. Therefore, the minimum number of characters will be 26 + DLC Characters. This is the E3 roster from left to right. Scorpion, Millena, Reptile, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Nightwolf, and Sektor. Here is the detail on the "super meter".

Level one makes whatever attack you’re pulling off stronger. Fireballs become larger, and attacks like Sektor’s teleport punch add another hit to the combo.

Level two is a combo-breaker – pretty basic, same stuff we’ve seen before.

Level three is the most exciting. Currently dubbed the x-ray attack, it’s a brutal attack that goes into an x-ray mode to show you what you’re doing. Like showing fingers penetrating the skull through the eyes, or breaking someones rubs. In Johnny Cage’s case, it’s the meat sack of the pelvis rupturing after his famous ball-buster.


Update 10:56pm: An interview with Ed Boon over at IGN has uncovered a few more details from the game. First off, the underlying game engine continues to be a "heavily modified version of the Unreal 3 engine" which runs at 60 frames per second, essentially an upgraded derivative of the engine Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe uses.

Secondly, online is planning to be a huge component of the game. Downloadable Content is being promised from the start, with "new characters, new backgrounds, new fatalities" coming out after the game's release. Online play will feature "the one on one combat quick match"; however, the big focus NetherRealm Studios will put towards "community play, where we get eight people together, they're all playing, everybody can participate and comment, and winner stays, loser pays." This feature sounds like a virtual arcade room with up to 8 players that can view matches while two players battle, which will bring back memories of those who played MK 1-3 in the arcades.

We also learn some of the storyline that the game will feature. Essentially the game will be a total re-envisioning of the first three games in the series.

We're also talking about a new take on the series' story. "Mortal Kombat has this timeline - eighteen years of making games, and we really didn't want to just continue, like, chapter seventeen of the whole story," says Ed Boon, the co-creator of the series. "So we're kind of doing a Back to the Future type of thing, where Raiden is about to be killed by Shao Kahn, and just before he delivers the last blow, he sends a mental message to his earlier self, so the camera rewinds back to Mortal Kombat 1. The Raiden from back then gets a message and he doesn't know what's going on, but he knows something bad's going to happen, and the game spans Mortal Kombat 1, 2 and 3, retelling the story with an enlightened Raiden, and he's changing the course of things, so everything you've seen happen before – Liu Kang winning, the guys turning into cybernetic ninjas, are changed around, so you might see a character become cybernetic who wasn't before, and so you see a different version [of events]."


On the subject of the game's roster, Boon mentions that the team is solely focused on characters from Mortal Kombat 1 through Mortal Kombat 3.

That's a recap of the day's events and stories. It has been quite the reveal, after so much uncertainty and silence. We will continue to keep an eye out for more stories as they come in. We'll have some more recaps and information from the show's floor along with various community thoughts and opinions.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



June 15th, 2010 2:27 PM CST - Tim Static
bleh @ Ps3 and the 3d stuff. I dont plan on buying a $3000 TV for 3d anytime soon anyways.
June 15th, 2010 2:35 PM CST - Umon Daisuke
That fatality was nice. The TV's start at $2000 or less actually from Samsung, but regardless, not interested until there is content AND it's auto (no glasses). Actually I'm lying.. not interested at all given my previous experiences with PC games.
June 15th, 2010 2:46 PM CST - Nasty_Freak
Yup I just saw that fatality earlier. I love it!!!
June 15th, 2010 2:54 PM CST - Nic-V
Saw the fatality on Gametrailers live stream. It's extremely cool!
June 15th, 2010 2:59 PM CST - Tim Static
Originally Posted by : Umon Daisuke
That fatality was nice. The TV's start at $2000 or less actually from Samsung, but regardless, not interested until there is content AND it's auto (no glasses). Actually I'm lying.. not interested at all given my previous experiences with PC games.
The cheapest one worth putting that much money into it was $3000 all is well. i got a nice 46" LED @ $1000 lol
June 15th, 2010 3:57 PM CST - Fayte
not bad not bad whudda looked cooler if he really had to slice thru the body bones n organs slower
June 15th, 2010 4:15 PM CST - Umon Daisuke
MK was certainly shown and mentioned repeatedly during Sony's conference. Seems that Sektor's flame thrower is a standard move in the game (I haven't played any of of the game much since MKD so I don't know if it was a move in MKA as well).
Originally Posted by : Tim Static
all is well. i got a nice 46" LED @ $1000 lol
Nice. My current TV's equivalent 3D iteration is $2600 basically without the glasses. Fools gold would probably describe early adopters for the most part, and it rings true of 3D. Auto stereoscopic akin the 3DS can't be far if the technology finds a place in the home theatre market.
June 15th, 2010 4:52 PM CST - DCR
The classic button layout is coming back too? That's awesome. I don't understand the use of front/rear over high/low (didn't BloodStorm label its attacks that way?), but still, it's nice not just having attacks 1-4.
June 15th, 2010 5:06 PM CST - Eks
No Run button means there's gonna be a dash mechanic. That does not bode well. I'm also curious about the bars at the bottom....
June 15th, 2010 5:09 PM CST - buffduffdan
Brilliant fatality :D Can't see myself owning a 3D TV for a long time but it's nice that MK is supporting it anyway!! As for the X-Ray bar at the bottom, I'd think it must be to do with the footage from the trailer where the camera shows you the bones breaking, etc. Maybe it's a kind of "klose-kombat" which you have to build up towards - a similar style mode from MK vs DC? Could be that like the Rage system from that game, you can use it for something else once it's half-filled (a better special move perhaps, as Sektor fires 2 missiles)
June 15th, 2010 5:29 PM CST - Tim Static
June 15th, 2010 5:42 PM CST - reptilesmile

June 15th, 2010 5:46 PM CST - Jinko
Can someone please quote the whole article along with the pictures? That site is so slow for me.
June 15th, 2010 5:58 PM CST - DCR
The text:
Holy crap does that ever look brutal.
June 15th, 2010 6:00 PM CST - Jinko
Pat, it looks like there's more than 16 characters to choose from. I don't think he took a picture of the whole screen. And thanks guys.
June 15th, 2010 6:03 PM CST - Fayte
Originally Posted by : reptilesmile
props to this guy http://insidemk.altervista.org/zenphoto/mortal-kombat-2011/E32010/
WOW!!!!!!!! remind me never to f**k with Johnny Cage!!
June 15th, 2010 6:05 PM CST - DCR
Originally Posted by : Jinko
Pat, it looks like there's more than 16 characters to choose from. I don't think he took a picture of the whole screen.
I think you're right. It looks like there's at least one more row of characters. Also: Must change pants.
June 15th, 2010 6:34 PM CST - Jeff Greeson
Updated with more info from sources: Character count is 26 + Random Select and DLC Select squares.
June 15th, 2010 6:35 PM CST - Jinko
Where did you get the new Character Select Screen info?
June 15th, 2010 6:39 PM CST - Eks
Originally Posted by : DeathcoreRyknow
The text: Holy crap does that ever look brutal.
Almost brings a tear to my eyes. I actually like the sound of the new meter. I don't want SF style supers, but that sounds like a cool new element. Perhaps they'll implement the button codes to remove it as desired. I still want to see longer game play videos! Aside from that, all of the new details sound excellent. With Reptile's vomit fatality, I can see why Boon was thinking they might've crossed a line. Now we can go back to speculating who the other 12 18 characters will (not) be.
June 15th, 2010 6:54 PM CST - Fayte
yeah me too dude I want to see a complete 3 round fight
June 15th, 2010 7:05 PM CST - Jeff Greeson
Originally Posted by : Jinko
Where did you get the new Character Select Screen info?
We got it from an e-mail from a source that is at E3.
June 15th, 2010 7:10 PM CST - Fayte
fingers crossed for Milennas Fatality tomorrow.....
June 15th, 2010 7:47 PM CST - Kurtis Stryker
Wow. Just, wow. This game looks even better than I initially thought. March isn't coming quick enough. Very curious about the DLC.
June 15th, 2010 7:56 PM CST - Eks
Originally Posted by : Kurtis Stryker
Wow. Just, wow. This game looks even better than I initially thought. March isn't coming quick enough. Very curious about the DLC.
Are you... actually starting to like it? Haha.
June 15th, 2010 8:02 PM CST - Nasty_Freak
Oh YES!!!!!! This game will have special meters to to make the characters stronger. Now how cool is that? Now, I want to see who the next set of characters will be and I still want to see Mileena's fatality. Kung Lao's fatalities are my favorites so far in the game based on what I saw. I hope Mileena and other of my favorite characters can pull off fatalities that are as nasty as that. I definitely need to start playing as Kung Lao. @Fayte: I'm crossing my fingers for Mileena's fatality too.
June 15th, 2010 8:11 PM CST - reptilesmile
yea mileena's should be gruesome, im lovin reptiles acid fatality
June 15th, 2010 8:16 PM CST - Nasty_Freak
Originally Posted by : reptilesmile
yea mileena's should be gruesome, im lovin reptiles acid fatality
Oh yeah! Mileena's fatality should be sexy too. Reptile's is also COOOOOOL!!! I's want Khameleon to do something similar to that but she should French Kiss the victim while puking out acid.
June 15th, 2010 8:28 PM CST - Kamal
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/109/1098513p1.html IGN's preview of Mortal Kombat. They include details on the "Back to the Future"-esque story. Sounds kind of badass in my opinion! Definitely didn't expect the story would be like they describe!!!
June 15th, 2010 8:53 PM CST - Nasty_Freak
Originally Posted by : Kamal
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/109/1098513p1.html IGN's preview of Mortal Kombat. They include details on the "Back to the Future"-esque story. Sounds kind of badass in my opinion! Definitely didn't expect the story would be like they describe!!!
Oh this is very good!!!
June 15th, 2010 9:02 PM CST - reptilesmile
^ yea and it says mileen rips off the head then drinks the blood
June 15th, 2010 9:45 PM CST - Kurtis Stryker
Originally Posted by : Eks
Are you... actually starting to like it? Haha.
Well, I never said that I wouldn't like the actual game; I am very interested in the Konquest, tag Kombat, online play and the downloadable content. Sure, I really hate the poor excuse for a story, and I hate that we're getting a boring rehash of the same 'ol characters (did we really need Nightwolf again?). But, the graphics and game play looks pretty amazing. If team MK keeps up with it, and provides DLC on a regular basis, then it should definitely keep me interested a lot longer than MK vs. DCU.
June 15th, 2010 10:37 PM CST - Eks
About that.... I'm not feeling the story at all, either. It's obviously just an excuse to ignore characters from the last 6 games. But for me, that's fine as long as the gameplay kicks ass.
June 15th, 2010 11:23 PM CST - Jade
Can't wait for this, it looks so damn awesome.
June 16th, 2010 1:18 AM CST - IceMaster
As much of a stickler for story as I always was with MK, I actually like this idea. I like it better than an all out reboot that just ignores all the other games altogether but I guess it depends how you look at it. Then again, maybe it's the nostagia-seeking part of me that really likes a return to the MK1-3 time frame (or MKT remake), so I'm probably just rationalizing that.
June 16th, 2010 2:26 AM CST - Goraka
It's going to be a long 9 months.
June 16th, 2010 3:12 AM CST - whtillnvrb
"The select screen features 26 slots in a 4 x 7 arrangement, with 8 characters displayed. The bottom row is made up of a Random Select square, two characters and one Downloadable Content placeholder. Therefore, the minimum number of characters will be 26 + DLC Characters." Konfirmed Characters 1. Johnny Cage 2. Kung Lao 3. Mileena 4. Nightwolf 5. Reptile 6. Scorpion 7. Sektor 8. Sub-Zero Unkonfirmed Characters from Mortal Kombat Trilogy or the 1-3 (in my opinion from most likely to unlikely) 9. Raiden 10. Liu Kang 11. Shang Tsung 12. Baraka 13. Jax 14. Sonya 15. Kitana 16. Kano 17. Cyrax 18. Kabal 19. Sindel 20. Jade 21. Ermac 22. Noob Saibot 23. Sheeva 24. Stryker 25. Smoke 26. Rain That puts at the 26 but I say the bottom 2 slots could be bosses 27. Goro 28. Shao Kahn 29. Kintaro 30. Motaro And although they said the first 3 I wouldn't rule out Quan Chi Thats all of them but I think some of the top 26 wont make it Maybe some new characters?
June 16th, 2010 4:02 AM CST - The Cursed
I doubt new characters based on Ed's description of the storyline. Unless, by Raiden altering the old timeline, it causes new people to get involved. One thing whtillnvrb said got me to thinking about DLC... I definitely rule out Quan Chi as a main character on the 26 person roster, but remember when Ed and team released pics of Quan Chi as DLC for MK vs DC? They didn't release/complete that DLC due to the legal issues surrounding Midway's demise, but it certainly opens the door for potentially releasing him as DLC for this game considering they already have some rendering/design work done for that character.
June 16th, 2010 4:14 AM CST - Goraka
Anyone manage to get any images of Scorpion besides the character select screen?
June 16th, 2010 5:28 AM CST - DCR
Aha! I finally stumbled upon a picture of Mr. Hasashi:
June 16th, 2010 5:38 AM CST - Angel
After seeing the pictures a second time, I'm going to now sit in the corner of the forum and cry because of my brother bought a wii instead of another console...
June 16th, 2010 7:46 AM CST - Jinko
They look really similar to the MKvsDCU costumes. But Scorpion has swords now! Angel, sell everything you have! You must get this game!
June 16th, 2010 8:18 AM CST - Nic-V
I like the storyline idea and how it doesn't ignore the old series but still reboots it. Well thought out!
June 16th, 2010 9:51 AM CST - reptilesmile
Originally Posted by : Jinko
Angel, sell everything you have! You must get this game!
im in the same boat. i have a ps3, but i got about nine months to get an hd tv, should be no problem, and we should have our tax returns by then, oh yea
June 16th, 2010 11:38 AM CST - Spitfire
damn....thats all players care about is fatalities and gimmicks.....no wonder y mk hasnt seen a major tournament entry....
June 16th, 2010 12:12 PM CST - mdsfx
^ I agree. I had few positive things to say about everything after UMK3. Game-play became sluggish, slow, and MK fans started feverishly consuming quantity instead of asking for quality. I'd rather have a 12-fighter roster with fast-paced and well-balanced gameplay than 36 fighters quickly thrown together with preset combos and the kreat-a-krap that gets in the way.
June 16th, 2010 2:12 PM CST - Fayte
Originally Posted by : mdsfx
^ I agree. I had few positive things to say about everything after UMK3. Game-play became sluggish, slow, and MK fans started feverishly consuming quantity instead of asking for quality. I'd rather have a 12-fighter roster with fast-paced and well-balanced gameplay than 36 fighters quickly thrown together with preset combos and the kreat-a-krap that gets in the way.
I think most mk fans whud agree with u tho but theres no denying the fatalities was and has always been a HUGE part of MK success....
June 16th, 2010 2:39 PM CST - Kurtis Stryker
MKII and 3 were pretty unbalanced.
June 16th, 2010 2:56 PM CST - perre0g1
i can't wait to play the team mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 16th, 2010 6:00 PM CST - mdsfx
Originally Posted by : Fayte
I think most mk fans whud agree with u tho but theres no denying the fatalities was and has always been a HUGE part of MK success....
Originally Posted by : Kurtis Stryker
MKII and 3 were pretty unbalanced.
I didn't say MK2 & 3 were balanced. I agree with you there. And yes, fatalities are a HUGE part of MK. Wouldn't be MK without them. But character creation in a competitive fighting game (if that's what they're going for) usually creates HUGE imbalances, and a lack of appreciation for the characters that were created for the game (in my opinion). Then there is Konquest mode which, to me, isn't what I want in a fighting game. If I want an RPG or action game, that's what I'll buy. That's not to say it isn't worth trying to create other modes, but that one just didn't cut it for me. Funny enough, I enjoyed puzzle kombat with my friends.
June 16th, 2010 7:30 PM CST - DarkSideOfTheMoon
Okay wheres the day 2 mortal kombat at E3, LETS GO KEEP THIS UP TO DATE!
June 16th, 2010 9:39 PM CST - mdsfx
Video of gameplay + fatalities from inside the MK Theater: http://screwattack.com/videos/Hands-On-Mortal-Kombat If this was already posted, I apologize.
June 17th, 2010 12:02 AM CST - mdsfx
Posted by Ed:
June 17th, 2010 12:13 AM CST - Patrick McCarron
Day 2 is coming, I've been busy today so didn't get around to it.
June 17th, 2010 12:30 AM CST - xXRainXx
Is Liu Kang going to be in this? It'd be kinda weird if he wasn't.
June 17th, 2010 1:58 AM CST - daryui
Looking forward to Co-op Arcade Mode and Story Mode. I love the character select screen (my most favorite thing about a fighting game). Hoping for Raiden and Kabal and maybe Liu Kang.
June 17th, 2010 2:45 AM CST - xXRainXx
Originally Posted by : daryui
Looking forward to Co-op Arcade Mode and Story Mode. I love the character select screen (my most favorite thing about a fighting game). Hoping for Raiden and Kabal and maybe Liu Kang.
What do you mean hoping for Raiden!? Your avatar is Raiden in MK9.
June 17th, 2010 3:23 AM CST - Eks
It's pretty obvious that all 3 will be back.
June 17th, 2010 3:24 AM CST - squirrelpion
my mind has officially been blow and kut in half! the only thing that would make me even more crazy would be an x-ray fatality. when are they going to let us see the game in action? where is day 2 already?
June 17th, 2010 3:42 AM CST - Eks
Want. Ed said he felt bad that people had to wait so long. Yeah right. It's too bad they could run a 24 hour showing.
June 17th, 2010 11:28 AM CST - Patrick McCarron
There really isn't too much on each new day, my next posting will be a recap of the other things from around the web. I had it written, but then my internet went out last night. I'll finish it today.
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