Guest Writer, from Books N’ Such: Nathan Troy
Last June Kevin Tacharoen released Mortal Kombat: Rebirth on YouTube. Initially there was some confusion as to whether or not it was a marketing ploy designed to promote a new film or video game. Turns out the short film was actually made to sell Warner Bros. on his vision for a re-imagined Mortal Kombat movie.
‘Rebirth’ blew up on YouTube leaving many fans wondering when they would see this fresh take on one of the most popular fighting game franchises in theaters.
Well, it may not be that far away. Warner Bros. has hired director Tancharoen to produce ten web episodes of Mortal Kombat which may lead the way for a new movie. The web series will be based on Tancharoens short film Rebirth, but it will expand on the idea by adding some of the more familiar fantasy elements found in the video game series.
The series will be released April 12th on the Machinima YouTube Channel.
The following week on April 19th the new Mortal Kombat video game will be released for the XBOX 360 and PS3.
Personally Mortal Kombat was one of my favorite games growing up. I use to play it all the time on my Sega Game Gear.
Now for those of you not in the know, Mortal Kombat was originally going to be a game based on Jean-Claude Van Damme. However that idea fell through and the Mortal Kombat we all know and love was born. The creators did end up basing the character Johnny Cage on Jean-Claude Van Damme though.
The original Mortal Kombat video game debuted in 1992 and has since spawned eight sequels to date. GamePro has stated that Mortal Kombat II was:
“Arguably the best Western fighting game to date, and certainly the title that defined Mortal Kombat as a brand, this game launched a thousand imitators en route to becoming one of the most famous — and infamous — video games ever made. Its technical and artistic mastery is only matched by its gushing gore.”
It is because of Mortal Kombat and the massive amount of gore and death that we now have the ESRB to tell us if a game is safe for children to play.
So allow me to say that I for one was very excited to see that with the ninth installment of the series, Mortal Kombat has gone back to its 2D fighter roots. But the characters will still be rendered in 3D giving the game a 2.5D appearance.
It has been announced that there will be various game modes including Online Mode, the Tag team fighting mode, the Challenge Tower and a Fatality Training mode. A four player tag team feature will be completely new to the franchise allowing two players to team up and assist each other in tag team matches. To date twenty six playable characters have been revealed, along with two characters available for DLC.