News: NetherRealm studios and WB Interactive have released a new trailer for their upcoming fighter, Mortal Kombat X and this time its not about unveiling another character or showing off a sick new Fatality. This trailer discusses some of the new modes that players can expect to partake in, including Factions and Living Towers.
Thoughts: I have been an avid Mortal Kombat fan since the original first graced arcades in the early 90’s. I followed the series through every console I owned and continued to purchase even during the lukewarm Xbox and PS2 days with Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Armageddon. After a bleak period of years with poor representations of Mortal Kombat I was thrilled when the reboot, simply titled Mortal Kombat, released on the 360 and PS3 and returned the series to greatness.
Now NetherRealm have been slowly unveiling new characters over the last year leading up to the release of Mortal Kombat X in April but what hasn’t been shown or talked about are the various ways in which fans will be interacting with the game. What types of features would be returning to the title? Its already known that NetherRealm will continue with their great interpretation of a Story Mode with MKX, after the one in Mortal Kombat was so highly praised and that pedigree continued with Injustice’s well received story. But besides Story mode, what else would be on offer?
Well this latest developer commentary has pulled the curtain away revealing some of the goodies fans can expect, and it all sounds great so far. Besides typical Story and One Vs One battles, there will be a Factions Mode that will be brought up the moment you hit Start. Players will be tasked with choosing between one of five allegiances, each based around an organization that has been heavily featured in past MK games. Black Dragon, The Brotherhood of Shadow, Lin Kuei, Special Forces and The White Lotus. Once you make a choice you will be partnered with other gamers that chose that Faction and every task you complete in the game, whether going one on one against the computer or moving up the challenge towers, will benefit your Faction and improve your rank, unlocking bonus content in the process.
Besides Factions the team also speaks about the return of Challenge Towers, or “Living Towers” as they are now referred to. The Challenge Towers now come in three flavors, Quick, Daily and Premier with the obstacles that the Towers present changing and evolving in real time so that players always have something new to complete and content that always feels fresh. On top of this King of the Hill, Survivor Mode and Test Your Luck will be returning while hints of Tag Battle were also teased.
While the glimpses of features and modes in the trailer were primarily based around what single player content there will be for fans, there is no doubt more to show off on the competitive side of things with online being a huge component for fighting games and their longevity. NetherRealm Studios have been a unique studio in the fighting game space, as they have always tried to provide plenty of content for the solo fan, an area most titles, such as Street Fighter, overlook while they favor the Tournament and Online scenes. While i enjoy fighting games, and MK in particular, I rarely play competitively online and so I love this focus on the single player side of things.
Mortal Kombat continues to look great and I am extremely excited to get my hands on the game when it launches on April 14, 2015.