Mortal Kombat grabs the attention of the gaming world

11 06 2010

The renowned fighting game Mortal Kombat has resurged in popularity this week due to two newly-released clips regarding the game and its respective characters.

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth clip stunned fans

First to release on Tuesday, was a live-action web clip that debuted on Youtube and stirred up a frenzy of speculations, accolades, and distaste.

The seven minute-long clip dubbed Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (posted above), which has already racked up over 2 million views upon writing this post, depicts a city ravaged by crime and murder and a police force at wits end in trying to stop it all.

Ian Anthony Dale plays the inmate Hanzo Hasashi (a.k.a. Scorpion) in the clip.

The chief detective on the city’s police force Jackson Briggs (played by Michael Jai White) explains to an inmate, Hanzo Hasashi a.k.a Scorpion (played by Ian Anthony Dale), about several distasteful murderers in the city that will be competing at an underground tournament and the clip takes off from there.

The video features interesting depictions of characters such as Baraka and Reptile, as they are applied to real life situations (such as Reptile suffering from a skin disorder and Baraka surgically enhancing blades into his arms), as well as an intense fight scene between Baraka and Johnny Cage (played by Matt Mullins).

After much discussion, arguement, and speculation by fans, it has been confirmed by Game Informer that the clip was a sort of ‘experiment’ done by the video’s director, Kevin Tancharoen, to pitch a re-envisioned Mortal Kombat movie to Warner Brothers.

A shot of Sub-Zero re-envisioned in Tancharoen's teaser clip.

Tancharoen later commented in an interview with collider.com that he wishes to work on the Mortal Kombat movie if possible or possibly release extra behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of the clip to the public.

Mortal Kombat 9 brings back the oldschool

Later on in the week, a brand new trailer accompanied the unveiling of the latest iteration of the MK series called plainly Mortal Kombat (although most fans are referring to it as Mortal Kombat 9).

The trailer (posted above) was released on Thursday and showed a collection of characters fighting on a two-dimensional plane, as per the original games, and participating in tag-team matches.

Shao Khan is featured in the cinematic part of the trailer facing off against Raiden.

Characters such as Sub-Zero, Raiden, Sektor, Mileena, Johnny Cage, Reptile and Kung Lao are shown as confirmed playable characters, as well as a particularly entertaining fatality performed by Kung Lao.

This marks the first Mortal Kombat title produced by the NetherRealm Studios team (the same production team from Midway Games) since the company filed for bankruptcy in early 2009 and was bought out by Warner Brothers.

The game itself is slated for a release in early 2011.

                                                                  
So it seems that Mortal Kombat is taking two different directions, hearkening back to its roots and exploring new ground on old concepts. What do you guys think of these MK endeavors? Post a comment below and be heard!

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