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What Is This Mortal Kombat Video?

It kind of has to be for the game, doesn't it?

It's too well-made to be a fan project. And if it was for a movie, the film industry's trade press would have surely picked up some word on the project being greenlit already, right?

You're not going to go out and get Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan, and an effing helicopter for your fan-made fight scene. And you're not going to go into elaborate, gruesome detail on the new origins of Baraka and Reptile if you're making a movie--those characters aren't major enough to build a film tease around, right?

With that in mind, doesn't this movie sort of have to be a teaser trailer for the game we currently know as Mortal Kombat 9?
  

  
The video popped up on YouTube, attributed to an account named MortalKombatRebirth. From there, it was picked up by Kotaku, where we spotted it this morning and have been talking about it internally for the past few hours. (Some of that discussion will hit the site in video form later today.)

 Sub-Zero?
Considering that what little bits and pieces we've seen on the upcoming Mortal Kombat's tone (dark!), this messed-up video makes a whole lot of sense. It's also a decidedly different direction for the series. You'll notice that it doesn't even get into any mystical realms like "Outworld." It's just some horrifically mangled (but still somehow human) monsters, some cops, and some kind of ninja assassin with crazy eyes. No four-armed shokan from another dimension, no fireballs, no magic, no thunder god... yet.

From here, this looks like a full-on reboot of the Mortal Kombat mythology, and none of the characters shown debuted any later than MK2. I think that means there's a low chance of seeing lame mid-period MK characters like Quan Chi pop up in this, which is sort of automatically a good thing.

A big reboot of the franchise requires something disruptive and a video like this, well-made and slipped out the week before E3, seems to be doing exactly that. Now we'll just have to wait until the show starts and see what pops up. 
 
[UPDATE] Weirdly enough, it looks like this image of the "new" Sub-Zero has been kicking around for over a year now. Reader ZmillA threw up a link to ZBrushCentral, a forum devoted to a "digital sculpting and painting program" called ZBrush. The following image was posted by a user named Food back in March 2009: 

Weird, right? Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

It's too well-made to be a fan project. And if it was for a movie, the film industry's trade press would have surely picked up some word on the project being greenlit already, right?

You're not going to go out and get Michael Jai White, Jeri Ryan, and an effing helicopter for your fan-made fight scene. And you're not going to go into elaborate, gruesome detail on the new origins of Baraka and Reptile if you're making a movie--those characters aren't major enough to build a film tease around, right?

With that in mind, doesn't this movie sort of have to be a teaser trailer for the game we currently know as Mortal Kombat 9?
  

  
The video popped up on YouTube, attributed to an account named MortalKombatRebirth. From there, it was picked up by Kotaku, where we spotted it this morning and have been talking about it internally for the past few hours. (Some of that discussion will hit the site in video form later today.)

 Sub-Zero?
Considering that what little bits and pieces we've seen on the upcoming Mortal Kombat's tone (dark!), this messed-up video makes a whole lot of sense. It's also a decidedly different direction for the series. You'll notice that it doesn't even get into any mystical realms like "Outworld." It's just some horrifically mangled (but still somehow human) monsters, some cops, and some kind of ninja assassin with crazy eyes. No four-armed shokan from another dimension, no fireballs, no magic, no thunder god... yet.

From here, this looks like a full-on reboot of the Mortal Kombat mythology, and none of the characters shown debuted any later than MK2. I think that means there's a low chance of seeing lame mid-period MK characters like Quan Chi pop up in this, which is sort of automatically a good thing.

A big reboot of the franchise requires something disruptive and a video like this, well-made and slipped out the week before E3, seems to be doing exactly that. Now we'll just have to wait until the show starts and see what pops up. 
 
[UPDATE] Weirdly enough, it looks like this image of the "new" Sub-Zero has been kicking around for over a year now. Reader ZmillA threw up a link to ZBrushCentral, a forum devoted to a "digital sculpting and painting program" called ZBrush. The following image was posted by a user named Food back in March 2009: 

Weird, right?
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Posted by Jeff

ROCK IT REAL?

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Edited by Tirrandir

Yes!  I'm very excited for this. Though the lack of Goro (probably) would make me sad.

Posted by ElegantRuby
@Jeff: Rock It Riot?
Posted by Homeslice

Mmmm......tasty.....
 
Toasty......

Posted by Gizmo

Maybe the game will be a tie-in featuring clips from the film?

Posted by Milkman

Ed Boon always rocks it real.

Posted by XenoNick

LOOKS AWSOME!!!!

Posted by Warchief

all i know is that its fucking awesome. 

Posted by fwylo

Discussion video! 
 
I want a good game, and a good movie.  So I'd welcome either of the ideas openly as changing either of the series would be the only way to have it sell well.  I think it would be a great idea for a movie to make it somewhat realistic as it looks like they are doing.  With a teaser such as this it could be grabbing the attention of the people who actually care about a Mortal Kombat movie before grabbing the attention of people who just want to see an action flick. 
 
Though you're right about the film industry probably catching wind of this quite a while ago if it was a movie.

Posted by TheLegendofLuke

I really hope this is a film and that the realism shown in this is just to throw us off so that when(if) it's released, it is fucking crazy.

Posted by pbhawks45

I'm not even a big MK fan, and I was very impressed. Anything can look good when it's in small doses. The question is whether it can be entertaining and well-made for the entire 90 minutes.

Posted by MysteriousBob

I just want it to play well. 
 
I still think Jeff was on some kind of illicit drug when he gave MKvsDC a perfect score. That gameplay engine had potential but the timing was way too damn strict and not enough moves cancelled into each other.

Posted by Rhaknar

like Jeff said, if this was a movie most major movie sites (aint it cool news for example) would have been reporting on it for ages. common sense people, its for a new MK game, Warner Bros already used live action trailers for FEAR 3

Posted by V

it definitely looks promising, at least in the early stages...

Posted by OmegaPirate
Posted by ozzdog12

I literally came everywhere...this mess is going to take awhile to clean up........
Mortal Kombat is my favorite franchise and this is what it needed...

Posted by Victor018

This reminds me of DragonBall Evolution.

Posted by dwil83

why does this article have the old video player?

Posted by monster9999

Wow no noob saibot lol no but seriously this could be crazy

Posted by LiquidSwords

Oh me! Oh My! Can't wait to see what else is going to show up until it's release!

Posted by Jaqen_HGhar

This is frikkin' awesome. Never been that into fighting games, because I suck at them. But I will have to follow this.

Posted by ztiworoh

  The whole Reptile angle of having Harlequin Ichthyosis is creepy if you've ever seen people with the actual condition - I'd resist google image searching if if at all possible.

Posted by InFamous91
@Victor018 said:
" This reminds me of DragonBall Evolution. "
lmao really? 
 
Great video, especially for the long time MK fans. 
Edited by gloodaa

now i haven't played any of the Mortal Kombat games, but this video makes me so pumped about that series i even caught myself yelling F*** YES as it ended. But who wouldn't with such a kick-ass line in the end? :D and yes ROCK IT REAL!!!

Posted by TigerClaw

Its like they are doing the Dark Knight approach, And what I mean by that, It's a more realistic take on Mortal Kombat

Posted by Ghost_of_Perdition

I really like the direction they're going in. Also, Ed Boon needs to come back to the Bombcast.

Posted by schizogony

I'll take Paul W.S. Anderson over this.

Posted by ThePwnee

Holy shit

Posted by Vod_Crack

That Sub-Zero looks like a Strogg.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut

Hey it's Seven of Nine from Star Trek!

Posted by suicidesnowman

That trailer is exactly how one should "re-imagine" a franchise. Whether this is a game, movie or both, count me in.

Posted by Dany
Posted by Elite_Jason

I like this direction. It reminds me of the Twisted Metal Black story sequences which I really liked. I'll always enjoy the crazy stuff that Mortal Kombat used to be, but this new perspective is really interesting.

Edited by Gabriel
Posted by kratos

Got to say I totally want this to be a movie

Posted by BlackIrish05
Posted by Shaunage

I don't think this is for a game. That looks like a pretty well made movie to me. Who has been sneakily working on a Mortal Kombat movie?

Posted by RichardLOlson

Big question marks arise when I keep watching this video.  I wonder what its about.  Something tells me its a teaser for the MK game.

Posted by dvorak

This looks potentially amazing. I going to call it now. 
 
This is the intro to the game, and it will have story driven first person fights, a la Riddick.

Posted by XenoNick
@Vod_Crack said:
" That Sub-Zero looks like a Strogg. "
I knew he reminded me of something like that.
Posted by AndrooD2

That was goddamn amazing. MK vs DC's story mode was pretty engaging if not ridiculous. It could be pretty cool to play a gritty, crime-drama-ish, story-based fighting game. Color me intrigued.

Posted by Superfriend

Holy Crap! If this is how they announce the game it has to be super high budget, right??

Posted by RE_Player1

This looks stupid, my opinion of course.

Posted by MadThad0890

OOOOOOOOOOOOO I GET IT JACKS...ON ITS JACKS!!!

Posted by Endure

MMMMMM....Joygasm!  Get over here!!!  If it is a movie though, I'm sooooo down already!  

Posted by jNerd

OH MY GOD!!!

This is what I've been waiting for all of my life!!! Ed Boon is a GENIUS!!!!! 

Sub-Zero is going to OWN Scorpion, no contest.
Posted by bluephoenixmedia

seems like a movie / game tie in

Edited by XenoNick
@BlackIrish05 said:

" Well this may be an odd tweet from Ed Boon. 
 
http://twitter.com/NOOBDE "

This basically proves this was meant to be relased now. Not leaked etc
Posted by delicious_lie

ho. ly. shit.
that looks amazing.
i have basically 0 understanding of the MK mythos, and basically 0 interest in fighting games in general, but that looks fucking amazing, and whatever comes out of it i will support just to get more awesome shit like this some day.