The Mortal Kombat Team Has A New Fighting Game

Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -

Those guys across the hall at GameSpot are exclusively reporting that the next game from NetherRealm, the creators of Mortal Kombat, is a 2D fighting game called Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game will feature characters from the DC universe, such as Batman, Flash, Solomon Grundy, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Superman, and more.

Here's the debut trailer, which delivers a whole bunch of CG... and some bits that actually happen during the game, like Superman's super, which cashes in your meter for an atmospheric uppercut.

The game appears to play in the Mortal Kombat style, with plenty of juggles and combos, but will have a different set of controls that are built to take advantage of the game's increased focus on interactive backgrounds. Different characters will interact with different background objects at the touch of a button, allowing "power" type characters like Wonder Woman to pick up a car and throw it while "gadget" type characters like Batman would throw batarangs at the car to make it explode, damaging nearby opponents. Background transitions, some of which seemed similar to those found in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, are also said to be present.

The rest of the Internet will have their own reports on the game tomorrow. But until then, here's more on the game, straight from NetherRealm's own Ed Boon. I totally wasn't standing behind Ryan Mac Donald when he conducted this interview. Wait, can I even say that? Crap.

We'll be seeing more of the game at E3 next week. Injustice: Gods Among Us is due out on 360, PS3, and Wii U in 2013. It'll be T-rated, so don't expect it to have proper fatalities... but does anyone want to start taking bets on whether Scorpion is a pre-order bonus, an unlockable character, or post-release DLC?

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#1 Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -

Those guys across the hall at GameSpot are exclusively reporting that the next game from NetherRealm, the creators of Mortal Kombat, is a 2D fighting game called Injustice: Gods Among Us. The game will feature characters from the DC universe, such as Batman, Flash, Solomon Grundy, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Superman, and more.

Here's the debut trailer, which delivers a whole bunch of CG... and some bits that actually happen during the game, like Superman's super, which cashes in your meter for an atmospheric uppercut.

The game appears to play in the Mortal Kombat style, with plenty of juggles and combos, but will have a different set of controls that are built to take advantage of the game's increased focus on interactive backgrounds. Different characters will interact with different background objects at the touch of a button, allowing "power" type characters like Wonder Woman to pick up a car and throw it while "gadget" type characters like Batman would throw batarangs at the car to make it explode, damaging nearby opponents. Background transitions, some of which seemed similar to those found in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, are also said to be present.

The rest of the Internet will have their own reports on the game tomorrow. But until then, here's more on the game, straight from NetherRealm's own Ed Boon. I totally wasn't standing behind Ryan Mac Donald when he conducted this interview. Wait, can I even say that? Crap.

We'll be seeing more of the game at E3 next week. Injustice: Gods Among Us is due out on 360, PS3, and Wii U in 2013. It'll be T-rated, so don't expect it to have proper fatalities... but does anyone want to start taking bets on whether Scorpion is a pre-order bonus, an unlockable character, or post-release DLC?

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#2 Posted by Gnubberen (770 posts) -

I've got a feeling that you're gonna start nagging Ed Boon about that Scorpion question, next time you see him...

Can't wait! :D

#3 Edited by MachoFantastico (4704 posts) -

Not sure why, but this is exactly what I wanted from NetherRealm. Exciting.  
 
Plus... 2D! :D

#4 Posted by 71Ranchero (2772 posts) -

Damn, I was hoping for a new IP.

#5 Posted by Rapid (1368 posts) -

A T rating interesting, well I guess DC wouldn't allow their characters to be fatalty'd since I believe this what happened with Mortal Kombat vs DC

#6 Posted by Intro (1207 posts) -

Loved the new Mortal Kombat, it was a great game. So I'm excited to see this.

#7 Edited by brownsfantb (393 posts) -

Here's proof that GB being part of CBSi is worth it. Exclusive trailers!

Also, it looks freaking awesome!

#8 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1248 posts) -

Looks Awesome!

#9 Posted by 42manZ (105 posts) -

Sounds pretty Cool. I loved MK9.

#10 Posted by Fracture (150 posts) -

That video just sort of cuts off about 1:37

#11 Posted by Paindamnation (805 posts) -

So will this be another Marvel Vs DC nerfed fatalities game?

#12 Posted by vaportra1l (272 posts) -

This looks promising.

#13 Posted by august (3846 posts) -

@Paindamnation: It's not a Mortal Kombat game.

#14 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

I so desperately wish they had held this back for the press conferences, 'cause I would've LOST MY MIND.

Now, I'm just kinda chill on the whole thing. I'll probably play it, but I can't say I'm especially excited.

#15 Edited by Pixel_Kaiser (58 posts) -

I don't want to be one of "those guys" who jumps at a game or whatever right when it's revealed for something that is later proven to be super petty, but man... I don't think I could hate the tone or look of this game anymore than I do. I'm a huge fan of comics, but I am just so sick of the "dark and gritty" thing. It makes more sense when you think of it coming from NetherRealm, but still. Ugh. The body armor costumes are pretty dumb too, but I'm guessing the classic costumes will be available too.

All that said, I still want to hear more about this. I really did like MK9 a lot. Though despite the really impressive story mode, MK vs DC Universe felt really incomplete. Hope this is more like the former rather than the latter. Hoping the roster digs a bit deeper than MK vs DC Universe did, too, which I guess it should since it doesn't have to support both franchises. Power Girl! Static! Robin! Plastic Man! They totally need to be in this.

#16 Posted by Orange_Pork (597 posts) -

@Paindamnation: What makes you think there are going to be fatalities? This isn't Mortal Kombat.

#17 Posted by sonicrift (299 posts) -

This looks pretty fun. My boss speaks highly of MK vs. DC. I'd be willing to check this out, and I trust NetherRealm.

#18 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -

omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg

#19 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

So 5 stars then?

#20 Posted by Generiko (445 posts) -

*****

#21 Posted by Paindamnation (805 posts) -

@Orange_Pork said:

@Paindamnation: What makes you think there are going to be fatalities? This isn't Mortal Kombat.

Because Ed Boon loves showy finishers. Finishers would have been the better word for it. However, no blood most likely since it will be rated T for Teen. Hence the nerfed Fatalities or Finishers if you would like. Which most likely would be in the game, not as gruesome obviously though.

#22 Posted by Village_Guy (2581 posts) -

Interesting, this certainly has potential. And since this is rated T, the next Mortal Kombat they make will probably end up being even gorier and violent than the last.

Ya' know with all that lust for chaos and gore building up inside them... Only to burst in a fountain of blood and broken bones!

#23 Posted by MachoFantastico (4704 posts) -

Have to say that I'm glad they haven't just gone and made another Mortal Kombat, give the series a rest and keep people eager. Loved MK though. 

#24 Posted by RandomAtom (89 posts) -

I really like that Superman costume, and I will likely purchase this game.

#25 Posted by Rmack (1078 posts) -
Different characters will interact with different background objects at the touch of a button, allowing "power" type characters like Wonder Woman to pick up a car and throw it while "gadget" type characters like Batman would throw batarangs at the car to make it explode, damaging nearby opponents

Can't say I like the sound of that. Damn near every fighting game that has tried to do something like that hasn't ended up that well. I'd say the Powerstone games are the only exception, and those were more party games than anything else.

#27 Posted by rmanthorp (3953 posts) -

Man Ed Boon does not seem as happy in these videos as he did when he was talking about MK last time around... I hope they have not been pushed into this. It just sucks when a CD is not passionate about the product.

Personally as a huge comic book and huge fighting game fan I am confused as to why this doesn't excite me at all.

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#28 Posted by MilesElrich (16 posts) -

I'm kinda hoping this plays into the "crisis on two earth's" idea, where its actually owlman and ultraman and the like do all the dirty work.

#29 Posted by RaIdens2 (21 posts) -

new IP would be nice but if these guys are making the characters have their own control and not feel like any of the mk characters and everything else with the environment interaction makes sense in 2d i will totally be stoke and happy to play it.

#30 Posted by Askherserenity (117 posts) -

Cool Wii U logo :D

#31 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

STOP ANNOUNCING EVERYTHING! What's the point of E3 if they announce all this stuff before?

#32 Posted by Ho_Blivion (66 posts) -

@rmanthorp said:

Man Ed Boon does not seem as happy in these videos as he did when he was talking about MK last time around... I hope they have not been pushed into this. It just sucks when a CD is not passionate about the product.

Personally as a huge comic book and huge fighting game fan I am confused as to why this doesn't excite me at all.

Remember, in order to keep that DC license they probably are required to do something with it on a regular basis ( see: Activision/Spider-Man). Its been four years since MK vs DC.

#33 Posted by Totori (559 posts) -

eh

#35 Posted by IndeedCodyBrown (404 posts) -

I'm down. MK9 is one of my favriote games of this generation, but Im also open to some change. I hope they can have the entire justice league show up.

#36 Posted by paulunga (2020 posts) -

You know what I'd love to see? NO Mortal Kombat cameos or easter eggs whatsoever. But yeah, I kinda doubt that'll happen.

#37 Posted by Slixshot (33 posts) -

I'm very interested in this. As someone who didn't jump on board the Mortal Kombat bandwagon when it first came out, I feel it's hard to at this point. Seeing a game like this, with characters I actually love, is great timing!

#38 Posted by IndeedCodyBrown (404 posts) -

I wonder if this is one of the two games Jeff couldn't gush about.

#39 Posted by Enigma777 (6073 posts) -

That. Looks. Awesome.

#40 Posted by Nightfang (380 posts) -

I'm sold!

#41 Posted by fox01313 (5073 posts) -

Looks okay but with it being just DC people I'm not too hooked on the game. Plus with them using the newer look to Harley I think I'll pass.

#42 Posted by Shaneman (78 posts) -

YES!

YES!

YES!

#43 Posted by Brodehouse (9952 posts) -

I just really don't like any DC products beyond Batman and Watchmen. Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, freaking yawn.

I like Marvel but they messed up and now their licenses are spread to the winds. And foul winds, like Activision.

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#44 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

@Jeff: Hmm isn't that a bad name? It doesn't really tell that Batman is in it.

#45 Posted by BatmanBatman (374 posts) -

But like, couldn't Superman like, beta the crap out of everybody ??!!

.. seriously, could be a very good game.

#46 Posted by Shaka999 (480 posts) -

I'll be honest, I'm surprised Warner Bros isn't pushing them to make another MK after the success (it was successful, right?) of the most recent game. I'm mildly interested, but I doubt my interest will go much further than that.

#47 Posted by Saga (181 posts) -

I can't wait for this. I wonder if you can use the Mortal Kombat joystick with this game...

#48 Posted by Brodehouse (9952 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

STOP ANNOUNCING EVERYTHING! What's the point of E3 if they announce all this stuff before?

To give retailers and journalists a bit of time to spend with the games, not just to say "WE'RE MAKING THIS" and then driving away. The majority of the stuff shown at E3 were announced the year before anyway. The only people getting mad about 'E3 not having enough new announcements' are crazy people.

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#49 Edited by Daniel_Newton (1166 posts) -

The Flash in full body armour? Duuuuuude.

Thinking about it, it's probably only a matter of time now before superheroes wearing armour is the standard anyway. Lots of DC characters are in armour now since the New 52 started. Superman's suit in this game is pretty close to his current suit in comics. Down with spandex!

#50 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

@Brodehouse said:

@crusader8463 said:

STOP ANNOUNCING EVERYTHING! What's the point of E3 if they announce all this stuff before?

To give retailers and journalists a bit of time to spend with the games, not just to say "WE'RE MAKING THIS" and then driving away. The majority of the stuff shown at E3 were announced the year before anyway. The only people getting mad about 'E3 not having enough new announcements' are crazy people.

You culling me crazy mother fucker? Huh? *eye twitch* Huh? I will stab you!

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