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    Game » consists of 26 releases. Released Apr 19, 2011

    One of the goriest fighting game franchises returns to its roots, introducing a new story that re-tells the events of the first three Mortal Kombat games (with a unique twist).

    What Is This Mortal Kombat Video?

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    Edited 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?
     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: 

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    Weird, right?
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    #1  Edited 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?
     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: 

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    Weird, right?
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    #2  Edited By jeff

    ROCK IT REAL?

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    #3  Edited By Tirrandir

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

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    #4  Edited By ElegantRuby
    @Jeff: Rock It Riot?
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    #5  Edited By Homeslice

    Mmmm......tasty.....
     
    Toasty......

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    #6  Edited By Gizmo

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

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    #7  Edited By Milkman

    Ed Boon always rocks it real.

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    #8  Edited By XenoNick

    LOOKS AWSOME!!!!

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    #9  Edited By warchief

    all i know is that its fucking awesome. 

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    #10  Edited 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.

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    #11  Edited 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.

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    #12  Edited 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.

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    #13  Edited 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.

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    #14  Edited 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

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    #15  Edited By v

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

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    #17  Edited 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...

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    #18  Edited By Victor018

    This reminds me of DragonBall Evolution.

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    #19  Edited By dwil83

    why does this article have the old video player?

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    #20  Edited By monster9999

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

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    #21  Edited By LiquidSwords

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

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    #22  Edited 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.

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    #23  Edited 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.

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    #24  Edited By InFamous91
    @Victor018 said:
    " This reminds me of DragonBall Evolution. "
    lmao really? 
     
    Great video, especially for the long time MK fans. 
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    #25  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!!!

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    #26  Edited 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

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

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    #28  Edited By schizogony

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

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    #29  Edited By ThePwnee

    Holy shit

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    #30  Edited By Vod_Crack

    That Sub-Zero looks like a Strogg.

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    #31  Edited By ThePhantomnaut

    Hey it's Seven of Nine from Star Trek!

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    #32  Edited By suicidesnowman

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

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    #34  Edited 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.

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    #36  Edited By kratos

    Got to say I totally want this to be a movie

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    #37  Edited By BlackIrish05
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    #38  Edited 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?

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    #39  Edited 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.

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    #40  Edited 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.

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    #41  Edited By XenoNick
    @Vod_Crack said:
    " That Sub-Zero looks like a Strogg. "
    I knew he reminded me of something like that.
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    #42  Edited 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.

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    #43  Edited By superfriend

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

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    #44  Edited By RE_Player1

    This looks stupid, my opinion of course.

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    #45  Edited By MadThad0890

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

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    #46  Edited By Endure

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

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    #47  Edited 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.
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    #48  Edited By bluephoenixmedia

    seems like a movie / game tie in

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    #49  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
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    #50  Edited 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.

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