New Mortal Kombat Game Reportedly In Development

By Ishaan . July 30, 2013 . 10:00am

A new Mortal Kombat game is in the works according to a comment made by Lance Sloane, the producer of Mortal Kombat Legacy at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.


Speaking to (via: Polygon), Sloane let slip that a new Mortal Kombat movie is in the process of being greenlit and that it is meant to launch alongside a new game in the series that is currently being developed.


“We’ve been in greenlight committee for a while at the studio and we’ve got a great script,” Sloane said. “And we’ve got a great director with Kevin Tancharoen, who is on board.”


“It’s just figuring out the business side of it and when we would do it and when we would launch it and how do we sync up with the launch of the game that they’re working on now. It’s not 100 percent yet, but we’re getting closer every day.”


The last game in the series, simply titled Mortal Kombat, was released in 2011 and brought closure to the series’ long-running, complicated storyline. Following its release, NetherRealm Studios developed DC Comics fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us.


While Mortal Kombat is primarily known for being a fighting game, NetherRealm Studios are also interested in expanding the series into other genres. Earlier in the year, NetherRealm co-founder Ed Boon said to Xbox 360 Achievements, “I guess everybody at our studio kind of feels like there’s room for Mortal Kombat to expand into other genres. And action-adventure, Shaolin Monks, almost showed that that could be done successfully.”


In the meantime, NetherRealm Studios also plan to continue supporting Injustice: Gods Among Us with further DLC.


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  • Hollowkoopa

    I’m all up for a more polished Shaolin Monks MK game.

    • ishyg


      You mean their heads?

  • Sango

    As much as I love fighting games, I’m burnt-out from all the fighters this gen. Smash bros 4 has all my attention.

  • Michael Connell

    Considering how the last game ended, I’m curious how they’re going to move the story forward. Are they going to have some mass ressurection for all the characters that died or are they going to introduce an entirely new cast of characters to replace them?

    • MikeTxn

      That wasn’t a problem before, and is not going to be a problem now.
      The only problem will be with the new characters, but I have faith they won’t do a Hsu-Hao 2.0

      • Tre W

        At most, what we may stand to get next time will be a bit of a retread of the MK4 storyline focusing on Quan Chi and Shinnok, but ideally much better told than it was originally.

        With most of the original cast “dead” (actually enslaved by Quan Chi, which means they likely will still be in the game), they’re never going to get a better chance to have characters like Fujin, Kai, Tanya, Rain, and Kenshi a chance to take center stage this time around.

      • Derek E Nay

        I want to see Nitara again :(

        • CartmanKusanagi

          Li Mei would be pretty cool, too

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    But they killed off all the good fighters in the last one wtf Plot hole

    • Kaihedgie

      Kenshi, Kai, Bo Rai Cho, Ermac, Johnny Cage, Sonya and Li Mei are all still left.

      • Alberto Maytorena

        The plot can always revolve around the fighters who were left alive fighting for a way to “bring back the souls” of the dead characters, and resurect them.

    • KingGunblader

      Smells like an SC5-style “reboot” where all the dead characters are replaced with “new” characters who look and play almost exactly the same.

      • Sardorim

        Death isn’t really permenant for the most part in MK. If anything the “dead” characters will initially be enemies fighting for Quan Chi and Raiden will gather heroes to defeat Quan Chi as well as try and save the Heroes. I’m sure Raiden will be very troubled when he meets a vengeful Lu Kang again.

    • Brion Valkerion

      They killed everyone off in every MK, the whole game revolves around the human world, magic world(s), and the death world. No one ever stays dead in MK, its as bad as Marvel comics lol. They showed all the heroes in “zombie” mode at the end of MK, so my assumption is they will simply bring them back with some crazy plot device.

      • Sardorim

        Yet they still aren’t able to explain how a dead Sub-Zero is forced to remain a Cyborg. I want my awesome Human Sub-Zero back!

  • Nanaki

    Motor Kombat 2. Can’t wait.

  • SpectralRaiden

    I remember playing Shaolin Monks with my brother and before that I had to have played the demo atleast 100+ times, so I wouldn’t mind another Action-Adventure oriented MK…

    Only problem is how are they going to do it? More time travel hoodoo? Or they could reboot the whole series and adapt it to SM gameplay:-/

    • Tee Niitris

      They could make the SM gameplay a beat-em-up/action adventure like game and still have the actual fighting game with it (like Tekken 6, only done better).

    • Sardorim

      Shaolin Monks took place in an Alternate Universe a part from the main line MK games that greatly changed events so… There’s no issue, Shaolin Monks 2 wouldn’t have to be connected at all to what has been happening in the main series.

      • SpectralRaiden

        You know what I’d forgotten that fact up until now:-P It’d still be cool if they took the original canon though and refitted it with Shaolin Monks gameplay, but making a direct sequel to SM would work just as well.

  • TheHolypopeofgaming

    Bring on Shinok’s invasion!

  • Sardorim

    MK9 brought Closure?

    What…? Did they not get the same ending as me? Did what happened to Sub-Zero not happen? Did the infamous Sindel Scene not occur?

  • Vash bane

    thats the new subzero?
    he looks pretty cool

  • Immortal1

    I honestly feel Mortal Kombat 2011 was the best Mortal Kombat they’ve ever made. And I never thought they’d top the classic games. I have such nostalgic memories for MK 1 – 3, but NetherRealm rose from Midway’s ashes and made the best damn MK ever in my opinion. Ed Boon, thank you.

  • Tonton Ramos

    MK10 on the next-gen? I’m not ready yet…

  • Valtiel Ikari

    GET OVER HERE… to my hands, like now, I need this game to be a better person.

  • XiaomuArisu
  • FlamingMassLiberal

    After the retold, alternate events of MK1-3 shown in MK9, I would like to see them go back about 500 years BEFORE MK1. There’s so much unexplored territory there:

    – The rivalry between the Lin Kuei and Shirai Ryu clans.
    – The battle between Goro and Kung Lao
    – The tensions between the Tarkatans, Centaurs, Shokan
    – Liu Kang’s training under Bo Rai Cho.
    – King Jerrod and Queen Sindel’s rule over Edenia before they lost the realm.
    – Tanya – What caused her to betray Edenia?
    – Rain – We got a glimpse of his background in MK. Start there.
    – Shinnok’s fall from grace

    There’s a lot of “pre-MK1” material they could use for MK10 using fan favorite characters, introduce new ones then if they go to MK11, bring it full circle by picking up where MK9 left off; doing an alternate take on MK4, MKDA, MKD.

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