Can you believe the Mortal Kombat franchise celebrates 30 years in 2022? For the past three decades, the fighting franchise has graced our television screens and game consoles, delivering memorable kharacters, stories, gore, and controversy. Many folks (including myself) expected some sort of announcement to commemorate the major milestone. While a majority expected something along the lines of Mortal Kombat 12, Netherrealm Studios took a left turn and announced something else instead.
Earlier this morning, Warner Bros. Games dropped the news; Mortal Kombat: Onslaught, a “new collection role-playing game (RPG)”, is launching around the world in 2023 to a mobile device near you. According to the press release, Onslaught will feature the first mobile-exclusive cinematic story experience for the series. You’ll have to collect the series’ mightiest warriors and have them cause havoc in real-time group battles. The big bad wasn’t announced; It only mentions a “dark and dangerous threat.”
Mortal Kombat: Onslaught press release
You can read more of the press release below:
“Mortal Kombat is a legendary franchise and pop culture phenomenon, and it continues to engage players and advance the fighting genre across multiple platforms,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Games. “Mortal Kombat: Onslaught is a testament to why Mortal Kombat has been a top gaming franchise for over 30 years, as the NetherRealm team continues to innovate and bring new gameplay to fans.”
“We are pushing the boundaries of Mortal Kombat to allow players to experience the franchise in new ways, while still staying true to its core visceral nature,” said Ed Boon, Chief Creative Officer, NetherRealm Studios. “With Mortal Kombat: Onslaught, we reimagined Mortal Kombat into a strategic team-based collection RPG with fast-paced, group melee combat that both new and existing fans can enjoy.”
That’s about the extent of the details we have for the upcoming mobile game. Players can sign-up on the official website to hear the latest updates on Onslaught. Some may be disappointed to hear the next title is a mobile game. Mortal Kombat 12 may still be in the works; Netherrealm Studios could save it for a later presentation. The term, team-based collection RPG, sounds like a euphemism for gacha games. Mobile games like Mario Kart Tour, Mobius Final Fantasy, and SEGA Heroes fell under that gacha umbrella.
Despite the stigma mobile games may get in certain parts of the gaming community, I’m still very intrigued at the game’s potential.
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