What do we want from a new Mortal Kombat?

By Robert Workman, May 29, 2014 3:00pm PDT

When the latest Mortal Kombat released in 2011, it basically answered the fans' prayers and then some. Returning the series to its traditional 2D roots, and combining it with a fantastic 3D presentation, the game fired on all cylinders, introducing raw, bloody fatalities and plenty of beat-em-up fun. But now the question is fresh on the minds of fans: will we be seeing a new one soon enough?

Ed Boon, long-time producer on the series, has been hinting that a new Mortal Kombat is in the works, and bits and pieces of promotional material have been popping up with the dragon logo appearing on them. With E3 around the corner, it wouldn't be a complete surprise to know that a new game is in the works, with plenty of bloody action to follow.

The only question now is…what can the series do to evolve? The 2011 version of Kombat really did well in its own right, but left some questions about what could possibly come next. Luckily, we have a few ideas of what could be done with the next edition of the game...

An Open Story Mode

When Mortal Kombat's reboot came out in 2011, it came with an intriguing new story mode that let you jump from character to character, all in the name of continuity. While this was a welcome change of pace, the new game should revert back to the old way of following a single character through the tournament, seeing how much he or she change over the course of each fight.

For good measure, our own Steven Wong had a great idea, where you play through a story mode and, once your character is beaten, you take over as the character who beat them, with possible branching depending on whether you prefer Mercy or Fatalities. This has some creativity behind it, and could really open up the idea of how someone actually feels when they finish someone off for good in the tournament.

Better Online Community Support

Fighting games these days have a huge outpouring of support, including Killer Instinct and the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV. Mortal Kombat should be no exception, and Netherrealm should tackle some new online features that really bring the most out of players. The ability to throw down challenges, notch up win and loss records, take part in monthly tournaments and even take on an old-school quarter mode would really make a difference, even if they are just bits and pieces of the bigger picture. Being able to share fight highlights via YouTube wouldn't be a bad idea either, even if it would be very, very bloody.

We know that Mortal Kombat's 2011 release had online play, but seeing these expansions would really make the experience greater overall. It'd certainly make it a favorite at EVO, that's for sure.

Gorier Fatalities... If Possible

2011's Mortal Kombat had some of the best, and frighteningly gory, fatalities in the business. From people being ripped in half to a pair of Noob Saibots tearing someone to pieces from the legs up. For the new one, why not go crazy and throw in a bunch of new fatalities to go with the classic ones? We're sure the sick development minds can come up with something for fans to appreciate. Oh, and bring back the Friendships! (Yes. Friendships. Again.)

Get more timely DLC

The downloadable content released for 2011's Mortal Kombat wasn't half bad, although we're still trying to figure out how Freddy Krueger got mixed up in things. Regardless, it opens the door for even better DLC for the new game, with new combatants that can really mean business. For good measure, Netherrealm can even introduce exclusive ones to consoles, such as bringing back Kratos for the PS4 edition and letting Master Chief run wild in the Xbox One edition. Just wishful thinking…and if Freddy does come back, bring Jason Voorhees with him at least.

An Injustice Crossover

Another potential idea for the MK sequel would be, in fact, a sequel to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Although the game would have to be toned down to fit into a Teen rating (per DC's usual demands), there's no doubt that Netherrealm could make it work. Injustice: Gods Among Us was one of the better received superhero brawlers out there, and implementing its tricks into a new Mortal Kombat-style game wouldn't be a bad idea. Plus, hey, Joker could actually shoot someone this time around and make us watch the bullet go in. Maybe it's wishful thinking, but it would be nice to have.

Improved X-Ray Attacks

One great addition to the series was the ability to use X-Ray attacks, which zoom in on a potential victim to see his or her bones break apart in slo-mo fashion. These should make a great return in the new MK, and, for good measure, Netherrealm could add a system where players could improvise and create their own attacks, or chain them into quicker, more effective combos to even up a fight. You have to admit, those skeletons breaking apart are pretty fantastic.

Create Your Own Kombatant

We're so used to playing familiar characters from the series that we never really got around to the idea of creating your own fighter in the MK universe. Sure, it'd probably be screwed up watching a virtual version of yourself be killed by the likes of Johnny Cage or Sub-Zero, but having your own brawler would add a personable touch to online fights – and certainly make for interesting situations against friends.

The return of Motor Kombat with online play

Please? That was one of the best parts of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon!

What do you think?

Now that we've given our ideas of what we want to see in the next Mortal Kombat game, how about you? Think you'd like to see some certain characters in the series -- including rumored involvement from Kiefer Sutherland? Or perhaps you have something more intricate in mind for the gameplay? Sound off and we'll continue chatting once Ed Boon reveals whatever this new project is next week!

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