An Open Story ModeWhen 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 SupportFighting 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.
We'd love to see Kratos make a comeback
Gorier Fatalities... If Possible2011'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 DLCThe 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 CrossoverAnother 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.
Can you imagine Injustice meeting the world of Mortal Kombat? Again?