Despite the recent financial troubles of Midway which resulted in the acquisition of Midway Chicago and the Mortal Kombat property by Warner Brothers Interactive, the production on the latest MK game is still going ahead full steam.
For the past two months or so MK co-creator and series head honcho Ed Boon has been giving some small morsels of info on the latest game via his Twitter page. Aside from the fact that the new MK game will once again feature fatalities (which are said to be brutal), no other info on the game has been revealed aside from a leaked casting call. It still seems like the game is some ways off from being shown, but a recent job posting for the game has shed some interesting light on what we could possibly expect:
You will work closely with architects and designers on both the Mortal Kombat team and the advanced technology group to help design and implement functionality ranging from the core network transport layer all the way to owning the final implementation of brand-new features that will revolutionize online play.
This job posting brings up a lot of interesting questions on what sort of direction the next MK game will take. We all know that having an online mode in a fighting game is an important thing. But for the most part the online modes in different fighting games are alike, aside from any tech issues.
Perhaps this job posting was just trying to make the job sound really good by using a term like “gold standard?" Or, Maybe the next MK game will truly feature an online component that is unique and perhaps revolutionizes how online is done in fighting games. I personally wouldn’t mind an online component that’s an open-world MMO style type thing set in Outworld. This way people can just have random battles with one another all day.
I’m a big MK fan and thought MK vs. DC was a solid installment, but I’m really interested to see how the next game shapes up and how much it goes back to the series roots of brutal action and over-the-top fatalities.