Mortal Kombat is an upcoming fighting game in the Mortal Kombat series. Developed by NetherRealm Studios (formerly known as WB Games Chicago and Midway Games Chicago), it is the ninth installment in the series and the first to be published exclusively under the Warner Bros. label. Mortal Kombat is set for an April 19, 2011 release in the US, and a EU release on April 21, on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. A PC version is also posed as a possibility. The game has been Refused Classification in Australia due to “violence that exceeds strong in impact”, Warner Bros. have announced that they are appealing the rating.
The story begins after the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, but then returns to the period in which the first three games – Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Mortal Kombat 3 – occur. Due to a plot twist (the character Raiden now having knowledge of the future), the events of this time are slightly altered.
Mortal Kombat is the first title in the series to include 3D graphics with gameplay solely on the 2D plane (2.5D). The developers have also stated that this is the first game in which they are making a conscious effort to create deeper gameplay for more dedicated players of the series and of fighting games in general. Mortal Kombat was officially announced on June 10, 2010, accompanied with a debut trailer showcasing the new presentation and new gameplay features.