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Some of the most pressing questions about this upcoming crossover fighting game were explained with the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe FAQ, but there is still a lot that leaves our heads scratching. If there are no fatalities in MK vs. DC, will it still have the same level of brutality? How can the crossing over of the respective universes of Mortal Kombat and DC comics make any sense?
Check out the video above from Ed Boon, the Mortal Kombat kreator, as he addresses these issues and whatnot. Yes, he loves the word “whatnot” for whatever reason. Or whatnot. And yes, there is a decent amount of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe gameplay footage included as well. And whatnot.
We were told that a new Mortal Kombat game would be coming this year, but we weren’t expecting something quite like this. Ed Boon and Midway have announced that the newest addition to the Mortal Kombat franchise will include characters from the DC Comics universe. That’s right. It’s not just Mortal Kombat. It’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
Remember years ago when Capcom decided to make Street Fighter vs. X-Men? That spawned a series of cross-over sequels, like Marvel vs. Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK. I guess Midway is taking a page out of that character collection book, pitting the best Mortal Kombatants with the comic book heroes of the DC Universe.
Let’s go through some of the most pressing questions.
1. What characters will be included?
At Midway’s Gamer’s Day in Las Vegas, they only made a very minor announcement about the characters that will populate the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe fighting game. From the DC side of things, they have guaranteed Batman and Superman. From the MK side, Ed Boon said that we should expect Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Beyond this, no further information was made available.
2. What about fatalities?
Here’s an ugly one. Fatalities serve as the backbone to the Mortal Kombat franchise, giving us the opportunity to decapitate our opponents, rip off their arms, and light them up into a blaze of glory. Sadly, Ed Boon said that Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will not have fatalities. I know. WTF. The rationale is that the people at DC didn’t want to see Batman and the rest of the crew get torn limb from limb.
3. Will there be blood?
This wasn’t stated quite as explicitly, but seeing how they’re ditching fatalities, I’m thinking that the blood will be kept to a minimum as well. The removal of blood and fatalities will only upset the die-hard Mortal Kombat fans in the audience. I don’t know what they’re thinking.
4. Which systems will it be available for?
All evidence seems to be pointing toward a simultaneous launch on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. We probably won’t see it in the arcade, because Mortal Kombat hasn’t been spotted there in years. The Wii is a possibility, but I hope they don’t tack on some cheesy motion controls. If MK vs. DC makes it to the handheld market, you can expect some rather crappy graphics and gameplay.
5. When will I be able to play it?
The initial rumor said “some time this year” and the preview video mentions “this fall”, so I’m going to go with October-ish.
6. More info?
You should know by now that Hadouken Online is dedicated to bringing you the latest, greatest, and best-est that the fighting game universe has to offer. That’s why this is only part 1 of the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe FAQ. Another FAQ will be created when more information becomes available.
While most fighting games fans are getting hopped up about Street Fighter IV, there’s another fighting game franchise that’s about to hit its fourth incarnation. And it’s bringing some crazy Jedi and Sith powers to the table.
In Soul Calibur III, there were three console-specific characters: Link (from the Legend of Zelda), Heihachi (from the Tekken series), and Spawn (from Spawn). These characters were not originally from the Soul Calibur franchise, so it was a welcome change of pace. Link fit in especially well, since he’s a sword-wielding warrior anyways. For Soul Calibur IV, they’ve welcomed the world of Star Wars.
Check out the video clip above for some crazy Soul Calibur IV action involving Jedi master Yoda and the dark lord known as Darth Vader. At a little past the halfway point in the video, you can see Darth Vader using the Force Pull. That seems a little unfair considering that no other Soul Calibur character has a ranged attack. Then again, he is Darth freakin’ Vader, so that’s okay.