Mortal Kombat went from being one of the most popular arcade games of the '90s (and the bane of outrage parents everywhere) to being the poster-child for diminishing returns in long-lived game franchises in the span of about a decade, but all that changed in 2011 when back-to-basics reboot (referred to by fans as "Mortal Kombat 9") brought the series roaring back to bloody life. A next-gen sequel followed in the form of 2015's Mortal Kombat X, which expanded the reborn franchise's scope with enhanced graphics, eye-popping new fatalities and a roster of guest fighters culled from popular horror films.
Now, fans will have the opportunity to own the definitive edition of MKX, as Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment officially announces the release of Mortal Kombat XL to PS4 and Xbox One consoles on March 1, 2016.
Aiming to provide the definitive MKX experience, Mortal Kombat XL will include the full original game in addition to material previously only available in the form of purchasable downloadable content (DLC), including the playable characters Xenomorph, Leatherface, Triborg and Bo'Rai Cho characters from the yet-to-be-released Kombat Pack 2 expansion. Other characters will include Goro, Jason Vorhees, Tanya, The Predator and Tremor; along with the Brazil, Kold War, Samurai and Apocalypse skin-packs. As with similar "definitive editions," while much of this content has been previously released, MKXL offers veterans a chance to catch up on DLC they may have initially skipped and new fans the opportunity to start with a fully-loaded Mortal Kombat experience.
The release marks the latest volley in Warner Bros aggressive push to revive Mortal Kombat as a multimedia brand, which has included web-series and plans for a new Mortal Kombat feature film. The new film, previously set to be directed by Legacy helmer Kevin Tancharoen, is currently being produced by Furious 7 director James Wan, who previously co-created the Saw and Insidious franchises - news that was met with wide approval by fans of the similarly gory, horror-themed Kombat games. A previous film version from director Paul W.S. Anderson was released with a PG-13 rating in 1995.
Mortal Kombat XL is scheduled for release in March 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Interactive