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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

Midway's famed fighting franchise has been in the works for some time for next-generation consoles, and while for the most part Mortal Kombat 8 was a mystery, at Midway's Gamers' Day 2008 at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, series co-creator and executive producer Ed Boon unveiled its new direction. A mash-up of the DC comic heroes with the Mortal Kombat characters will hit both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the form of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Mainly a tease rather than a full unveiling of the game, Boon showed off the debut trailer and gave the audience a few tidbits on what players can expect this fall.

The 48-second trailer explains that two worlds -- Mortal Kombat and DC -- will collide somehow, and the fate of the universe will be decided. Only a quick clip of gameplay is in the trailer and shows Batman and Sub-Zero squaring off in what seems to be some sort of dark cemetery arena. Batman throws a right hook at Sub-Zero which sends him reeling, and spitting blood. Batman then picks up Sub-Zero and spins him in the air tossing him to the side of the arena. Sub-Zero's not down for the count as he comes in roundhousing Batman, kneeing him in the back, and then blasting the both of them through a stone cathedral. As they fall through the air, the fight continues, both throwing punches until they come crashing to the ground. The big question is, how do these two worlds come in contact with each other? Will there be an all-new nemesis behind everything?

With only that to go with as far as the gameplay, the trailer ended revealing that this game will be hitting the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall. There are talks of a Wii version sometime down the road, but we're assuming that Wii owners won't see an iteration of this game until 2009, at the earliest. Boon explained that with every console generation, the team likes to wipe the slate clean with the franchise and start fresh. The last generation saw the first "true 3-D" version of the game (we're going to forget about Mortal Kombat 4 because it was abysmal) and had multiple fighting styles, a conquest mode and more. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will have a new fighting engine, toss out multiple fighting styles, and include a brand-new more linear style of story mode. Much like previous Mortal Kombat titles, characters will be able to whip each other through walls and barriers and off towering buildings. However, instead of just being shown falling in a quick cinematic, the fight will continue in the air, with each character unleashing attacks as they fall from one arena to the next. Boon also revealed that there will be a new up-close combat system with apparent clothing damage and body bruising.

The Mortal Combat team will collaborate with famed comic story writers Jimmy Palmiotti ("Deadpool," "Heroes for Hire," "Superboy," "Marvel Nights," "21 Down," "Painkiller Jane") and Justin Gray ("JLA Classified", "Countdown to Final Crisis," "Daughters of the Dragon," "Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four") to bring this mash-up to life. Both writers have worked together previously, penning "The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning," "Jonah Hex," "Countdown," "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters" and more.

Only four characters have been revealed thus far: Batman, Superman, Sub-Zero and Scorpion, however, we're expecting that Midway has plans for a truckload of characters from both franchises' stables. With such DC staples as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Robin and Elongated Man potentially taking on Baraka, Goro, Johnny Cage, Mileena, Kung Lao, Smoke, Sonya Blade and Ermac could really make for some interesting confrontations. Considering the last Mortal Kombat title -- Mortal Kombat: Armageddon -- had over 60 combatants, we're curious to see how deep the team decides to go on both sides. Armageddon also had a create-a-fighter mode, and whether or not Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will also include that is also undetermined.

From what has been shown, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe will be just as dark as previous titles, but the addition of DC characters will force the team to bring down the violence a notch. The game will most likely be a teen rated game instead of mature. Don't expect trademark fatalities in the game, especially as how brutal they've been in the past. There will be some sort of finishing move, but it won't be until July during E3 when we'll know more. It's going to be extremely interesting to see how far DC will allow the Mortal Kombat team to go with the violence the series has been known for, and how the fan base will react with this sort of change.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon was to finish off that chapter of the Mortal Kombat series, and bringing the DC family into the mix is going to be a slight departure for the franchise. But why not? Capcom has seen quite a bit of success with Marvel vs. Capcom, so why shouldn't Midway try something new? Getting the chance to pit Superman versus Scorpion should prove to be a heck of a good time, but considering multiplayer will most likely allow users to mix and match fighters from both universes -- fans of both Mortal Kombat and DC Comics really have something to look forward to when the two worlds collide this fall.

This preview was based on a gameplay trailer shown at Midway's Gamers' Day 2008 at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas.