Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has announced the launch of Mortal Kombat X on iOS devices. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the fighting game is similar to the developer’s other mobile titles, including WWE Immortals, in that it combines card collection and traditional fighting mechanics in a free-to-play experience.
Players begin with a team of three characters, with the game supporting a roster of 24 fighters at launch. This includes classic characters like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kano and Raiden, as well as new fighters like Cassie Cage, D’Vorah and Kotal Kahn.
Gamers can complete single-player, story-based missions, as well as daily events and multiplayer battles. In each match, players tap and swipe on the screen to attack their opponent, and can swap between their three fighters at will by tapping on each character’s picture on the left side of the screen. An Alliance feature allows players to bring a random friendly character into some battles with them, and unleash a special Ally Attack at some point during the match.
As players battle, up to three special attacks charge in the corner of the screen. Tapping one of these attack buttons triggers a reflex mini-game, which determines the power of the move. While each fighter comes equipped with the first of these three attacks, they’ll earn experience points as they’re used in combat, so players can eventually unlock all three.
In between battles, players can spend their earned coins (both regular coins and Alliance-specific coins) on card packs to potentially unlock new fighters, and can collect passive support cards which may increase a character’s attack (for instance) as soon as it’s collected. Gamers can also equip their characters with new gear to increase their stats even further.
Once the console and PC versions of Mortal Kombat X launch on April 14, players will be able to unlock “special content” between the mobile and console or PC versions by completing specific achievements and tasks within each.
In a statement, Greg Ballard, senior vice president of mobile, social and emerging platforms at WBIE, commented on the game:
NetherRealm perfected the art of mobile fighting games with Injustice: Gods Among Us, which has been downloaded more than 43 million times since it launched in April of 2013, and with WWE Immortals, which has more than eight million downloads since January 2015. The team has outdone themselves with its latest offering, creating an authentic Mortal Kombat mobile experience from the ground up, bringing players all the signature, over-the-top fighting gameplay mechanics that are hallmarks of the franchise and delivering on WBIE’s quality games-as-a-service promise.
Mortal Kombat X is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and is coming soon to Google Play. The game is rated 17+ due, in part, to its realistic violence.