UPDATE: Mortal Kombat has a release date

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And it’s quite a nice release date as well. The game’s publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive, has said that we’ll be brutally murdering one another in April 2011. They were reluctant to put an exact date down, but the interwebs’ Spider Sense is tingling for 19 April 2011. Take that as rumour for now though.

Warner Bros. Interactive has also made an announcement regarding a Collector’s Kollector’s Edition (possible pics of which are after the jump, but they’ve yet to be confirmed) as well as pre-order bonuses. The pre-order bonuses have only been announced for USA stores so far, but South Africans are getting access to these more often. In the past, BT Games, Take 2 and Kalahari.net have all offered exclusive DLC as pre-order incentives so it’s likely that we’ll get some of the Mortal Kombat pre-order bonuses as well.

Mortal Kombat will be out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with the latter getting Kratos as a playable character, but we knew that already. There’s still no word on whether or not the Xbox 360 version will get its own exclusive character, but I’m secretly hoping for Cole from Gears of War; he kind of has a Jax vibe going for him and could fit into the whole Mortal Kombat scene quite happily.

The Kollector’s Edition will come with an art book, DLC codes for Mortal Kombat Classic Klassic costume skins for a character, avatar costumes and Scorpion and Sub-Zero figurines. There will also be a Tournament Edition of the game that comes with the Kollector’s Edition content as well as a fight stick controller. The Tournament Edition will be limited to 20 000 copies in the USA, but hopefully it’ll make it to other territories.

As far as pre-order bonuses go, there are three variants: a Scorpion, Sub-Zero or Reptile set of DLC codes, with each character’s codes being exclusive to specific stores. The codes will net the Mortal Kombat Klassic costume skins for the character in question, but on top of that they’ll also unlock the original Fatality for each character. Hold thumbs that we get these offered over here. If not then I’m pretty sure they’ll be released as DLC a few months after the game’s launched.

Note: We’re battling to find confirmation on the above pictures of the Kollector’s and Tournament Editions. As soon as we know whether or not those are real, we’ll update the post. Hopefully they’re real, because that Scorpion figurine is awesome.

UPDATE: the Kollector’s Edition and Tournament Edition pictured above have since been confirmed. The PS3 version obviously lacks the avatar costume. Perhaps the avatar costume is compensation for the lack of exclusive character in the Xbox 360 version?

Source: Eurogamer and Ripten

Last Updated: December 14, 2010

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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