A couple days ago, PJ took a look at a badass Mortal Kombat concept short film that has been making the rounds across the web. The film is really awesome and even got my butt on the couch to play a few rounds of Mortal Kombat vs DC Comics (which is fun, but doesn’t live up to the older games). Now we have the trailer for the newest MK game, watch it here…

The game brings back a lot of familiar faces (characters never really die in the MK universe), but even more notably, the game is a return to form with 2D gameplay. The original MK was the first fighting game I played (back when we had actual arcades) and I’m glad to see that we’ll be getting a traditional fighter with the new release. But sadly, that’s all this trailer has done for me. Nothing blows me away. There are no hints at the story, or which characters are on what sides. I need something more and hopefully we’ll get something that is more than “hey look it is Mortal Kombat!”

The official press release:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Mortal Kombat, the most brutal installment of the landmark fighting game to date for release on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in 2011. Mortal Kombat is being developed by the newly re-named NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.

The newest chapter of the iconic fight franchise marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, Mortal Kombat introduces a number of  new game-play features including tag team and the deepest story mode of any fighting game. Players can  choose from an extensive lineup of the game’s iconic warriors and challenge their friends in traditional 1 vs. 1 matches, or take on several new game modes.

“We are bringing the Mortal Kombat franchise back to gamers with the talented NetherRealm Studios team creating the game fans long to play,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Re-establishing the brand with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Mortal Kombat innovates on past games while staying true to the brand’s legendary characters and fighting style.”

“We can’t wait for players to get their hands on Mortal Kombat,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “This game really is a response to what players have been demanding: mature presentation, reinvented 2D fighting mechanic and the best, most gruesome fatalities ever!”

Mortal Kombat introduces a number of new game modes as well as the most extensive online experience ever seen in a fighting game. Up to 4 players can battle “tag-team”- 2 players can team up in the new “Co-op Arcade Mode” or compete against another team online.