The team's goal for violence is to "just surprise, maybe entertain" from the "outrageousness" we can pull off. Finishers are "just funny" to see.
The last MK game was only 2 years ago, starring some DC Comic guests like Batman and Superman. But that was T-rated affair so in a way this new M-rated Mortal Kombat has let them reboot a little despite no major hiatus from the franchise.
"So from that standpoint, we just heard a lot of feedback asking, ‘Is the next game going to be back to an M-rated presentation,’ and, you know, ‘traditional’ MK? So we really felt that now is just a really great time to explore a reboot of sorts," said Ed Boon.
"You know, there certainly is a resurgence of games returning to their classic form; Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, now the more recent Twisted Metal, and there’s just a good amount of this trend that’s happening,” he continued in an interview.
The studio is working feverishly to make the MK violence truly fun again - it's not just about pixeling in more blood and bones flying everywhere, it has to be fun.
“Our goal with our violence and all that stuff is way more to just surprise, maybe entertain, just from the outrageousness of it all,” added Boon.
“You know, the fatalities are just so crazy over-the-top that they’re more inventive than inherently violent. I mean, they’re violent — don’t get me wrong — but it’s just funny, just such over the top ways of killing people, that you just can’t take it seriously.”
Mortal Kombat releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2011. It's also known as Mortal Kombat 9 or Mortal Kombat 2011 - whatever name you go with it's looking on fire.