Mortal Kombat PS Vita Features Revealed


Just a couple of days ago, Warner Bros and NetherRealm Studios announced that Mortal Kombat would be punching and kicking its way over to the PlayStation Vita. However, no details regarding features or content were revealed, until now that is.

Speaking to the EU PlayStation Blog, NetherRealm Studios’ Creative Director Ed Boon revealed that the handheld version will include “everything from the PlayStation 3 game; the entire Story Mode and all the downloadable characters and content, plus additional modes and features that are tailored for PS Vita”. The “tailored” content that Boon is referring to relates to the Challenge Towers, as the Vita version will feature one tower designed specifically for the system.

“We identified the Challenge Tower as a perfect fit for mobile sessions, so we expanded it greatly for PS Vita. There are actually two Challenge Towers in the PS Vita version, and the new one has 150 challenges that are exclusive to PS Vita. A number of those challenges use PS Vita’s hardware features: the touch screen, the accelerometer,” stated Boon.

Staying on the subject of the Vita’s capabilities, Boon revealed NetherRealm Studios experimented with the handheld’s rear touchpad, but ultimately opted not to use it. Instead, they decided to focus on the touch screen, and decided to use them for fatalities.

“In terms of gameplay, we’ve always wanted MK to be as accessible as possible. For example, you can touch your X-ray meter to execute an X-ray attack. For fatalities, you can “slash” the screen with the appropriate inputs — say, away, away, up — to execute the fatality. It makes some of the more difficult fatalities easier and it’s fun to slash at your screen to fire off a fatality. I was surprised by how engaging it is,” said Boon

It doesn’t end there, as Boon revealed a few other bits of tasty information too, which are listed below:

  • 60 frames per second gameplay
  • One-on-one multiplayer via local wi-fi or online [infrastructure] wi-fi.
  • No PS3-to-PS Vita connectivity or cross play functionality

Sounds like NetherRealm Studios have worked hard to make the Vita version of Mortal Kombat much more than just a simple port, and we couldn’t be happier. What do you guys think? Will you be purchasing Mortal Kombat on the Vita? Let us know via the comments section below.


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