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September 24th, 2017
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Mortal Kombat X to introduce ‘Banality’

August 14th, 2014

The brutal fighting game infamous for its bloody ‘Fatalities’ – special moves at the end of a duel to kill the opponent in gruesome ways – will introduce the ‘Banality’ for its tenth installment, reflecting the middle-aged concerns of its characters.

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'Meant to be humorous, but in a bittersweet way.'

Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, made the reveal at the first day of Gamescon in Cologne, Germany, the biggest electronic gaming event in Europe.

‘Mortal Kombat X moves the plot of the game forward some 25 years. That means that some iconic characters in the series now have other preoccupations than snapping spines and splintering skulls,’ Boon said.

Audiences will likely be able to relate. After all, the first Mortal Kombat game came out in 1992. Arcade kids from those days are now likely to have middle-aged concerns themselves.

Boon teased the audience with three ‘Banalities’. The first one saw thunder god Raiden complain about smart phone reception and fretting over whether he was right to buy an iPhone as his opponent sank to his knees.

The second Banality elicited knowing nods from the mostly male audience, as ice ninja Sub-Zero broke down, revealing his wife had left him for his emotional unavailability and struggle with depression.

To hammer home the point, the third clip showed Kano, the series’ antagonistic Australian mercenary, burst into a foul rant about how illegal immigrants were killing his business by competing unfairly.

The move by NetherRealm Studios, the company that produces Mortal Kombat, is reminiscent of the franchise’s ‘Friendship’ finishing moves in earlier installments. ‘It’s definitely meant to be humorous, but in a bittersweet sort of way,’ added Ed Boon.

The complete character roster for Mortal Kombat X is as of yet unknown, but Boon hinted at possibilities for other Banalities, such as Sonya trying to cope with her first wrinkles, or Nightwolf boasting about his DIY carpentry skills for his son’s bedroom.

Sub-Zero’s breakdown about his failed marriage and depression elicited knowing nods from the audience

Gamescom is to continue until August 17, with plenty more interesting game reveals and surprises expected.

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