Mortal Kombat Celebrates 25th Anniversary with In-Game Events and NYCC Panel

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mortal Kombat with a range of in-game events and activities as well as a panel at this years NYCC.

The bloody brawler has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings and the franchise has spread over almost every imaginable platform with characters entering a range of other titles.

Fans lucky enough to be attending New York Comic Con can join a panel celebrating 25 years of the iconic title with the original team of developers from the first game; Ed boon, John Tobias, Dan Forden and John Vogel. Moderated by Geoff Keighley, the team will discuss the early days of the franchise, the evolution of the brand and the series impact on pop culture and the games industry in general.

For those not planning on attending NYCC, a number of in-game celebrations are on the cards over the coming weeks. Raiden, the God of Thunder will be joining the cast of Injustice 2. Players who purchased a season pass or the Ultimate Edition can access him now in his usual guise as the protector of Earthrealm or as Black Lightning, a brand new skin that accompanies the DLC.

Injustice will not be the only franchise to celebrate the anniversary, a range of mobile games will also see Mortal Kombat characters enter the mix. The mobile version of Mortal Kombat X will add Shao Kahn the Konquerer to the roster in full diamond tier regalia as well as adding 2 more versions of Goro. As well as new characters, Mortal Kombat X mobile will also gain a new Relic-Hunter feature which will offer raid style kombat. The mobile versions of Injustice will also gain new characters, with Injustice 1 adding Scorpian to the line up and the sequel gaining Raiden as an unlockable character. Finally, WWE Immortals will also pay homage to the franchise, as WWE superstar Xavier Woods dons Raiden’s iconic outfit.

The console version of Mortal Kombat X will also receive new content in the form of new challenges in the Living Tower mode. The challenges will be based on prior Mortal Kombat titles covering  Mortal Kombat 1-4, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat (2011).

As a fan of Mortal Kombat since the first one when I was far too young to be playing it, I’m glad to see that the 25th anniversary is being celebrated. Are you a fan? Let us know in the comments below or send us a Tweet!

Dan Crowe

I’m a retro game collector with a love of all things geeky. My major passion is gaming which I have been doing for a long time and I can’t wait to see what the future of gaming holds!

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