Boon: Mortal Kombat 2011 is first to be made with ‘hardcore’ in mind

Speaking during a chat with ShackNews, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon has revealed that the latest entry in the venerable beat ‘em up franchise is the first to be made with features specifically designed for hardcore gamers and tournament goers.

Boon revealed that the new Mortal Kombat team have been getting feedback from “expert” players during the course of the game’s development, though was quick to point out that the studio also want the brawler to be accessible to newcomers.

"This is the first Mortal Kombat game where we are consciously putting in features for the hardcore/tournament fighters and we have some amazing fighting game "experts" playing our game and giving us constant feedback," said Boon.

"At the same time we want the game to be accessible for all Mortal Kombat players, so there is something for all types of fans. It’s important for us that anyone can pick up the controller and have fun right away," he added.

Elsewhere, Boon also touched on the game’s character roster, hinting that new additions may be included by way of post-launch downloadable content. One thing is for sure though – expect many fan favourites to put in an appearance.

"It’s safe to say that many of the fan favorite characters from the original Mortal Kombat game thru Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 will most likely make an appearance in some form or another. With DLC, we will have the opportunity to expand on the character roster after the game is out so there is always potential for more to come."