Warner Bros. has big ambitions for Mortal Kombat 9, which they say is going to have features that will do no less than "revolutionize online play."
When Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon confirmed that the next Mortal Kombat game would take a trip back to the blood-stained fields of M-rated games after a T-rated departure in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, I thought that was about enough to satisfy any Kombat fans with doubts about the next game. Apparently, however, publisher Warner Bros. wants this game to do more than be gory and thrill youth desensitized to the sight of spines being ripped out of bodies whole.
According to this job listing over at Time Warner, the publisher, which recently acquired the majority of Midway's intellectual properties, Kombat included, the next game will look to "position Mortal Kombat as the 'gold standard' for network play," and an engineer is sought who "wants to push the boundaries of what is possible with online interaction."
Now this could just be big talk to get would be applicants excited about working on Mortal Kombat, or it could be an example of some serious ambition. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe had perfectly functional if rudimentary online play - I thought it was plenty satisfactory, and I'm not exactly sure how you could push it any further.
Warner Bros. obviously thinks otherwise. They conclude the posting by saying that the lucky person who gets this job will be "owning the final implementation of brand-new features that will revolutionize online play." Short of having the characters pop out of your TV and into your living room, I'm not sure what this could mean.