Mortal Kombat: Deception Interview

Mortal Kombat: Deception Interveiw with John Podlasek

What is Deception's current state?

(John Podlasek, Producer)

We're very busy working on the game, which is progressing well.

We've broken the team into different sub groups to work on the various modes, along with adding a User Interface group to work on all the menu screens.

We also have an FMV group busy away working on the game's opening cinematic, which is going to be very cool this time.

Our plan is to release the U.S. version of the game on October 4, 2004 and we're happy to say that we're tracking on schedule.

How were the mini-games put together?

(Nick Shin, Game Programmer)
MK Deception will feature new game modes to expand on the mini games beloved by many players.

Mini games in the past have pretty much been a small and diversionary tactics to break up the constant mode of: play a couple of rounds; beat your opponent and repeat.

But these mini games helped defined what Mortal Kombat is today.

This time, in Mortal Kombat: Deception, mini games will be bigger and better.

One game mode will be a strategy board game.
You will need to place your characters on the board (each handicapped by the position they cover -- do you place your favs up front and in more numbers or save them out back where they are more powerful but in lesser numbers).

And, like in the fight modes where backgrounds have interactive elements, this board game will as well.

We will place power-up abilities when you occupy a square and hold it.

Another game mode in Mortal Kombat: Deception will be Puzzle Kombat.

This game will cause people to yell,
"Here comes the Fury!"
"I suck..."
"Oh, what happened?
You lose?"

People who are not playing but watching their friends play can't help but also burst out,
"What are you doing?!?"
"You suck..."
"Gimme the controller, you're going down."

You select a character that's unique by their super move abilities.
Some of them have offensive power moves that fills up your opponent's screen, while others have defensive moves to help clear our your own screen.

Each background in this game mode are also unique such that you get to see different "fatalities" performed on the victim of a poorly played game.

Oh yeah, both of these games modes will be playable online.... did I mention these games will be ONLINE?

Since Deception is just 2 months away from shipping, I hear that the next installment of the series has been confirmed.

(John Podlasek)
I can say that it's probably a safe bet that there will be another MK title in the works sooner than later :-)

... What, when, where, etc are obviously still up in the air at the moment.

Our energies right now are focused towards the completion of Deception and we're really excited to see what you guys think!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!