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"Next-gen" Mortal Kombat this year

Radical changes expected in first 360 and PS3 fighter instalment

Midway has admitted what we all knew already; there's a new Mortal Kombat game coming out, but what we didn't know is that it'll be out this year.

Nothing is known about the new instalment except that it's likely to be in development for Xbox 360 and PS3, which will make it the first instalment on current-gen consoles (if you don't count Armageddon on Wii).

"Our focus really is not so much on the number of games as it is on creating games that are going to breakthrough and doing a better job of that historically," Midway boss David Zucker said during a conference call today.

"Games like This Is Vegas and of course you got [the] Mortal Kombat game this year and others that we think have potential to give us higher unit numbers."

Series mastermind Ed Boon has said that the last Mortal Kombat instalment, Armageddon was the last we'd see of the fighter in its "current form", so we're expecting some radical changes in whatever game's coming next (though hopefully it'll still be stupidly violent).

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