Mortal Kombat X is just over a week away, and that's close enough for NetherRealm Studios to unleash a launch trailer featuring a cornucopia of super-powered brawlers laying blood-soaked smackdowns upon one another, all set to System of a Down's hit single Chop Suey. ("Hit" single. See? I am here, literally, all week.)
There are a few 'story moments,' for lack of a better term, in the video, but for the most part it's all about the fighting and the fatalities, highlighted by a man who's literally ripped in half by somebody's feet. Hey, it's called Mortal Kombat, not Kombat Until Somebody Starts To Cry Because Now They're In Two Parts.
The trailer was directed by System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, who says in this brief "making of" video that he was excited to be involved in the process because he's such a big fan of the game. "I felt more like I was editing a movie," he adds. "I kind of forgot that it was a videogame during the edit." (He also explains that the song in the trailer was originally called Suicide, but the band's record label wasn't happy with the title. "So we chopped 'Suicide' in half and got 'Chop Suey'!")
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