It would seem that E3 is intent on starting a week early — three big announcements came early this morning from NetherRealms, Crytek, and Microsoft Studios. First up is Mortal Kombat X, a game that has been barely kept under wraps for the last few weeks thanks to the constant teases coming from series co-creator Ed Boon’s personal Twitter account. The game is set to release in 2015 on PC and current and last-generation Sony and Microsoft consoles. We’re guessing mid-April, the same window as their last two major games – Mortal Kombat IX and Injustice: Gods Among Us. The announcement was accompanied by a new trailer that features an intense fight from fan favorite and series staple characters Sub-Zero and Scorpion.
Homefront: The Revolution comes as bit of a surprise (for those that missed the accidental leak). Crytek has been involved with the project since 2011, but the fate of the game was shrouded in mystery when publisher THQ filed for bankruptcy in late 2012. Crytek and publisher Deep Silver worked to acquire the rights to the franchise shortly thereafter, and this is the first reveal of what they’ve been working on. Homefront: The Revolution is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2015. A stunning CG trailer was released this morning, with the promise of a gameplay reveal at E3 – likely at Microsoft’s press conference, thanks to Crytek’s recent partnership on Ryse: Son of Rome.
Finally, we have the reveal of Forza Horizon 2. Though this game received the least attention from the rumor mill, it’s the biggest no-brainer of the three. Microsoft has clearly planned to transition their big racing franchise from a biennial to an annual release schedule. To accomplish this, Turn 10 works on the original game series – Forza Motorsport, while Playground Games works on the spinoff – Forza Horizon. They release in alternating years, and have since 2011. Think Call of Duty, here. The game is set to release this fall on not only the Xbox One, but also the 360.
Note: Our featured image is from 2012’s Forza Horizon.