North East studio releases Mortal Kombat concept art

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Gateshead-based studio Atomhawk has released a selection of concept art from its visual development work on NetherRealm’s critically acclaimed Mortal Kombat 11.

Atomhawk created concept art for the game’s iconic character roster alongside environments, props and DLC content. It also produced the motion graphic cinematics for the game’s multiple endings.

MD Tim Wilson said: "The team have created some incredible designs, having great fun playing with the time-travel mechanic that sits at the heart of the game.”

The character art for the game included reimagining a broad selection of established characters from the series, as well as designing new additions to the roster.

Some of the characters worked on by Atomhawk

Atomhawk - named Animation/Graphics Company of the Year at the Prolific North Awards in May - was responsible for designing new characters Geras and Kollector, alongside returning fan-favourite Baraka and series veterans including Katana, Johnny Cage and Noob Saibot.

The fightline environments created by the studio spanned a diverse and striking set of locations including Shang Tsung’s Island, Kotal's Koliseum and The Sea of Blood. 

Wilson added: “The scope for Mortal Kombat 11 was to create the hardest-hitting, most intense game of the series so far. We wanted the design work to live up to these expectations, with characters and environments that could really bring the game’s epic story to life.”

Atomhawk’s involvement with Mortal Kombat 11 follows its concept and animation work on Mortal Kombat X (2015) and Mortal Kombat (2011). The studio also partnered with NetherRealm on the Injustice series.

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