In Mortal Kombat X for the PS4; A new mode is Faction Wars. The players will have to choose one from the five factions to align with and join a persistent online cross-platform competition with the others, winning points for their faction to contribute in the conflict between them, ranking up personally, and earning special rewards such as faction-specific finishing moves if the player's faction win at the end of any given week. Like previous entries in the series, Mortal Kombat X is a fighting game in which two players fight against each other using a variety of attacks, special moves, and gruesome Fatalities. The energy meter, first introduced in the previous Mortal Kombat game, allows players to perform techniques such as "X-Ray" special moves.
Similarly to NetherRealm Studios' previous title, Injustice: Gods Among Us, fighters are able to interact with the environment, bouncing off areas to reposition themselves or using parts of the environment as weapons. In addition, each fighter has three different variations, each featuring a different set of moves they can use during the fight: for example, the character Scorpion features a Ninjutsu variation in which he wields dual swords, a Hellfire variation which relies more on fiery special moves, and an Inferno variation which allows him to summon hellspawn minions to aid him in the fight. The sprint gauge, which was last seen in Mortal Kombat 4, returns in this game. MKX features two new types of finishing moves.
Along with fighters such as Scorpion and Sub-Zero, several new fighters are added to the series' roster: D'Vorah, an insect-like woman who controls insects; Ferra/Torr, a pairing consisting of an armored dwarf-woman and a giant masked brute; and Kotal Kahn, an Aztec-inspired blood god. With the game's story mode spanning 25 years, the game is set to include the offspring of several established characters, such as Cassie Cage, the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade; Takahashi Takeda, son of Kenshi; and Jacqui Briggs, daughter of Jax. Other series newcomers include Kung Jin, cousin of Kung Lao and an archer; and Erron Black, a Western gunfighter-style character.