Gamasutra has put up the first part of an interview they had with Ed Boon of NetherRealm Studios about the upcoming Mortal Kombat 9. The interview thus far doesn't contain new information about the game itself, but I thought the following passage was very encouraging. It seems like Ed and his team really are making the right moves with this game. Here's a sample. Hit the link below to read the full interview.
...this [new Mortal Kombat] is the first one in a while that we've really made a conscious effort that we are going to focus hard on the hardcore player," he said. "At the same time, we want to stay accessible. But the simple numbers of it is that there are just far, far more of the casual player than the hardcore player."
"The hardcore player is the most vocal. If you just went online and just kind of look at forums and all that stuff, you'd think that everyone was a hardcore player," he continued. "But the reality is that those are the ones who care to the point of getting online [to express their opinions], and they're passionate and they're very opinionated. They're very important certainly from the standpoint of they're the ones that communicate the most, but the reality is that there are more casual players out there."
"This game, we are really going after that hardcore player," he added. "We have some features in the game that are really layered into the game. I think the casual people will still have a good time, but they're not going to dig as deep in terms of fighting mechanic, features and strategy."
Read the full interview at Gamasutra.