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Get a closer look Mortal Kombat X's dynamic Living Towers, persistent online Factions

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

In addition to its single-player story mode and online versus battles, Mortal Kombat X is bringing with it new features, including a dynamic, ever-changing series of challenges called Living Towers and a persistent online mode called Factions. Our report from earlier today already touched on some of those new features, but a new video from developer NetherRealm offers a closer look at what's new in Mortal Kombat X.

Living Towers are built on the foundation of the series' Challenge Towers, but they'll be a lot more dynamic in MKX. There are apparently three types of challenges — quick, daily and premier — and some of those challenges will be switched up "on the hour," says NetherRealm's Tyler Lansdown.

NetherRealm says it's being "much more aggressive" with Mortal Kombat X's online components. The game's Factions will see players align with one of five groups — Black Dragon, Brother of Shadow, Lin Kuei, Special Forces, White Lotus — and fight to get their faction to the top of weekly rankings. Factions is a persistent meta-game through which players can rank up and unlock custom rewards. Everything you do in the game, from story to versus to tower modes, will contribute to your faction points, the developer says, and help you win the weekly Faction War.

MKX Faction Wars

Factions can even be "invaded" by an outside realm. During a 24 hour period, which occurs randomly each week, the NetherRealm, Outworld or Chaos realm can invade your faction. To what end isn't perfectly clear yet, but series co-creator Ed Boon says, "There's something new every single day that [players] haven't seen before."

The above video also offers a few hidden gems, including what appears to be an alternate outfit for newcomer Cassie Cage that makes her look just like her mother, Sonya Blade. The video also confirms the existence of brutalities in Mortal Kombat X, one of the other "-alities" NetherRealm teased last week.