MOR­TAL KOMBAT 11

Save Earthrealm once more in the blood­i­est tour­na­ment of them all

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No­body makes fight­ing games quite like NetherRealm, which is why we’re ex­tremely ex­cited about the an­nounce­ment of a new en­try to the

Mor­tal Kombat se­ries. A trailer was broad­cast at The Game Awards with an ex­pect­edly graphic fight be­tween se­ries stal­warts Raiden and Scor­pion. The cor­rup­tion that the thun­der god ex­pe­ri­enced in the pre­vi­ous game seems to have fi­nally taken its hold and turned him over to the dark side.

NetherRealm’s nar­ra­tive and cine­matic skills seem to get bet­ter with ev­ery new game it makes, and given that In­jus­tice 2 was a huge step up in both de­part­ments we’re hop­ing for the same again for Mor­tal Kombat

11. The most ob­vi­ous im­prove­ment was the fa­cial an­i­ma­tions and with MK11 tak­ing ad­van­tage of a brand new en­gine we can only be­gin to imag­ine how much bet­ter they will be. It’ll make all those fa­tal­i­ties and X-ray moves all the more bru­tal and shock­ing.

Fash­ion vic­tim

The de­vel­op­ers have stated that this will be a more per­son­alised ex­pe­ri­ence

“It’s pos­si­ble that we’ll be jump­ing around the MK time­line dur­ing the story”

to what they’ve done be­fore. This is all thanks to a new ad­di­tion to the se­ries called the ‘Char­ac­ter Vari­a­tion Cus­tomi­sa­tion Sys­tem’. This fea­ture, ac­cord­ing to NetherRealms creative di­rec­tor Ed Boon, will of­fer “an in­fi­nite amount of op­tions for play­ers to per­son­alise their favourite fight­ers”. Just what kind of per­son­al­i­sa­tion this en­tails we don’t know but from the sounds of things it looks like it’ll be pretty ex­ten­sive. We’re hop­ing we’ll have a whole se­lec­tion of out­fits to choose from the se­ries’ his­tory and to be able to mix and match in­di­vid­ual parts. Maybe they’ll even add some ac­ces­sories, too.

A hint that this may be true ap­pears in the trailer. Af­ter Raiden kills Scor­pion by mak­ing his head ex­plode, an­other Scor­pion turns up be­hind him dressed in what looks like a mix­ture of out­fits; the mask from his MK2 days and the cloth­ing from MK3. How does this fit into the nar­ra­tive? Well, it’s pos­si­ble that we’ll be jump­ing around the MK time­line dur­ing the story. The

MK se­ries is no stranger to time travel, af­ter all. Raiden him­self went back in time to try and change the fu­ture. An­other clue that we could be deal­ing with time travel is seen at the end of the trailer. An un­known woman can be seen stand­ing in front of what looks like a giant hour­glass with the sand mov­ing back­wards. We think that’s a pretty big clue.

An­other el­e­ment of in­ter­est is this mys­te­ri­ous woman. Is she a new an­tag­o­nist or even a new ally? The de­vel­op­ers have stated that we’ll see both new and “Klas­sic” char­ac­ters. Who else is to be re­vealed? We’ll have more info in our next is­sue.

Below Get over here! Scor­pion is pos­si­bly the most well-known face of MK, and we love him.

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