MORTAL KOMBAT 11
Save Earthrealm once more in the bloodiest tournament of them all
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.
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.