NetherRealm held a panel at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend. The panel was built around revealing new information on the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11, set to release next month on April 23rd. So, get ready to fight!
A Long Story
Mortal Kombat 11 is all about the story. The team was very excited to talk about how this will be the most in-depth, and important segment of the Mortal Kombat narrative thus far. They plan on combining the franchise’s past with its future, in a very unique way.
Noob Saibot Revealed
One of the biggest pieces of news is the return of a major fan favorite to the series. Ed Boon and his crew showed off Noob’s new look, how he plays within the game, and even a brand new, and very brutal fatality. You can watch the trailer here.
Noob looks better than ever. He retains the classic moveset that he’s known for while adding more modern tweaks. His fatality is beautiful. I never knew how badly I wanted him to create his clone inside of his opponent and have it split them in half, but now I know it’s all I really want in life. His redesign is also great. The more armored appearance is a good break of pace from the standard phantom look he has going on, while still making him look dark and powerful.
Shang Tsung DLC 1
After the hype for Noob died down slightly, we also were shown Shang Tsung. While we didn’t get all of the same information as we did with Noob, we do know that he will be the first DLC character. His trailer was really just a short cinematic, but it was still a very exciting moment.
Other than character reveals, we were also given a hefty amount of game details.
- Animations create a full-length motion picture
- New Jacqui story teaser
- New Scorpion story teaser
- Multiple versions of characters like Mortal Kombat X
- Customize your characters. From appearance to move sets, based off of the rest of the franchise. Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 were used as examples.
- Built off of Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2
- Tower of Time is back and bigger than ever.
- Some Towers last hours, some days
- Endurance fights are back
- Single Player Tower Competition. Compete against other solo players
- Can team up with others to defeat Tower bosses
- The Krypt is back
- The NA Nintendo Switch version is not delayed
- No Microtransactions
What This Means
That’s a whole lot of goodies to go through. While some are expected, it’s always good to get concrete confirmation. The best pieces of news are the Tower of Time and the fact that the Switch version is expected to launch on time for North America, unlike some other regions. Plus an array of features and modes were shown as well. It will be great to bring the classic, even 2D styles of Mortal Kombat into the modern era.
We also got to listen as the crowd cheered as Ed Boon stated that there would be absolutely no loot boxes within the game. The Krpyt is what’s being used to earn new awards. With a gaming industry slowly succumbing to microtransactions and advertising (looking at you Street Fighter V), it’s wonderful to see that the team at NetherRealm isn’t planning on going that far. All I can really say is great work NetherRealm. I wasn’t very excited for this game, but your panel at C2E2 sure changed my mind.
With Mortal Kombat 11 just around the corner, what do you expect from it? Any new characters you think may be added? Or some old favorites brought back? Make sure to let us know what you think!