by Matthew Rondina
Mortal Kombat 11 has finally been revealed, and it looks to shake things up in the esports fighting scene once again.
The curtain was pulled back in Los Angeles by none other than Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise. Met with raucous applause Boon along with NetherRealm revealed many new exciting characters and features that will help modernize the gameplay of the classic franchise.
Kombatants Old and New
The game’s story, characters and new gameplay additions were on display melding new and old elements, much to the delight of fans in attendance.
The title’s reveal introduced quite a few characters, old favorites like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade and Raiden all made an appearance. The character selection screen showed a total of 25 possible fighters, which is sure to increase with DLC characters down the road.
Olympian, UFC champion and WWE star Ronda Rousey officially announced she is the voice for Sonya Blade, bringing an extra edge to the character. It will be interesting to see if there is more prominence placed on the character with such a big celebrity behind her.
Along with the cast of familiar kombatants, new additions to the roster were introduced in Geras and Kronika.
Geras uses the manipulation of time along with stone and sand to unleash savage attacks. An example of what he’s capable of was shown when the fighter froze time and used massive sandstone hands to pummel helpless opponents locked in midair.
Kronika on the other hand wasn’t shown in action, and it isn’t known if she’ll be a playable character. She appears to be masterminding much of what is taking place storywise in MK11 with Geras acting as an agent of sorts for her. Nothing has been confirmed, but I think it’s a safe bet to say Kronika will eventually join the playable roster.
In the story trailer it’s clear that Kronika will use her time-shifting powers to force characters to face off against different versions of themselves; old, young and alternate timelines. The new, mysterious Kronika looks to add a new interesting layer of story to the mix of fighters.
New Kombat Additions
MK11 looks to be taking many cues from Injustice 2, allowing players to chose different weapons, skins and intros.
The gore has been dialed up in stomach churning new ways, doubling down on the visceral experience the series is known for. Fatalities are more cinematic, and have been extended to really drive home the gruesome nature of the kombat.
The new mechanic introduced, known as “Fatal Blow” becomes available a player’s health drops below 30%, allowing you to unleash devastating attacks. If you are getting pummeled by an opponent and your health dips below the 30% threshold, you can unleash the devastating attack to get yourself back into the round.
Mortal Kombat 11’s multiplayer beta kicks off on March 28, with the full release coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on April 23, 2019.
About the Author: Matthew Rondina
Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been passionate about technology and gaming for over 20 years. Follow Matthew’s gaming adventures on twitter and join in on the fun!