×

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Gameplay, Fatalities, New Mechanics

Creator Ed Boon took to the stage during Thursday’s “Mortal Kombat 11” community reveal event to debut the first footage of the game.

The event kicked things off with a heated match between Scorpion and returning character Baraka. The game will include familiar returning characters as well as new faces. The first seven characters revealed include Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Sonya, Baraka, Skarlet, and Geras. Geras is a new fighter who can manipulate time. Baraka previously did not appear in “Mortal Kombat X.”

Character Variations introduced in “Mortal Kombat X,” will return, which gives three versions of every single character. Mortal Kombat 11 will feature custom variations that players can create themselves, as demonstrated during the stream. As is typical of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, brutal Fatalities will be making their triumphant return as well, which were outlined in a quick sizzle reel.

The game’s complete story prologue was shown off during the event as well, giving players a taste of what to expect from the “Mortal Kombat 11” narrative. Raiden is seen disciplining Shinnok in a grisly manner. The story picks up after “Mortal Kombat X” and introduces a time-traveling narrative where older characters will be seen meeting their younger selves. The clip reveals a story unraveling around Raiden, who has upset the balance of history after eliminating Shinnok. Kronika, the Keeper of Time, has grown tired of Earthrealm’s “continued defiance,” and as such will attempt to bring order to the universe any way she can. Kronika marks the first female boss character for the series.

Later on in the event, it was revealed that American professional wrestler Ronda Rousey would be voicing seminal “Mortal Kombat” fighter Sonya Blade.

There will be a Collector’s Edition available, which comes with a large Scorpion helmet as well as a steelbook version of the game. Pre-ordering any version of the game will net you Shao Khan, as well as access to the beta. It’s scheduled to begin on Mar. 28, 2019.

Developer NetherRealm Studios revealed its upcoming fighting game during the hotly-anticipated event at a worldwide premiere on Thursday. Events surrounding the reveal were scheduled for the better part of the day, with a pre-show kicking off at 10:30 a.m. PST and the main show beginning at 11 a.m. PST. The event streamed live from Los Angeles and London, with differing post-show content including interviews with pro players, celebrities, and other local flavor added in for good measure.

“Mortal Kombat 11” was originally announced at December’s “The Game Awards 2018,” where a debut trailer showed off a gory scuffle between seminal series favorites Raiden and Scorpion. Accompanied by a new track by rapper 21 Savage called “Immortal,” the footage highlighted some violent fighting moves and an interesting tidbit that sparked discussion among fans: why were there two different Scorpions locked in battle, including one from an earlier “Mortal Kombat” entry.

“Mortal Kombat 11” is currently set to debut on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on Apr. 23, 2019.

Developing…

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • Insomniac Games - Spider-Man

    Sony Is Acquiring Insomniac Games, Studio Behind 'Spider-Man' for PS4

    Sony Interactive Entertainment clinched a deal to acquire longtime PlayStation games developer Insomniac Games in its entirety, the company announced Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed “due to contractual commitments,” according to Sony. Insomniac Games is the developer of PlayStation 4’s top-selling “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and other PS games, including the “Ratchet & [...]

  • westworld awakening art

    HBO Launches 'Westworld Awakening' VR Game With Survios

    Ever wanted to enter the world of “Westworld?” Now you can — except it won’t exactly be like you might have imagined it. Instead of being one of those guests living out their fantasies, you will be a host, slowly coming to grips with your life being an elaborate illusion. “Westworld Awakening” has been produced [...]

  • Telling Lies - Logan Marshall-Green

    Sam Barlow's 'Telling Lies' Government-Surveillance Thriller Game Sets Release Date

    After more than two years in the works, “Telling Lies” — the investigative thriller from acclaimed game creator Sam Barlow — is ready to take the stage. The game, produced with and released by Annapurna Interactive, will be available next Friday, Aug. 23, via Steam and Apple’s Mac and iOS app stores. “Telling Lies” will [...]

  • David Messinger, Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO

    Activision Blizzard tapped David Messinger, a former 15-plus-year veteran of CAA, as its first corporate-wide chief marketing officer. Messinger, based in Santa Monica, reports to Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard’s president and COO. It’s the first time the video-game company has appointed a CMO who will oversee the global marketing operations across all of Activision Blizzard [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Is Leaving Facebook

    Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook 7 years after launching the first Oculus Rift headset with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Mitchell announced the move on Reddit Tuesday, calling it “bittersweet news.” Mitchell said that he would take some time off to spend with his family. And while he committed to still being involved in [...]

  • nomadic seoul

    Nomadic Expands Abroad, Opens VR Center in Seoul

    Location-based virtual reality (VR) startup Nomadic is getting ready for an international expansion: The company will open its first VR center outside of the States in South Korea later this month. The new location, housed in the CGV Gangbyeon multiplex in Seoul, is being opened in partnership with theater chain CGV and technology provider CJ [...]

  • Singularity 6 - Anthony Leung and

    ‘Meaningful’ Games Start-Up Singularity 6 Raises $16.5 Million Round Led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Singularity 6, the start-up founded by ex-Riot Games developers that’s aiming to create a community-oriented game where players “can feel like they are valued and belong,” closed $16.5 million in Series A financing. The funding round was led by venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from seed investor London Venture Partners (LVP), which previously put [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content