Mortal Kombat 11
|Mortal Kombat 11|
Cover art featuring Scorpion.
|Publisher(s)||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Composer(s)||Wilbert Roget II[b]|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 3|
Mortal Kombat 11 is an upcoming fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on the Unreal Engine 3, it is the eleventh main installment in the Mortal Kombat series and a sequel to 2015's Mortal Kombat X. Announced at The Game Awards 2018, the game is set to be released in North America and Europe on April 23, 2019 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In late January 2019, it was reported that the Switch version was delayed in Europe and is now scheduled for a May 10, 2019 release.
Like its predecessor, Mortal Kombat 11 is a 2.5D fighting game. Alongside the returning Fatalities and Brutalities, new gameplay features are introduced, such as Fatal Blows and Krushing Blows. Fatal Blows are special moves similar to the X-Ray moves in Mortal Kombat X. Like X-Ray moves, Fatal Blows deal a large amount of damage, but unlike them, they only become available when a player's health drops below 30%, and can only be performed once per match. Krushing Blows are a special cinematic variation of a given special move, triggered when certain requirements are met, most like Brutalities in the previous game. Also new to the series is a Flawless Block mechanic, which allows for a comeback window after blocking an attack with precise timing.
Mortal Kombat 11 also introduces a Gear system, similar to Netherrealm Studios' previous DC Comics fighting game, Injustice 2, but unlike the one in Injustice, this game's outfit-based Gear system is largely cosmetic, its appearance not being tied to the character's abilities. This said, in Mortal Kombat 11, as part of the character customization, players are allowed to create custom move lists, improving over the Variation system featured in Mortal Kombat X. Each character has a unique set of outfits and weapons, which can be further customized by players via the Custom Variation feature.
Following Shinnok's defeat at the hands of Cassie Cage in Mortal Kombat X, a now-corrupted Raiden plans to protect Earthrealm by destroying all its enemies any way he can. However, a mysterious goddess named Kronika, who calls herself the "Keeper of Time," is attempting to bring order to the universe through any means necessary, including getting rid of Raiden for tampering with the events of the past in the previous game.
Along with series veterans Baraka, Raiden, Scorpion, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero, and others such as Skarlet, who returns from the 2011 reboot, four new fighters were added to the roster. Firstly, Kronika serves as the series's first-ever female boss character, who has powers over the flow of time, and had been supervising the events of the timelines since the very beginning. She is not among the game's playable characters. Playable fighters include Geras, a construct of Kronika, who, like her, has powers that allow him to control the flow of time, and produce sand-based attacks; Cetrion, an Elder Goddess with control over elemental forces, who is Shinnok's sister and Kronika's daughter; And lastly, Kollector, a four armed jewel collector who serves the Outworld empire.
Mortal Kombat 11 was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the two parties also involved with the game's predecessor, Mortal Kombat X. The game was announced by series co-creator Ed Boon in December 2018, at The Game Awards 2018, with a trailer showcasing Dark Raiden and Scorpion fighting against each other. At the end of the announcement trailer it was announced that pre-order buyers would have Shao Kahn available as a playable character. The trailer featured "Immortal", an original song by artist 21 Savage, which was met with negative reception from fans of the series. While some critics thought that 21 Savage's distinct musical style well underlined the trailer's violence, most felt that the song's tone did not fit the trailer's theme, spawning a series of videos replacing it. After the trailer was revealed, voice actor Patrick Seitz announced that in seeing it he realized he had not been cast to return to voice Scorpion in Mortal Kombat 11, a role that he had played since Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe from 2008. Later the following month, Vic Chao, who had voiced Kenshi, Triborg and Goro in Mortal Kombat X revealed that a majority of the cast from the previous Mortal Kombat installments would not return in Mortal Kombat 11, himself included. Earlier, in December, Karen Strassman, who voiced both Kitana and Mileena in the previous two installments, had also revealed that she would not reprise her role as Kitana and Mileena, citing politics in gaming that affect casting. On March 22, 2019, about a month before the game's release, it was announced at C2E2 that actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa would reprise his role as Shang Tsung from the 1995 film and the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, while coinciding the announcement of the character as downloadable content. A public stress test of the game's online mode took place between March 15 and 17. Also, a closed beta was available between March 27 and April 1, 2019, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One pre-order buyers.
A community reveal event was held on January 17, 2019 in Los Angeles and London. The reveal event featured, among many others, a filmed interview with Ronda Rousey, the voice actor for Sonya Blade.
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