Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest announcement from The Game Awards 2018. This time, world-renowned “for-your-own-good” liar Ed Boon came on stage to interrupt the Best Sports/Racing Award with a spectacularly brutal trailer for Mortal Kombat 11.
Where In The Timeline Is This Game?
The trailer shows an evil Raiden facing off with what seems to be two separate versions of Scorpion. Yes, that’s an odd match-up, but it’s as vicious and gory as you’d expect.
For those who have somehow followed the absurdly complex events of the Mortal Kombat storyline, this does make some sense. Mortal Kombat X left off with Liu Kang and Kitana as the new evil overlords of the Netherrealm. However, the post-credits scene features a corrupted Raiden, who has just presented them with Shinnok’s head as a polite way of saying “stay out of Earthrealm.” Turns out that in cleansing the Jinsei, Raiden’s gone full edge.
But it’s not exactly clear where this matchup between Raiden and the Scorpions comes from. Maybe Liu Kang and Kitana are reviving Shirai Ryu members to work as their grunts? It would explain why neither of the two Scorpions looks like dad-beard Scorpion from MKX, and why one is wearing the Mortal Kombat 3 costume.
In any case, the trailer is radical, with great music that’s… quite honestly an odd choice for the trailer. But hey, the lyrics say “Liu Kang” at one point, so I suppose it’s a perfect fit.
The summary for the game on YouTube makes mention of a brand new variation system. Specifically: “The all-new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control to customize the fighters and make them your own.” This sounds like an expansion on Mortal Kombat X‘s Variations, which offered up multiple slightly different versions of each character.
Courtesy of this trailer, we actually know that Mortal Kombat 11 is due out on April 23, 2019, with more info coming on January 17. You can check out the trailer below.