Most the upcoming fighters in the first Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat 11 were revealed today. Hold on to your butts, because this is going to be quite the ride. We already knew that Shang Tsung was going to be first out the gate. Finally, we’ve seen what the sorcerer is capable of, and it’s impressive. However, five other fighters are also coming along in the first major DLC. Series veterans Nightwolf and Sindel are joining Shang Tsung, along with the game’s first guest character, Spawn.
Sadly, we don’t have any footage of the other fighters yet. In addition, we also don’t know who else is coming along. All we do know at the moment is that the final two fighters will also be guest characters.
We do, however, have plenty to reveal on Shang Tsung. The franchise’s first final boss, Tsung has left the confines of the Krypt to do battle on his own terms. Shang Tsung sheds his older form, returning to youth and looking just like a young Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who played the character in the 1995 film. He’s still a shapeshifter, of course, but that ability comes with an interesting twist. It appears that Tsung can only shift into one of the ninjas, including Rain, Smoke, Reptile, Scorpion, Ermac, and Sub-Zero. All of whom are decked out in their classic ninja gear.
However, it does seem like he has a special move used to shapeshift into the opponent he’s fighting. I especially love this move, as it causes Shang Tsung to exclaim “your soul is mine,” a line used by Tagawa in the Mortal Kombat movie. This game is just overflowing with that nostalgic charm. He even says it later in the video while pointing at the screen, a near perfect recreation of a similar scene in the film.
Your soul is mine!
Shang Tsung still comes decked out in many of his classic moves. He can shift in and out of forms, dishing out each unique ninja’s special move. For example, he can use Reptile’s slide and Ermac’s telekinetic slam. It doesn’t appear that he can move around much after changing, however. Instead, it looks like he can only shift to utilize a move before returning to his true form.
Of course, this is only a demonstration video, so he may have even more utility than what’s been shown. What’s particularly impressive, though, is when the trailer shows how you can string the shapeshifting into combos. When taking the form of his opponent, however, as we see with Raiden, he can use all of his foe’s abilities for a short time. Shang Tsung can still shoot flaming skulls as well as use them to juggle opponents, a move that has been a part of Tsung’s arsenal for years.
Shang Tsung wasn’t the only reveal, of course — we only got a taste of what’s to come in the Kombat Pack. Other than Tsung, Nightwolf, Sindel, and Spawn are also on the way. I’m particularly excited to see Spawn joining the roster. Many like myself have always felt that Todd McFarlane’s hellish anti-hero was a perfect fit for a bloody series like Mortal Kombat. Each new combatant comes with skins and gear. The video also confirmed the Klassic Arcade Ninja skin pack, which decks out Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Noob Saibot in their Mortal Kombat II attire.
Shang Tsung and the Klassic Ninja skin pack will be available on June 18 for those with early access. If you didn’t purchase the premium edition of Mortal Kombat 11, you have to buy the Kombat Pack in order to jump on the early access bandwagon. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a week to start sucking down souls. You can pick up the Kombat Pack for $39.99 USD.