Things got a bit crazy the last time we visited the world of Mortal Kombat. Raiden traveled back in time to prevent Shao Kahn from ruling the multiverse. Next thing you know, Raiden’s an asshole, Liu Kang and Kitana rule Hell, Scorpion’s a human again, Johnny Cage is immortal, and there are movie aliens and slasher villains running amok. It’s been about three years since Mortal Kombat X, which means it’s about time for a sequel.
At The Game Awards 2018, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon took the stage to announce Mortal Kombat 11 with a brutal trailer that is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, it’s about as NSFW as it gets. You’ve been warned. The trailer is all cutscene and no actual gameplay, but it’s still very interesting.
Check it out below:
Okay. So. We have Raiden in his corrupt fascist state. More eagle-eyed fans might even notice that he’s wearing the magical amulet of Shinnok, the last game’s final boss. He gets in a violent battle with Scorpion, who is still in his human form. Even if he’s the face of the series, Scorpion doesn’t do so well and gets horribly murdered.
Except…here comes Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Scorpion?! What?! The official description for the YouTube video claims, “The all-new Custom Character Variations give you unprecedented control to customize the fighters,” so I guess that’s what that’s all about. Perhaps this is an evolution of last game’s variations engine mixed with Injustice 2’s armor system.
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The new/old Scorpion proceeds to get the best of Raiden and we get a very cryptic shot of a bald woman covered in a glowing, cloudy effect standing near a giant hourglass. What does it all mean? Did Raiden’s actions in Mortal Kombat 9 cause some excessive damage to the space-time continuum? It certainly is a good way to sidestep major character deaths.
Well, we’ll find out soon enough because here are the important dates:
– You can pre-order on December 7, 2018. Doing so will get you Shao Kahn DLC and beta access.
– The Community Reveal Event will be on January 17, 2019. This is when NetherRealms will show actual gameplay footage and give us an idea of what kind of crazy shit we’ll be able to do in the game.
– Sometime in March 2019, beta access will be available, but only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
– The Global Launch is April 23, 2019. Prepare yourself.
Mortal Kombat 11 will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We’ll have more news as it happens!
Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and has his fingers crossed for Mokap’s return. Read his other articles here and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L