This month NetherRealm Studios unveiled the first look at the upcoming installment in the uber-violent Mortal Kombat series. Series co-creator Ed Boon took to the event stage, along with various other personalities to showcase the many features of the game. Most of the information consisted of a gameplay reveal, some character announcements, story details, and some of the more technical aspects of the fighting.
The reveal began with our first look at some gameplay. The action pack trailer showed off many of the gruesome new moves. With our first taste of the game, we were shown characters such as Raiden, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero, staples of the franchise as well as some returning characters like Scarlet and Baraka. You’ll notice right off the bat that the animations and visual detail is incredible, stepping it up from the already impressive “Injustice 2” released by NetherRealm last year. Since the first trailer only gave us our first look, there wasn’t much but flashy action, but we got a more in-depth look through some other footage.
Some of the gameplay changes as shown in the trailers, are that meter has been split into two bars, one for more offensive moves or a defensive move. Due to this change, the famous “x-ray” moves now work slightly different, in that it works as a fatal blow when your opponent reaches around 30% in health. If you do happen to miss the fatal blow attack, you have the opportunity to do it again after the meter cools down.
There also comes some changes to the characters that are somewhat similar to “Injustice 2.” The character variation system makes a return in MK11, but with some interesting twists. You can modify your variation in a way not dissimilar to Injustices’ gear system, were customization was a core part of making the character feel more personal to you. Much like Injustice, this system won’t be mandatory online, as you can choose whether to use them.
When speaking about a NetherRealm game you can’t forget to mention the story mode. The story of MK11 picks up after the events of MKX, as Raiden has become Dark Raiden. The mysterious Elder god Kronika has become upset about the balance of time and the realms, and has changed up time lines leading to old characters, and new crossing paths. What this Elder god has in store, we’ll have to wait until launch to find out.
Some other notable announcements were that UFC Hall of Famer and WWE Star Ronda Rousey will be playing Sonya Blade in this iteration, a decision that’s been met with mixed reaction. eSports is a big area that the NetherRealm team hope to support more, and notable Pro eSport competitor “SonicFox” was also at the event and give hive thoughts on the upcoming title. Overall the reveal was a solid introduction to the game, and you can fine the game on store shelves or digitally on the 23rd of April 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.