Mortal Kombat 11 was revealed last night at the 2018 Game Awards as Ed Boon, lead programmer at NeatherRealm Studios, took the stage to present the award for “Best Sports or Racing Game” of all things.
Mortal Kombat 11 has been a hot button issue ever since NeatherRealm Studios last game, Injustice 2, released it’s final dlc characters back in February. Word on the street was that Mortal Kombat 11 was supposed to be revealed at this summer Evolution Fighting Tournament, but to no avail. But Last night, we got our first look at Mortal Kombat 11…sort of.
While this is a cinematic trailer featuring no gameplay whatsoever, and is not necessarily indicative of what the final product will be, we can take certain cues and images from this trailer and posit a few theories about the new game. Yes, I am going to be making some assumptions here, which I hate doing, but everyone loves to speculate so here we go.
Right away we see that we’re back on Shang T’Sung’s island from the first game. The monks that were spectators in the background of one of the more iconic stages in the first game are now seen to be mere husks of their former selves, indicating that this game is several decades after the 2009 reboot of the series. While the last game, Mortal Kombat X, took place twenty to twenty five years after the rebooted timeline, this games seems to take place even further along than that.
Twenty seconds in and we see our first two confirmed combatants in the game. It should come as no surprise to anyone that Raiden is back as darker incarnation of his former self. And of course, Scorpion makes his return in Mortal Kombat 11. Sporting a brand new hood and a more ethereal appearance, this fan favorite character is back and is now brandishing two sword he seems very adept with.
At this point we see that weaponry may play an integral part of the combat seen in the game. After a vicious back and forth with Scorpion, Raiden grabs a spear that was thrust in the ground and uses it against Scorpion with gusto. It seems that there could be more interactive weapons found within the backgrounds and foregrounds of any given arena, making them more of a strategic element in the fighting.
While this may just be a moment from the trailer, Scorpion is seen grabbing one of the two bladed weapons he has at his disposal here. This may be the first indication that the “weapons” fighting style found in past Mortal Kombat games (Deadly Alliance, Deception) could be making a return. But, it could just be a cool action shot for the trailer.
The “Klassic” harpoon makes a return. Could Scorpion be duel-wielding harpoons this time around?
More shots of the weaponry fighting styles we may seen in the full release version of the game as Raiden brings the pain to Scorpion. As you can see here, Scorpions face looks like the finale of a Gallagher concert.
As Raiden delivers a brutal beating to Scorpion, you can see the pillar behind Scorpion is quickly buckling under the pressure of absorbing the impacts of Scorpion’s bady. Could this be a return of destructible and interactive environments?
Raiden pulls out all the stops and finishes Scorpion off with an explosive Fatality.
A second Scorpion enters the ring possibly suggesting multiple versions of characters within the narrative of the game. Time travel was introduced in the Mortal Kombat 9 and was not seen in Mortal Kombat X (from what I remember). Could this mean that The Kombatants could be squaring off with their younger selves?
We get to see how Raiden likes getting a Fatality.
Finally, we get our one and only glimpse at an as of yet to be identified woman…standing, I guess. Who she is and what she wants will be a mystery until we get our hands on the final game.
Pre-order now to unlock Shao Kahn and receive beta access. You can pre-order a physical or digital version of Mortal Kombat 11 on December 7th.
So according to the official trailer’s description, this game will feature character customization the likes of which we haven’t seen in a Mortal Kombat game before. This is probably why the trailer showcased two versions of Scorpion, and it’ll be interesting to see how in-depth we can go with the customization. Hopefully it’ll be more than just just changing the colors of somone’s shirt or giving them shorter hair. It is also curious that the now classic “X-Ray” moves were not featured in this trailer where they were front and center in the trailer for Mortal Kombat X. While this may not mean that they were excluded from this game, the developers may have just wanted to show off the possible weapons styles we could find in the game.
Mortal Kombat is set to be released on April 23rd, 2019 across all platforms, and I for one cannot wait.