A couple of days ago, the internet exploded because the official Avengers: Endgame trailer debuted online and everyone is freaking out over a two and a half minute video of Captain America looking sad. Funnily enough, another trailer was uploaded to our glowing screens showing of a brand new entry in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. The dark and brutal trailer shows us an intense clash between series mainstays Raiden and Scorpion. This got me thinking about potential characters that could fill out the roster. While we can almost safely assume that people like Sub-Zero and Cassie Cage will be featured heavily, I was wondering about characters that we haven’t seen in a while. Also, what possible guest characters from other franchises and mediums could show up in an inevitable dlc pack?
So let’s get started, shall we?
While both of these characters a fan favorites, they actually have a lot of history together having appeared in the oft-maligned Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero for PS1. From a narrative standpoint they could make for a compelling B-side of the main story mode. Back in the Mythologies game, Sub-Zero uncharacteristically spares Sareena’s life, helping her see the error of her murderous ways. Seeing as how Sub-Zero later dies and becomes a demon in Hell (spoilers), Sareena could return the favor helping the elder Sub-Zero regain his lost humanity.
Sticking with characters that made their debut in Mortal Kombat game that was a platformer that controlled like a Mortal Kombat game, Fujin, the god of wind, is not only a massively powerful protector of the realm of Earth, but also a character that is one of the most fan-requested characters this side of Jade. While he was mostly relegated to cutscenes in the last MK game, it’s time for the big guy to step up from the sidelines and take the fight to the enemy. Plus he and the thunder god Raiden are totes besties, and Fujin would not just stand idly by as the thunder god succumbed to the dark side.
Every fighting game needs a bruiser, ad this spawn of the Neather Realm has been out for too long. While there are no real storylines or lore to this character that impact the overall story, not every character has to be integral to the plot to be a part of it. While Moloch is basically the pet of one of the series (former) main bad guys, this animal needs to be let off his leash a bit and show the good guys that they’re not as powerful as they think they are. Plus, since Liu Kang and Kitana are the new rulers of Hell (again, spoilers) who knows what kind of training this beast has undertaken. He very well could be unstoppable, provided he didn’t get killed off in-between games.
I really hope the theme to Mortal Kombat 11’s storyline is that of redemption. And there is no redemption story found in Mortal Kombat so far that is greater than that of Ashrah. Hers is the story of a demon that decides to put her wicked ways behind her and sets about eliminating evil one demon at a time. While she doesn’t have to be the focal point of the story, it would be a nice change of pace to see a person who is fighting for more than just the fate of the world in one of these games. We should see the story of a woman fighting to change her very soul.
Khameleon or Chameleon, it doesn’t matter which (the only difference between them is their gender), would make a great addition to the cast given Khameleon’s backstory of a fighter lurking in the shadows since the days of the first Mortal Kombat tournament, waiting for his moment to strike. It would be great to see just how bad things would have to get to have Khameleon/Chameleon step out from behind the curtain. Also, both versions of the character are an incredible visual unlike anyone else seen in Mortal Kombat.
Reiko deserves to be in this game purely because it would justify a pre-order bonus. And you know how cool it is to hate pre-order bonuses nowadays. Given Reiko’s position as a potential heir to the thrown in the event of Shao Khan’s death, it would almost seem as if we had a front row seat to a self-fulfilling prophecy. While self-fulfilling prophecies are mostly what Mortal Kombat games are about in a nutshell, it would be nice to actually see one play out. We would get to see the culmination of Reiko’s elaborately, hilariously, intricate plan to take over Outworld, and then we’d see him nail it! Only in America could that work.
While this guy is so slimy you can’t wait for him to die, which he did eventually, you can’t help but want to see what he’s going to do next. This shapeshifting, five hundred year old sorcerer has been the REAL threat of the series this whole time. I was surprised when he died in 2009’s Mortal Kombat, and I was surprised again to see that he was barely a cameo in Mortal Kombat X. That feeling of surprise, coupled with the tiniest amount of sadness, is reason enough for Shang Tsung to make a comeback. Considering that word on the street is that this game will see our favorite MK heroes and villains travel back and forth through time, there is little excuse for him not to be featured to some extent in Mortal Kombat 11.
Talk about a guy that never got to live up to his potential. Shujinko was the guy that was supposed to turn the whole series around and save the day. All he ended up doing was fucking it up some more. Perhaps fans didn’t like that this guy was basically suppose to replace series protagonist Liu Kang, or perhaps they just didn’t like playing as an octogenarian, for whatever reason, Shujinko just didn’t stick the landing with fans,but everybody loves a comeback and I think it’s time for the old-timer to have his day in the sun.
Frost…because she’s awesome. ‘Nuff said.
Ever since Kato’s’ inclusion in the 2009 reboot of the series, Mortal Kombat has seen some of the best and sometimes the most head-scratching guest characters in all of fighting games, and for think that Mortal Kombat 11 needs to follow that grand tradition. I don’t care if they make sense within the realms of the story found in-game (really, Leatherface?), I just want them to be characters that are fun to play and instantly recognizable.
This hellbound mercenary with a serious chain fetish has been on fans most wanted list for years. After not appearing in both Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2, it is time for this dark avenger to make his presence known within Mortal Kombat. And considering that this character is wholly owned by Todd McFarlane, you would only need one signature to get this guy in the game. So not only is this guy a serious fan favorite, not only would his look and power set fit right in with the other kombatants, but he may just be the easiest guest character to acquire.
Okay, I may be biased, and I know this isn’t going to happen, but if the Turtles can end up in Injustice 2, that Oroku Saki, The Shredder is the TMNT character we need and deserve in Mortal Kombat 11. Of all the villains found within the Turtles rogue’s gallery, none are as brutal, lethal and remorseless that the Shredder. While he may already look like a pallet swapped Sub-Zero, Shredder is basically just as dangerous as any fighter found within the Mortal Kombat series, but he also doesn’t have to rely on silly tricks like fireballs and shadow kicks, as it has been proven time and again that Shredder is just as deadly with or without his signature bladed armor.