Mortal Kombat 11‘s recent live reveal event just unleashed a calvalcade of new trailers to enjoy and dissect.
While we knew that Scorpion and Raiden were returning, the official gameplay reveal trailer showed that Baraka, Sonya Blade (played by UFC Hall of Famer Rhonda Rousey), Sub-Zero, Skarlet, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and a new character called Geras. Preordering the title will also get you Shao Khan. The gameplay trailer shows off the bloodiest and goriest action we’ve ever seen in a Mortal Kombat series (and that’s saying a lot), as well as each character’s special moves. Kabal was also briefly teased during the live reveal event, but he didn’t make it into the trailer. What isn’t clear is if all the characters shown in the trailer are actually playable, as Liu Kang and Kung Lao weren’t actually seen fighting. Overall, the reveal event showed 25 character spots on the roster, though that might change with unlockable, secret characters.
Thankfully, developer NetherRealm Studios didn’t skimp on Mortal Kombat 11‘s Fatalities, giving us an entirely separate trailer for those. My personal favorites are Baraka ripping Scorpion’s face off (and eating his brain, as seen during the reveal event) and Sonya juggling Baraka in the air until the helicopter blades spinning above him chop him to bits. (Should I seek help? Nah, I’m probably fine.)
As for the new character, NetherRealm dedicated an entire trailer to Geras. He seems to serve Kronika, the Keeper of Time, and has a bunch of time- and sand-bending special moves at his disposal, including one that lets him trade places with a sand dummy wherever it is on the stage and another that helps him recover from attacks quickly. He looks like a solid addition to the cast with a ton of mix-up potential.
Finally, we got our first look at how the story will take off and what role the mysterious Kronika will play. Raiden is on a rampage, torturing Shinok after defeating him in combat before cutting off his head and sending it as a warning to the resurrected Liu Kang in the Netherrealm. That doesn’t sit well with Kronika, who’s displeased with how Raiden is disrupting the balance of history in his mission for revenge and to protect Earthrealm.
All in all, there’s a ton of new information to digest, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for more details when the first Kombat Kast goes live on January 30th.
Mortal Kombat 11 launches on April 23rd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC and on May 11th for Nintendo Switch following a delay.