Mortal Kombat 11
Mortal Kombat 11 is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3, it is the eleventh main installment in the Mortal Kombat series and a sequel to 2015's Mortal Kombat X. Announced at The Game Awards 2018, the game was released in North America and Europe on April 23, 2019 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In late January 2019 it was reported that the Switch version was delayed in Europe, and was released on May 10, 2019.
|Mortal Kombat 11|
|Publisher(s)||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Composer(s)||Wilbert Roget, II[b]|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 3|
|Release||Windows, PS4, Xbox One|
Upon release, the console versions of Mortal Kombat 11 received generally favorable reviews, which praised the gameplay, story, graphics and improved netcode, but it received criticism for the presence of microtransactions and over-reliance on grinding. In May 2019, the game overtook Kingdom Hearts III as the best selling game of 2019.
During the 2019 Brasil Game Show, Ed Boon announced that the story mode of Mortal Kombat 11 served as a conclusion to the saga that started since the first Mortal Kombat title and the storyline that was established in the 2011 reboot.
Like the previous two games in the series, Mortal Kombat 11 is a 2.5D fighting game. Alongside the returning Fatalities and Brutalities, new gameplay features are introduced, such as Fatal Blows and Krushing Blows. Fatal Blows are special moves similar to the X-ray moves in Mortal Kombat X. Like X-ray moves, Fatal Blows deal a large amount of damage, but unlike them, they only become available when a player's health drops below 30%, and can only be performed once per match. Krushing Blows are a special cinematic variation of a given special move, triggered when certain requirements are met, most like Brutalities in the previous game. Also new to the series is a Flawless Block mechanic, which allows for a comeback window after blocking an attack with precise timing. Another returning finisher is Mercy, last seen in Mortal Kombat 3, where the winning player can opt to revive their opponent, giving them a small amount of life.
Mortal Kombat 11 also introduces a Custom Variation feature which offers character customization features system similar to the Gear system in Netherrealm Studios' previous DC Comics fighting game, Injustice 2, improving over the Variation system featured in Mortal Kombat X. Each character has an initial set of outfits, weapons and moves, which can be further customized by the player. However, unlike Injustice 2, in Mortal Kombat 11 the characters' appearance does not determine their abilities, allowing the players to create custom move lists independently of their character's appearance.
Following Shinnok's defeat, a now corrupted Raiden plans to protect Earthrealm by destroying all its enemies and making an example of Shinnok, beheading him. This latter act inspires Kronika, Shinnok's mother and the keeper of time, to rewrite history in order to erase Raiden's interference. Two years later, a Special Forces strike team led by Sonya Blade, Cassie Cage, and Jacqui Briggs attacks the Netherrealm, with Raiden providing a diversion to aid them. The team succeeds in destroying the Netherrealm castle at the cost of Sonya's life. Kronika creates an alliance with revenants Liu Kang and Kitana, now rulers of the Netherrealm, immediately afterwards.
Meanwhile, Kotal Kahn, the current emperor of Outworld, attempts to execute Shao Khan loyalist Kollector but is interrupted by a time storm that brings Shao Kahn, Skarlet, Baraka, and younger versions of Kano, Erron Black, Jade, Raiden, Kitana, Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya, Jax, Scorpion, Kabal, and Kung Lao from an alternate timeline and erases Dark Raiden from existence. A battle erupts in Kotal's arena until D'Vorah transports Baraka, Skarlet, Shao Kahn, Black, and Kano to her hive, recruiting them into Kronika's fold.
Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Raiden appear at the Earthrealm's Special Forces HQ after forging an alliance with Kotal Kahn, whereas Jade and Kitana aid Kotal in protecting Outworld from Kronika's forces. Liu Kang and Kung Lao investigate the Wu Shi Academy and encounter Kronika's henchman, Geras. The battle ends with Geras escaping with powerful energy capsules containing Earthrealm's life force.
The Special Forces learn that Sektor, backed by Noob Saibot and a cyberized Frost, is building a cyborg army for Kronika. Sub-Zero and Hanzo Hasashi are sent to the factory to stop them. With Cyrax's aid, they shut down the cyber Lin Kuei, forcing Geras and both versions of Kano to revive Sektor and rebuild the cyber army. Raiden tries to consult with the Elder Gods. They refuse to help, but Cetrion, Kronika's daughter, gives him a clue to defeat her. During a later attempt, Raiden discovers the Elder Gods were killed, and that Cetrion betrayed them to serve her mother. Kotal and Jade go to a Tarkatan camp in order to turn them away from Shao Kahn, but Kotal's hatred towards the Tarkatans causes Jade to battle him before Shao Khan appears and captures them.
The Special Forces base is destroyed by the Black Dragon and the cyber Lin Kuei, with the young Johnny and Sonya captured in the process, the elder Johnny wounded, and Sektor killed. Due to the destruction of Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei Temple, Wu Shi Academy's Sky Temple, and Special Forces base, the Shirai-Ryu's Fire Garden is the only safe haven left to Earthrealm's heroes. Cassie leads a strike team to save her parents, where Sonya kills the younger version of Kano to erase his present self from existence. Meanwhile, Kitana, Liu Kang, and Kung Lao battle Baraka in order to secure an alliance between him and Sheeva. With their aid, Kitana successfully defeats and kills Shao Kahn, uniting the Outworld factions and inheriting the throne from Kotal.
Raiden sends Jax and Jacqui to get the Crown of Souls from Shang Tsung's island, but the pair are thwarted by Cetrion and present-day Jax, who had been deceived by Kronika. Hasashi is tasked with getting Kharon, the ferryman of Netherrealm's souls, to join their side so they can defeat Kronika. Hasashi fights his younger self and persuades him to join his side, only to be mortally wounded by D'Vorah. Scorpion drives her away and returns to the Fire Garden to keep his promise as Hasashi dies. Scorpion is then attacked by an enraged Raiden, who resorts to using Shinnok's amulet. Liu Kang intervenes, causing Raiden to see that they have fought in multiple timelines, and that Kronika orchestrated them all. Anticipating this, Kronika kidnaps Liu Kang to weaken the heroes. With Kharon recruited, a joint Earthrealm/Outworld army assaults Kronika's keep. Geras is dropped in the bottomless Sea of Blood; Frost is shut down, disabling the Cyber Lin-Kuei; and the older Jax defects to the heroes' side.
Kronika sends revenant Liu Kang to attack Raiden after absorbing power from his past self. After defeating the revenant Liu Kang, Raiden merges with him and becomes Fire God Liu Kang, acquiring the memories and knowledge of Kronika's plan through his revenant self in the process. The heroes breach the Keep, only for Kronika to restore history to its beginning, except for Fire God Liu Kang due to his godlike status, and subsequently defeats the revenants and Cetrion before battling Kronika.
Depending on the outcome of the battle, the story ends in three different ways:
- Non-canonically, if Liu Kang is defeated by Kronika, she decapitates him and announces the beginning of the New Era.
- If Liu Kang successfully defeats Kronika but loses one round to her, he is unable to bring Kitana back due to Kronika reverting history far too much, and instead, a now-mortal Raiden offers to become Liu Kang's advisor for as long as his lifetime lasts.
- If Liu Kang successfully defeats Kronika in two straight rounds without losing once, he manages to reunite with Kitana, and both make vows to create a new and better timeline and undo Kronika's mistakes.
|Initial roster||Kombat Pack 1|
- Initially locked, unlockable by playing Story Mode or via online purchase.
- Only available as preorder bonus or online purchase.
Along with series veterans including Baraka, Raiden, Scorpion, Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero, and others such as Skarlet, who returns from the 2011 reboot, four new fighters were introduced, three of whom are playable. Firstly, Kronika serves as the series's first-ever female boss character, who has powers over the flow of time, and had been supervising the events of the timelines since the very beginning of the events in the Mortal Kombat franchise. She is not among the game's playable characters. Playable fighters include Geras, a construct of Kronika, who, like her, has powers that allow him to control the flow of time, and produce sand-based attacks; Cetrion, an Elder Goddess with control over elemental forces, who is Shinnok's sister and Kronika's daughter; and Kollector, the six-armed Naknadan who serves as a tribute collector to the Outworld empire.
Mortal Kombat 11 was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the two parties also involved with the game's predecessor, Mortal Kombat X. The game was announced by series co-creator Ed Boon in December 2018, at The Game Awards 2018, with a trailer showcasing Dark Raiden and Scorpion fighting against each other. At the end of the announcement trailer it was announced that pre-order buyers would have Shao Kahn available as a playable character. The trailer featured "Immortal", an original song by artist 21 Savage, which was met with negative reception from fans of the series. While some critics thought that 21 Savage's distinct musical style well underlined the trailer's violence, most felt that the song's tone did not fit the trailer's theme, spawning a series of videos replacing it. After the trailer was revealed, voice actor Patrick Seitz announced that in seeing it he realized he had not been cast to return to voice Scorpion in Mortal Kombat 11, a role that he had played since Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe from 2008. Later the following month, Vic Chao, who had voiced Kenshi, Triborg and Goro in Mortal Kombat X revealed that a majority of the cast from the previous Mortal Kombat installments would not return in Mortal Kombat 11, himself included. Earlier, in December, Karen Strassman, who voiced both Kitana and Mileena in the previous two installments, had also revealed that she would not reprise her role as Kitana and Mileena, citing politics in gaming that affect casting. On January 17, 2019, a community reveal event was held simultaneously in Los Angeles and London. The reveal event featured, among many others, a filmed interview with Ronda Rousey, the voice actress for Sonya Blade. On March 22, 2019, about a month before the game's release, it was announced at C2E2 that actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa would reprise his role as Shang Tsung from the 1995 film and the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, while coinciding the announcement of the character as downloadable content. A public stress test of the game's online mode took place between March 15 and 17. Also, a closed beta was available between March 27 and April 1, 2019, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One pre-order buyers.
In February 2019, the mobile game that had originally been launched as Mortal Kombat X for iOS and Android, was renamed to Mortal Kombat Mobile as it received its 2.0 update, incorporating Mortal Kombat 11 content in the process. Among these changes, the graphics engine was transitioned from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4. The app has 50 million downloads on Android.
The game was released on April 23, 2019, across Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and coming soon to Stadia this fall. With the Nintendo Switch release, this marks Mortal Kombat 11 to be the first game in the series to be released on a Nintendo console since Mortal Kombat: Armageddon was released for the Wii in 2007.
At C2E2 on March 22, 2019, Shang Tsung was announced as the first downloadable character, who is returning from the 2011 reboot, featuring the voice and likeness of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. On May 31, 2019, five additional fighters were announced to be released under the first Kombat Pack with Shang Tsung. Three of the confirmed characters were Nightwolf and Sindel, both returning from the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, and Spawn from Image Comics by Todd McFarlane, making his promised debut in the series as a guest character and featuring Keith David reprising the role as the titular character since Todd McFarlane's Spawn. In February 2015, McFarlane granted Netherrealm a limited window of permission to use Spawn as a guest character for their titles. However, on April 2015, Ed Boon revealed that Spawn had been discussed as a potential guest character early in development, but that he did not know McFarlane had made the offer until after the release of Mortal Kombat X. Leading up to a Reddit AMA in December 2018 where McFarlane hinted that Spawn will indeed be in Mortal Kombat 11. During San Diego Comic-Con 2019, McFarlane expresses enthusiasm on Spawn's inclusion on his behalf that gave the developers at NetherRealm Studios creative freedom on how Spawn is being portrayed in the game.
On August 1, 2019, a humorous teaser that pokes fun on the whereabouts on the entirety of the Kombat Pack was uploaded moments after the Nightwolf trailer, confirming the trailer's release date on August 21, 2019. The remaining two guest characters were revealed on the day of the trailer's release. These were the T-800 model from the Terminator franchise and the Joker from DC Comics, marking his return to the series since Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe after being a playable character in the Injustice series. As a tie-in release to Terminator: Dark Fate, the Terminator's facial likeness and capture were provided by Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the character voiced by Chris Cox, who was appointed by Schwarzenegger himself. In a December 2015 interview, Ed Boon revealed that like Spawn, the Terminator had been considered as a guest character for Mortal Kombat X. The reveal for the Joker's design was met with negative reception, generating a wave of online fans comparing it to a poor cosplay.
Like Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat 11 received skin packs included in the Kombat Pack, normally consisting three character skins per pack bring up a total of eighteen skins all together. A small number of single skins were released for free such as a Harley Quinn inspired skin for Cassie Cage and a Dimitri Vegas skin for Sub-Zero, featuring Vegas himself providing the voice for the skin as Sub-Zero. In October 2019, a Halloween skin pack was released for free. In November 2019, a Gothic horror skin pack was released.
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Mortal Kombat 11 received "generally favorable" reviews from critics, according to the review aggregator website Metacritic. IGN praised the more slow-paced combat compared to the previous game in the series, as well as the expanded tutorial, story mode and improved netcode. However, it condemned the game's drawn-out progression and customization unlock system, which was described as "frustratingly gimmicky and grindy".
In North America, Mortal Kombat 11 was the best selling video game software for the month of April. This, along with Fortnite, contributed to digital game sales reaching over $8.8 billion in April. In June 2019, Mortal Kombat 11 surpassed the sales of Kingdom Hearts III, the best selling game of 2019 to date.
Mortal Kombat 11 proceeded to be the best selling video game software in North America for the following month of May, for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The sales of the game is nearly doubled comparably to previous entries of the series.
It was the 4th most downloaded game on the European PlayStation Store charts.
The game reached number 1 in Australia, and number 2 in New Zealand.
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