Mortal Kombat 11: Release Date, Trailer, Characters, and News

Things got a bit crazy the last time we visited the world of Mortal Kombat. Raiden traveled back in time to prevent Shao Kahn from ruling the multiverse. Next thing you know, Raiden’s an asshole, Liu Kang and Kitana rule Hell, Scorpion’s a human again, Johnny Cage is immortal, and there are movie aliens and slasher villains running amok. It’s been about three years since Mortal Kombat X, which means it's about time for a sequel. 

Mortal Kombat 11 picks up where the last installment left off, promising even more brutal fights, a dark story, and perhaps a few different versions of our favorite characters. For now, here's everything we know about the next Mortal Kombat game:

Mortal Kombat 11 Release Date

Mortal Kombat 11 arrives on April 23. It's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 

If you pre-order the game, you'll get access to the Shao Khan DLC as well as the beta, which will launch sometime in March for PS4 and XBO.

Mortal Kombat 11 Gameplay

Mortal Kombat 11 mostly picks up on what Mortal Kombat X gave us, with a little taste of Injustice 2. The interactive backgrounds remain, allowing players to shove an opponent's head through a nearby spike or pick up a chainsaw and go to town.

The X-Rays are gone as supers and are replaced with Fatal Blows. Fatal Blows are more like the Rage Arts in Tekken 7 in that they're only available if your character has low health. They do the same kind of "that seriously should just kill them" damage mini-cutscene, but without the x-ray aspect.

The game includes "Flawless Block", which appears to be a parry/counter system.

The variations return from the last game, only this time you're able to customize the appearance of your fighters. Also, much like Injustice 2, you can mess around with the AI of your customized fighters if the computer is controlling them.

Mortal Kombat 11 Characters

Officially Confirmed

Scorpion: Obviously, as he's not only shown in two different incarnations in the reveal trailer, but he's once again on the cover. In the current timeline, Hanzo Hasashi is human once again but follows Raiden as penance. His own quest for vengeance against Quan-Chi allowed the coming of Shinnok to happen back in Mortal Kombat X. Due to the story's timeline gimmick, you can play as this human version and the more iconic undead one.


Raiden: Also shown in the announcement trailer, Raiden has been corrupted since the events of the last game. He now wields Shinnok's mystical amulet, has red lightning, and intends to wipe out his potential enemies before they can make a move.


Shao Kahn: Shown in the announcement trailer as pre-order DLC. Judging by the Goro and Darkseid DLCs before him, he'll have his own ending, but no actual connection to the main story.

Shao Kahn

Kronika: A mysterious woman shown at the end of the announcement trailer caressing a giant hourglass. She appears to be the new villain of the series. In the prologue, she slows and stops time while telling the decapitated head of Shinnok that this reality is not meant to be. Apparently will not be playable.


Sub-Zero: On January 17, NetherRealm Studios aired a big gameplay reveal showcase. While Sub-Zero wasn't shown off too much, he was one of the confirmed names.


Baraka: Although killed by D'Vorah in the current timeline, a version of Baraka returns to the roster.

Skarlet: The fake rumor from Mortal Kombat II made a real appearance as DLC in Mortal Kombat 9. This assassin is Shao Kahn's pet nuclear option. She gets her power from the blood of slain enemies and can even manipulate blood itself.


Sonya Blade: Now voiced by UFC/WWE star Ronda Rousey, Sonya Blade uses the same kind of sci-fi military tricks as she did in the last game.

Sonya Blade

Geras: Much like Kronika, Geras' powers are time-based. His move set uses both time-manipulation and sand. Some of it is incredibly inventive, such as being able to alter the match timer.


Kabal: Hinted at during the announcement showcase, Kabal was shown off during the initial Kombat Kast.


Kano: In a Brazilian stream, promotional images of Kano were shown, including him with a pirate costume.


D'vorah: Announced by Ed Boon with an image of her new appearance.


Unofficially Confirmed

Here are characters who are almost definitely in, whether they appeared in a split second of footage, on a menu screen, etc. For instance, there's a brief clip of what appears to be Cassie Cage (it doesn't seem to be a young Sonya) talking smack to Kitana.

Kung Lao
Cassie Cage
Liu Kang
Shang Tsung
Noob Saibot
Johnny Cage

Here's the announcement trailer that debuted during The Game Awards:

By: Gavin Jasper


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