Mortal Kombat 11: What you need to know

Twenty-six years ago, one of the best and, frankly, violent videogames was released. The legendary game known as Mortal Kombat!

On February 12, 2009, Midway Games, developer, publisher and owner of the Mortal Kombat intellectual property, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States. Warner Bros. acquired just about all assets, including Mortal Kombat. Then, in April of 2011, the company known as NetherRealm studios released the ninth instalment of the hit game series. Mortal Kombat 9, also known as MK 2011, was a success. With the most modern graphics at the time and some of the best fatalities to the series, fan swarmed this game.

Now, with just about a month left, the new anticipation for the newest installment of the Mortal Kombat franchise is climbing every day. As NetherRealm releases Kombat Casts for the game, they release new character details, with recent ones releasing confirmed classic characters like Johnny Cage, Jade, Kabal, and Kano. In additional to recurring MKX characters like Jacqui Briggs, D’vorah, Erron Black, and Kotal Kahn. The creators of this game even decided to go further into both the past and future to get characters such as Scarlet; a bloodbender from MK 9, along with new characters like Geras, the incarnation of the sands of time, along with Kronika, the Keeper of Time.

Geras’s official bio says, “Geras is the loyal and powerful servant of the Keeper of Time and Architect of the Universe’s destiny, Kronika. He wields power to manipulate sands of time.”

And Kronika, the new big bad and first female antagonist of the series who wants to rewrite the timelines. Her bio says, “Kronika is a character set to debut in Mortal Kombat 11 as the main antagonist. She is the Keeper of Time and Architect of the Destiny of the Universe. Due to Raiden’s new brutal policy in crushing potential evil forces that threaten Earthrealm, she sees it as an imbalance between the force of good and evil and seeks to balance it by rewriting the timeline.”

This new instalment of the game will show off, in addition to many old and new characters and moves, new mechanics. In replacement of the signature ‘X-ray’ move, there will be crushing blows and ‘X-ray’ blows worked into the gameplay and not as a separate move by itself.

The biggest change to this game compared to the others is the new implementation of timelines and the threat of a “Temporal Armageddon.”

Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23, 2019. Those who pre-order the game have access to the closed beta sometime at the end of March and the pre-order character Shao Kahn.