Mortal Kombat 11 is an upcoming fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on the 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 is set to be 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 is now scheduled for a May 10, 2019 release.
NetherRealm Studios has such a good thing going, able to alternate its mastery of highly polished fighting game design between the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises. This year, NetherRealm is going back to its bone-crunching, intestine-obliterating roots with Mortal Kombat 11, which expands on the different playstyles of Mortal Kombat X’s Variations with customizable moves, and includes collectible gear in the same vein as Injustice 2. You can expect another extensive, lavishly rendered storyline in Mortal Kombat 11, which will focus on the corrupted Dark Raiden and the evil machinations of time travel.
Even after just a few months, 2019 is already jam-packed with amazing games, and it shows no sign of slowing down. With so many exciting titles in the works, it’s never too early to start planning for the future and figure out what you need to start saving up for now. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of the biggest new games of 2019 that we’re most anticipating, along with some sleeper hits you might not have heard of yet. It’s all ordered by release date for easy browsing, with weekly updates to expand the lineup (Astral Chain has just been added to the list) and account for any unfortunate delays. Be sure to check back regularly, and prepare yourself for another year full of wonderful games big and small.
- Best PS4 Games
- Best Xbox One Games
- Best Switch Games
Like its predecessor, 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.
Mortal Kombat 11 also introduces a Gear system, similar to Netherrealm Studios’ previous DC Comics fighting game, Injustice 2, but unlike the one in Injustice, this game’s outfit-based Gear system is largely cosmetic, its appearance not being tied to the character’s abilities. This said, in Mortal Kombat 11, as part of the character customization, players are allowed to create custom move lists, improving over the Variation system featured in Mortal Kombat X.
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. 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.