News Archive - October, 2020
MK Online's Survival Saturdays Returns This Week
Who's next?

Have you got what it takes to be the ultimate survivor? Mortal Kombat Online's Survival Saturdays returns this week for a new season of live streaming weekend warriors! Stream Team host Survived_Kombatants will be joined by an army of special guests as the kommunity competes for weekly supremacy and a season prize purse! Read on for details:

It all begins again October 24th when players enter the Survival Saturdays arena to fight to the top of the SS Leaderboard in Mortal Kombat 11 King of the Hill on PlayStation! The player with the biggest streak at the end of the 2 hour episode will be crowned Ultimate Survivor!

The top leaderboard winner will earn a prize pot starting at $50, with kommunity Twitch donations welcome to up the stakes for the season finale!

Survival Saturdays will welcome a cavalcade of kommunity kombat guests to share the fun as MK Online streams right into the end of the year. Watch the SS Arena hype trailer above and check out the episode schedule below.

    MK Online Survival Saturdays Guest Schedule:
  • October 24th - History Behind The Warriors
  • October 31st - Keala
  • November 7th - TrueUnderDawg
  • November 14th - Kevin Colón
  • November 21st - Falkunn
  • November 28th - HanRoseDav
  • December 5th - Ulterior Gamez
  • December 12th - SakiSakura
  • December 19th - iHerbz
  • December 26th - Conflictus

Make sure you're following MK Onine on Twitter and Facebook for more updates and subscribe to MKO on Twitch to receive notifications when the show goes live.

Will you enter the Survival Saturdays arena to fight for supremacy? Cut a promo in the comments below and share your gamertag to the Gameplay & Matchmaking forum. Find and discuss more from the latest game by entering the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate John Rambo Trailer
Do we get to win this time?

Don't push it or he'll give you a war you won't believe. John Rambo is the latest guest character to leap from the big screen into the playable ranks of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate! Find out exactly why he's your worst nightmare in the latest gameplay spotlight trailer. Watch:

Sylvester Stallone lends gravitas to the presentation, providing both voice and likeness to the Kombat Pack 2 guest fighter. Sly may've had to literally phone it in, but he's given his all in a performance as weighty as 1982's First Blood. It's sure to give him the edge as fans play out a classic box office rivalry against Terminator's Arnold Schwarzenegger -- in image, if not voice.

Rambo's fighting style is brutal and direct, employing the deadly techniques that made him a decorated member of the United States Special Forces. Heavy munitions are available when necessary, but Rambo favours guerilla tactics to catch his opponents in a trap and finish them off with devastating efficiency. You aren't hunting him -- he's hunting you!

Rambo uses knives to execute fast and efficient stabbing strikes in many moves, proving he's more than just another gun toting action hero. He also fights with a quiver stocked with trademark explosive arrows, and can trigger traps hidden throughout the arena.

The trailer also offers a glimpse of several familiar outfits from First Blood, Rambo: First Blood II, and Rambo III. Players can wear the improvised tarp from the first film, military issue jacket, or other customized combinations.

Rambo is licensed by StudioCanal and will be available to download starting November 17th for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and PC. Revisit the Kombat Pack 2 Reveal Trailer and character mini-bios for more and discover more in the Mortal Kombat 11!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Rain Gameplay Trailer
Be water, my friend!

Rain is fighting for his place among the Edenian pantheon and he's wielding a whole new bag of deadly demigod tricks when he returns to battle in Kombat Pack 2! Watch the official gameplay reveal trailer to see what's in store:

The latest character reveal showcases a range of customizable gear options and deadly combo potential. Water can flow or water can crash, and Rain has developed his mystic mastery over the element for a whole new arsenal and gameplay experience!

The old favourites are still there, with water orb and lightning summons, but Rain will be an even more slippery storm warrior when he liquefies himself to dodge projectiles, and fake opponents into a go behind assault!

Delivering deadly damage to the back is his new hand-wielded katar blade that can extended into a three-pronged claw. Rain can also ride a jetstream to boost into fast flying kicks, become water for a charging ball-grab combo, or blast his foes with watery spears. All setting up for the coup de grace of a water disc that explodes into a fountain of flesh flaying fatality!

Rain's exciting newfound gameplay comes courtesy of demigod mastery over a "previously unknown water realm" that he can access via portals to summon waves to wash away opponents like Kotal Kahn, Shao Kahn, Sindel!

Trainspotters will have enjoyed the exchange of intro dialogue at the start of the trailer, where Rain questions Kotal about his minions. Reptile and Ermac served Outworld's new emperor during Mortal Kombat X, but haven't made the playable cut in MK11.

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Trailer Reveals Kombat Pack 2 & More]

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and PC starting November 17th. You can pre-order now, with a special Kollector's Edition available in applicable regions. Or simply upgrade your game with the Kombat Pack 2 download for $14.99.

If you wish it would rain down on you, you can catch-up on more from the son of Argus with official render art, hi-resolution screenshots, character mini-bio, and the Kombat Pack 2 Reveal Trailer! Share your thoughts about Rain in the comments below and discover even more in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

MK11 Noob Saibot Mortal Kombat Mobile Trailer
Noob casts a shadow in MK Mobile!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate isn't the only game about to get an injection of new characters! Noob Saibot is the latest fighter set to make the leap from MK11 into Mortal Kombat Mobile! Watch the reveal trailer right here:

Watch: MK11 Noob Reveal Trailer | MK Mobile Gameplay Trailer

The inky wraith will be able to rekindle his rivalry with MK11 versions of klassic foes Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while also reforging an alliance with his Deception tag team partner Triborg Smoke, or the recently added Klassic Smoke!

MK Mobile has plenty of updates coming, including the Tower of Horror set to rise from the grave in time for Halloween with new survival mode and exclusive Faction War Season rewards.

You can prepare for Noob Saibot's imminent arrival by downloading Mortal Kombat Mobile for free on iOS or Android via the AppStore or Google Play! Share your thoughts about Noob's newest outing in the comments below and discuss more mobile on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Designer Confirms Undiscovered Secret
There is no knowledge that is not power.

In November, MK11 will expand into Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, but the arrival of Kombat Pack 2 isn't the only thing waiting to be discovered on current & next gen consoles. A designer who worked on the game has confirmed the existence of an undiscovered secret that's been lingering in the game since release!

NetherRealm Studios Designer Aaron Davis made the bombshell claim on Twitter, revealing the presumed undiscovered secret involves something done during a match.

Mortal Kombat X started a tradition of secret and unlockable brutalities, but Davis also confirmed the secret is not a brutality, while responding to a $100 bounty placed on its discovery by the r/MortalKombat Reddit fan community.

It's been a while since the series has delivered one of its truly iconic hidden or unlockable characters, but an unresolved June discovery by prolific data-miner @thethiny has drawn speculation towards an undiscovered secret fight in Towers of Time.

Mortal Kombat X featured a hidden Reptile fight in the Klassic Premier Tower. Could something similar still be lurking within MK11? Share your theories & discoveries in the comments below and check out more in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Rain Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack 2 Render Art
A chance of purple Rain!

Rain makes his regal return as one of two playable klassic kombatants included in Kombat Pack 2! The Edenian demi-god will also share the cover of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate when it's released for current & next gen consoles next month. Take a closer look at his newest design in featured render art:

Rain is instantly recognizable in a purple & black combo, with highlighted gold trimming that emphasizes the Edenian storm warrior's status as the son of the lost realm's protector god: Argus.

The design remains very in keeping with the cult kombatant's other recent appearances, paying homage to his iconic redesign for 2006's Armageddon, while adapting the closed cowl of his original UMK3 and updated 2011 designs. It remains to be seen if this will have significance relating to the timeline of his return.

Rain's lineage was reintroduced in a recent character mini-bio, while the details of his design can further be examined in official hi-resolution screenshots. The past weighs heavily on this character, but he has a few new tricks as well, coming to the arena with a katar style claw weapon. It can be seen in the Kombat Pack 2 Reveal Trailer.

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Rain will be available as part of Kombat Pack 2 for $14.99 and MK11 Ultimate starting November 17th! Share your thoughts about the design render in the comments below and catch up on more information in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

NYCC: Ed Boon Talks Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Mileena & Movies
Fandom, fangs & film!

A time of global pandemic has led the world's favourite fan conventions to find conscientious alternatives to prevent the spread of potentially lethal coronavirus. New York Comic-Con went virtual this week, with NetherRealm Creative Director Ed Boon attending an official NYCC stream to celebrate the announcement of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. Watch:

One of the biggest talking points proved to be Mileena, who made an instant splash as one of the most talked about social media trends to come from the game's early morning Kombat Pack 2 Reveal Trailer.

In an off-the-cuff confession: Boon explained the development team "hit pause" on Mileena "just to create an appreciation", but didn't expect to be innundated with requests in the years leading up to, and including, the release of Mortal Kombat 11.

Boon attributed the ravenous response to the enduring, classic adversarial qualities of MKII's original color-coded sibling rivals, Mileena & Kitana. He compared their status with the instantly popular opposition of Scorpion & Sub-Zero in the first game. All four have continued to be staples of the series, even if they aren't always in direct opposition with their classic rivals.

Mileena reached a higher status during the plot of Mortal Kombat X, where she engaged in a civil war to reclaim the throne of Outworld. Her tumultuous reign as Shao Kahn's successor was also detailed in tie-in comic books, and ultimately led to her execution in MKX's story mode. Boon poked fun at her resulting absence with an April Fool's post, revealing in the NYCC interview that he only did that knowing fans would eventually see the character in Kombat Pack 2.

MK Rivals: Image sent by NetherRealm to fans who tweeted about Mileena over the years.

Asked about the upcoming live-action Mortal Kombat movie, the series co-creator revealed that he has seen cuts of the film, but couldn't speculate about a release. The very general response highlighted the difficulties facing the movie industry since pandemic restrictions, and the likelihood of the January 2021 release changing.

Enthusiastic interviewers also asked about the process of recording dialogue for film star Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role of John Rambo for the downloadable guest character. The actor conducted his recording sessions over popular video conferencing tool Zoom -- putting him one step ahead of longtime box office rival Arnold Schwarzenegger who did not record dialogue for The Terminator.

Watch the full 16 minute New York Comic-Conference call embedded above and share your thoughts in the comments below. MK11 Ultimate & Kombat Pack to arrive November 17th. Catch up on Kollector's Edition details, hi-res screenshots and more on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Kollector's Edition
GAME European exclusive!

Players in Europe are in for a treat if they choose to go the extra mile to order a region exclusive Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Kollector's Edition! The next gen disc offering is packed with bonus content, including a life-size collectible Sub-Zero mask and skin! Read on for details:

Available to pre-order for PlayStation 5 and Xbox, the Kollector's Edition is a GAME store exclusive coming November 17th for the hefty price of £229.99! Update: Australians can order for PS5, PS4, and Xbox from EB Games for $499.99.

Along with the 1:1 scale limited edition collectible Sub-Zero display mask, there's also an exclusive "Avalanche" Sub-Zero skin, Sub-Zero Ice Cube Mould, Steel Book Case, Kombat Logo Magnet, and Kollector Box adorned with a new sketch icon style rendering of Sub-Zero.

Fans may remember a similar standard Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector's Edition from last year, which included a life-size Scorpion mask.

There's currently no information regarding plans for a domestic American release, or other regions. PlayStation 4 is expected to experience a delay on disc copies in the United States until January. Check out the MK11 Ultimate Reveal Trailer article for more release information.

What do you think about the Ultimate Kollector's Edition? Are you getting one, or would you like to? Share all your thoughts in the comments below and catch-up on Kombat Pack 2 Character Bios, hi-res screenshots and more in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Official Hi-Res Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Screenshots
Rain, Mileena & Rambo in action!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is officially coming to current & next gen consoles in November with three new Kombat Pack 2 characters and pre-order skins. Get a closer look at the returning warriors in high resolution screenshots provided by WB Games and NetherRealm Studios! Right here:

Fan-favourite returning kombatants Rain and Mileena feature in dramatic stills showcasing frozen moments in a couple of their deadliest moves!

Rain is back using the power of water to conduct and contain "Blood Moon" Skarlet, while Mileena reclaims her trademark sai blades, and klassic Tarkatan maw, to stab and threaten the "Halt & Catch Fire" Liu Kang skin. Check thumbnails to also see John Rambo machine gunning the sky with the likeness of actor Sylvester Stallone!

The images give us a closer look at new designs for the returning fighters: Mileena has departed from both her klassic one-piece (seen in Kitana's Friendship), and the more recent pants & bustier update from MKX. A simple, solid pinkish-purple hue evokes klassic MK sensibility, while adapting more complicated unused fabric wraps from the last game. The time displaced Mileena also reverts to a more traditional, toothy Tarkatan grin.

Rain remains consistent with a purple palette on black, adorned in pale gold - as he has been since design updates in Armageddon. This time the Edenian demi-god is seen with a closed head wrap, more similar to his 2011 cowled design than the exposed top knot of Armageddon and MKX. This could address questions raised by his mini-bio. Check out character render art below:

What do you think of the new designs? What new moves will eacg character unleashed when Kombat Pack 2 arrives? Catch up on release details with the MK11 Ultimate & Kombat Pack 2 trailer and share your thoughts in the comments below!

Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack 2 Character Bios
Kombat Pack 2 profiles!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate expands the playable roster to 37 characters with the addition of three new fighters in Kombat Pack 2. In welcoming back Rain and Mileena, and inducting guest John Rambo, the official website has updated with a trio of new mini-bios explaining their status. Read on:

Long time fans of the characters will know the basics, but it's notable that the update confirms the return of a time displaced Mileena.

Fighting to reclaim her briefly held throne as Empress; Mileena was executed by D'Vorah during the civil war of Mortal Kombat X. Despite her demise, she was conspicuous by asbence in MK11 when Kronika recruited Shao Kahn and other loyal Outworld warriors from the past.

Rain (Position)
Growing up an orphan, Rain joined Edenia’s army. His strategic genius earned him quick promotion, which he used to learn he was the bastard son of the god Argus, Edenia’s Protector. Armed with the knowledge that he’s a half god, Rain battles for his place in Edenia’s pantheon.

Mileena (Identity)
Mileena is the product of Shang Tsung’s diabolical cloning experiments: a perfect blend of Tarkatan ferocity and athletic grace. Brought forward in the timeline by Kronika, Mileena has learned of her tragic future. Her enemies now must submit, or die.

John Rambo (Freedom)
John J. Rambo is a former United States Special Forces soldier deeply haunted by his time in Vietnam. He is rough, aggressive and is well known for entering exceptionally dangerous situations alone. Rambo has reactivated his ruthless fighting skills to infiltrate the MK universe.

Rain is another period appropriate character who could've appeared alongside time displaced fighters. Owing his origins to a play on words, the sometimes overlooked character was first playable in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and included as a late DLC addition in the 2011 franchise reboot.

A stubbornly non-playable character in Mortal Kombat X, Rain's exact status was left uncertain after disappearing in story mode. The mini-bio only addresses his standard motivations, leaving it open to speculation if this hooded version is a past incarnation, or present.

At the time of publication 77.8% of MK Online User Poll voters picked Rain as the best new addition. Mileena & Rambo captured global attention after the Kombat Pack 2 reveal trailer.

Catch up on all the latest updates by diving into the Mortal Kombat 11 forum and share your thoughts about these bios in the comments below! MK11 Ultimate will be released for most platforms starting November 17th!

Rambo & Mileena Peak Global Trends With MK11 Ultimate
Early bird draws first blood!

They say the early bird catches the worm, and a domestic morning start for the reveal of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and Kombat Pack 2 succeeded in capturing the attention of a global audience! The announcement generated two of the Top 10 global trends, dominating discussion in the United States over breakfast. Read on for details:

Proving the power of cross-promotional guest characters was Rambo, who reached at least the 6th highest Worldwide Trend in the hours after an explosive reveal trailer.

The iconic Sylvester Stallone character originated in 1982's critically acclaimed First Blood adaptation, amassing an international fanbase over a series of five films. The built-in audience no doubt helped push cinema's troubled war veteran beyond trailored "Trends For You" into genuine topical talking points.

Mileena dominated domestic trends for the United States, but not before she was a global phenomenon as the 9th most talked about topic on Twitter [pictured below].

Mileena isn't the first Mortal Kombat character to achieve the feat in the social media era. Johnny Cage benefitted from a similar early start in 2019 when his midnight Mortal Kombat 11 reveal trailer became a worldwide sensation.

This time the returning kombatant was helped by a massive social media campaign launched by NetherRealm Studios. Along with a pre-trailer teaser preparing fans, the @MortalKombat account undertook a swath of personalized replies to tweets requesting Mileena as far back as January 2019.

Mileena has become a staple of social media replies to Mortal Kombat news over the course of the game's lifespan. Creative Director Ed Boon could discuss few subjects without being inundated with Mileena requests, leading to an April Fools joke ruling her out indefinitely. Mileena was killed in Mortal Kombat X, but conspicuous by absence among Mortal Kombat 11's time displaced warriors.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Trailer Reveals Kombat Pack 2 & More
Your worst nightmare.

The klues have taken us deep into the jungle and now Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has us right where it wants us! Three new downloadable characters are confirmed for Kombat Pack 2 which will be available as downloadable content, or as part of a 4K next generation console release! Watch the reveal trailer for all the gory details:

That poor Tarkatan never stood a chance as Rain and Mileena step back into the kombat arena, with special guest movie character John Rambo confirmed as your worst nightmare with the authentic likeness and voice of Sylvester Stallone! The trio of fighters will make up the long anticipated Kombat Pack 2.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will compromise the complete works of the MK11 base game, MK11 Aftermath, and Kombat Packs 1 & 2, bringing the playable roster up to a whopping 37 characters, with dozens of extra skins, arenas, and more!

MK11 Ultimate will also bring visual enhancements, 4K dynamic resolution, significantly reduced loading times, and cross-generation cross-platform play to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. if you purchase MK11 or Ultimate on either PS4 or Xbox One you will also be able to access a free equivalent on PS5 and Xbox Seres S/X.

Digital pre-orders for Kombat Pack 2 and MK11 Ultimate will go live October 15th. New players can buy MK11 Ultimate for $59.99, granting immediate access to all MK11, Kombat Pack, and Aftermath content. A $14.99 Kombat Pack 2 upgrade will also be available separately, released digitally November 17th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia.

Pre-orders will also gain access to the Time Warriors Skin Pack at launch, with "Dark Web" Noob Saibot, "Halt and Catch Fire" Liu Kang, and "Blood Moon" Skarlet.

Please note: Physical copies for PlayStation 4 will be delayed in the Americas until January. MK11 Ultimate will only be available digitally for PC and Stadia, and on Nintendo Switch in the Americas.

What do you think of the Ultimate upgrade? Draw first blood and share your thoughts about the Kombat Pack 2 fighters and MK's step into the next generation in the comments below. Continue fighting your personal war on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for more topics!

Teaser Hypes Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Tomorrow
They are coming!

It looks like there's going to be a Mortal Kombat 11 announcement trailer coming tomorrow! An ominous teaser clip has been posted to Twitter updating the schedule with what seems to be an excerpt from a larger scene. According to the post 'they are koming' -- but who are they? Watch:

Blink and you'll miss the 1 second snippet of footage that shows a Tarkatan warrior running through a wooded area in low light. The snap of his head to look back over his shoulder suggests this fearsome creature is running from something -- but who, or what? We'll find out 8:00AM CDT, Thursday morning.

Last month we followed a trail of clues from Bohemian Rhapsody and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to a Serious Six and Kobra. It all seems to be leading to tomorrow's reveal, with leading guesses speculating the hints relate to potential returning fighters such as Rain, or Reptile. Gamesmaster Ed Boon confirmed that some people correctly figured out his clues -- but hasn't given anything away.

Intensive data-mining of Mortal Kombat 11 has fueled popular speculation that Rain, Mileena, and guest character John Rambo may be imminent.

Twitter user @thethiny started everyone talking with speculative evidence found within updated coding. This included references to "Ramb" friendships and gear labelled MIL. The jungle or forest setting of the clip could be consistent with the guerilla tactics of Sylvester Stallone's arrow slinging war veteran, Rambo.

Ed Boon began September by slamming misinformation, but has previously acknowledged the veracity of in-game leaks. Similar data discoveries revealed the cast of the first Kombat Pack a month early, and forecast MK11 Aftermath and its characters more than a year before it was officially announced.

Developers poked fun at the phenomenon of data-mining by including a comical reference to 'Kombat Pack 2' in one of Terminator's win poses. The briefly appearing list of characters appropriately begins with Mileena and Rain.

What do you expect to see tomorrow? Will a flaming arrow streak into the hapless Tarkatan, or could his surroundings reveal familiar terrain such as The Living Forest? Share your guesses in the comments below and be with us on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for tomorrow's reveal!

Ed Boon Reveals Mortal Kombat 11 Sales And Impending News
Answers coming October 8th!

NetherRealm Studios head Ed Boon has been teasing fans with cryptic clues for what lies ahead in Mortal Kombat 11. We haven't known exactly where the bread crumbs would take us, but we now have an estimated time of arrival for answers: later this week! Read on for details:

Boon updated Twitter followers while also celebrating a staggering 8 million copies of Mortal Kombat 11 sold! The massive figure presumably takes into account digital sales across all available hardware, demonstrating the broad platform that upcoming downloadable content will be made to sell to.

The success really comes as no surprise: MK11 was a dominant seller upon release. WB Interactive Entertainment President Matthew Haddad celebrated a record setting launch at GamesBeat Summit in April, 2019, also telling attendees there would be "years of content". Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expanded the story and playable character roster earlier this year in May.

Boon's latest cryptic teasers began with Bohemian Rhapsody, moved to A Nightmare on Elm Street, then settled on Serious Six and Kobra.

As we learned along the way: some fans figured it out, but we won't have confirmation of who until all is revealed. Most MK Online users are expecting a new pack of DLC characters with 50% choosing Kombat Pack 2 in the current User Poll. 25% chose Rain as a specific frontrunner based on Boon's Klues.

Update 3:15 P.M. EDT: The official Mortal Kombat Twitter account has posted a short teaser giving confirmation that something, likely a trailer, is set to drop Thursday October 8th at 9 A.M. EDT/8 A.M. CDT. More on this story as it develops.

What do you think is coming next? Lay your predictions on the line in the comments below and be on the Mortal Kombat 11 to brag or balk when the answers are finally revealed!

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