News Archive - November, 2019
Sindel Spotlight in Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast
Developers to preview Sindel gameplay!

Scream queen Sindel is less than a week away from making her playable return in Mortal Kombat 11! Before early access DLC begins August 26th, the developer will roll out the purple carpet for a preview with full honors in the next Kombat Kast. Watch it live right here:

Sindel is the fourth character coming from the downloadable MK11 Kombat Pack. She was given an official reveal in the recent Sindel gameplay trailer.

The Kombat Kast will stream live via Twitch at the regular time of 3:00PM CST, offering an in-depth preview of Sindel's upcoming gameplay in the hands of the developers! Watch it live in the embedded player above and shriek your thoughts in the comments area below!

Sindel Returns in Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer
Klassic fighter makes exciting return!

She decimated the fighters of Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat and raised Hell as a revenant in Mortal Kombat X. Now Sindel makes her long awaited playable return as a downloadable fighter in Mortal Kombat 11! Watch the official gameplay trailer:

The queen is dead, long live the queen! Sindel returns with a potent arsenal of special moves combining sonic screams, animated hair tossing, a deadly kwan dao, and a booty that will literally break faces! Whether she fights alive or dead, her experiences as a revenant appear to have enhanced her moves with a spectral presence!

Sindel comes with an array of customizable kombat designs that should please fans of all incarnations. Purple and black reign supreme, with layered fabrics, ornate royal jewelery, and rock opera leather that brings back memories of the good old days.

Mortal Kombat 11 has no shortage of customizable attire and skin options. The latest trailer also shows off the upcoming Gothic Horror skin pack, with vampiric Impaler Raiden, patchwork monster Geras, and Queen of the Dead Cetrion, as well as a separate "Klassic" look for Cassie Cage!

Sindel will be the latest additional fighter to become available from the Kombat Pack. As the fourth character following The Terminator, she'll be available via early access starting November 26th. If you don't have the Kombat Pack, you'll have to wait a little longer to purchase Edenia's Queen individually.

Will you be worshipping the rule of Sindel during her next royal visit? Make some noise in the comments below to tell us what you thought of the trailer and join the conversation in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Google Stadia Launch Includes Mortal Kombat 11
MK11 joins Stadia launch next week!

Digital giant Google has big plans for gaming and when their online platform Stadia launches - Mortal Kombat 11 will be among the featured games available to play!

Stadia doubles down on streaming technology, aiming to deliver a seamless gaming experience on your choice of TV, laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. It combines powerful hardware with server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage to create a one-click experience that will let you play available games as soon as you can think of them. Watching a stream on YouTube will provide an integrated window to click and play in an instant.

This new digital gaming frontier will launch in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and parts of Europe starting November 19th. Along with Mortal Kombat 11, day one access will also be available for titles like: Destiny 2, Red Dead Redemption II. Samurai Showdown, and the Tomb Raider series.

More games will be joining the service throughout December and into the future. Will you be playing Mortal Kombat 11 when Stadia launches next week? Which Mortal Kombat titles would you like to see on the platform in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below and visit Google to learn more!

Nitara Actress Confirmed for Mortal Kombat Movie
Kombat vampiress will return on the big screen!

Somewhere in the wilds of Australia the new Mortal Kombat movie is now deep into production. The live-action reboot will boast a roster of anticipated classic kombatants, but the latest casting confirmation has revealed someone fairly unexpected: NItara! Read on for details:

A behind-the-scenes Instagram video posted by Liu Kang actor Ludi Lin tipped fans off to the surprising inclusion. The clip features a tour of the actor's trailers, each labelled with their respective character's name, including a quarters shared by Nitara and Mileena.

Responding to fans via Twitter, writer Greg Russo clarified that stunt performer Elissa Cadwell (Aquaman) will play Nitara. Australian actress Sisi Stringer was announced in the role of Mileena back in August.

Rumors of Nitara's inclusion in the film first surfaced with an alleged script leak last year. The report was quickly condemned by producer James Wan and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon. Its source was revealed to be part of an early script draft, by writer Greg Russo.

Nitara was first introduced to the series with 2002's landmark Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. She was a winged vampire seeking to liberate her realm, later dubbed Vaeternus, from its merged status with Outworld. Her mission led to the manipulation of Cyrax and Reptile.

The inclusion will come as a surprise to most fans, who anticipate a retelling of the early tournament mythology of the series. Nitara had little to do with that period of the saga, which may suggest a minor appearance in the 2021 film. Other anachronistic characters previously reported to appear include Reiko and Drahmin.

Nitara's first bio screen from 2002 debut Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Mortal Kombat began filming in September with director Simon McQuoid for a theatrical release March 5th, 2021. Check out the new movie dragon logo and follow all the news and discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Family Guy Drops Klassic Mortal Kombat Reference
Long running animated series enables blood mode!

For more than a quarter of a century Mortal Kombat has been part of the pop culture landscape, and if you were watching the long running animated series Family Guy this week, you would've heard a familiar deepcut among its cavalcade of references!

Watch: S18E06 Blood Code Joke | S17E10 Fatality Joke

"Peter & Lois' Wedding" is the sixth episode of Season 18 and recounts the romantic meeting of the series' lead characters. Set in the nineties, Peter Griffin enters the scene [above] in desperate need of vital information: namely the Blood Code for the first Mortal Kombat on Sega Genesis.

Like most klassic kombat fans, Lois effortlessly rattles off ABACABB: the button combination that had to be entered at a precise screen during the game's startup. If done correctly, the Sega port would then feature the blood spatters Mortal Kombat was famous for -- a key difference that earned it favour over its Nintendo equivalent!

This isn't the first time Mortal Kombat has been referenced by Family Guy. Series 17, Episode 10 featured a violent confrontation at the dinner table that quickly escalated into a fight complete with health bars and fatality! Watch the embedded clip in the player above.

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Mortal Kombat has long exhibited a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor in its games, and it can occasionally be found at the intersection of pop culture and comedy. Jimmy Fallon went deep when he referenced Onaga on The Tonight Show in 2014, while Conan O'Brien has been more hands-on, playing Mortal Kombat X and creating his own Injustice character!

What are your favourite Mortal Kombat comedy moments? Run to the comments below to share the biggest laughs, or teleport to the 2D Kombat Klassics to discuss other retro codes and klassic characters!

Mortal Kombat 11 Crossover Rejected By Street Fighter Developer
Capcom rejected an MK11 guest fighter!

For decades the rivalry between Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter has spurred fans to debate the supremacy of their preferred franchise. A bona fide crossover has been a pipe dream for almost as long, but according to a new interview with Street Fighter V developer Yoshinori Ono, a formal proposal was rejected as recently as Mortal Kombat 11! Full story:

Ed Boon shared a happy snap with his Japanese counterpart at this year's Brasil Game Show [above], where the pair discussed the rejected proposal for a Street Fighter guest character in the latest installment of Mortal Kombat.

Ono recounted the situation in an interview with Eurogamer, explaining that the final verdict wasn't his decision: "There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters.".

Although Street Fighter has crossed over with many franchises, including American comic book publisher Marvel and rival developer SNK, it has rarely dabbled in the kind of extreme violence typified by Mortal Kombat. To date, most of Mortal Kombat's guest fighters have come from R rated movie franchises, with a notable exception made with toned down finishing moves for 2008's Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe.

Ed Boon did say he wanted to get a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat but wasn't allowed. Was it you who denied it?
It's true that a proposal for a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat was rejected by Capcom. But it wasn't me personally! There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters. I actually met Ed at the Brazil game show and spoke to him personally about it. So it's true - but I didn't make the decision!

Is it just the fact the two worlds don't mix?
That was the major concern of our licensing.

Mortal Kombat has lots of guest characters from various different universes. Is that something you might consider for Street Fighter?
We don't necessarily rule anything out. We've had our share of crossovers over the years - Marvel vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. From Ed Boon's side they had Injustice that had various universes colliding. It didn't work out this time, but Capcom is interested in doing that kind of thing. If we can get something we feel good about, we could move quite quickly to make that happen.

In 2010, former NetherRealm Studios developer Hector Sanchez called the eventual crossover between franchises "inevitable". Indeed, both series can still be readily found side by side in various action figure and merchandising lines.

The aesthetic and philosophical differences between the two series is ultimately what makes a crossover difficult, but so intriguing. The chance to see Mortal Kombat's icons reinterpreted with the visual flair of Street Fighter is an interesting one, but negotiating creative ownership and development of such a title may mean waiting for the stars to align. Capcom's Street Fighter X Tekken showed the dangers of an overcrowded market, leading Namco's counterpart title to be abandoned.

Capcom has resisted the temptation of crossover characters in its extensive mult-season run of 22 Street Fighter V downloadable characters, but iconic anti-villain Gouki appeared as a narratively integrated guest in Namco's recent breakout success Tekken 7. Ono himself notes that Capcom is open to these kinds of deals, and under the right circumstances, "we could move quite quickly to make that happen." A post-release exchange of DLC may be the most fitting way for a crossover to occur in future sequels.

With Ed Boon recently describing Mortal Kombat 11 as "the end of the story" -- could the future hold some kind of all-out crossover for MK? Would you like to see MK finally challenge the icons of Street Fighter? Take the fight to the comments below and tell us what you think!

Ed Boon Shares 2 Sindel Mortal Kombat 11 Screenshots
The scream queen returns in November!

Edenia's revenant ruler Sindel is set to make a playable comeback at the end of this month. Ahead of her official unveiling: Ed Boon has released two new screenshots of the DLC scream queen in Mortal Kombat 11! Take a look:

Sindel was last in the hands of players in Mortal Kombat (2011), but also made a non-playable appearance as a revenant in 2015's Mortal Kombat X. She will appear next as the fourth downloadable character in the Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack, following on the heels of last month's guest release: The T-800.

Boon teased a first look at Sindel way back in July ahead of her appearance in the Kombat Pack trailer. References to the popular MK3 addition have even made their way onto locations for the Mortal Kombat movie!

Are you hyped for the November 28th return of Sindel? Float into the comments below and make some noise for the next returning MK fighter! Keep your eyes on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for an official trailer and more discussion!

Mortal Kombat 11 By The Numbers
Infographic krunches the numbers of play!

Every action you take in Mortal Kombat 11 helps define you and your favourite customizable fighters. It also feeds into a massive database of gameplay information and statistics curated by NetherRealm Studios! They recently shared some of these numbers in a toasty infographic. Check it out:

Scorpion reigns supreme as the most used fighter in online and ranked matches, accumulating the most victories in the process. With that frequency also comes fatalities -- making the mascot ninja the most killed fighter, too!

Liu Kang has a competitive edge as the third most used character in ranked matches. Noob Saibot has the honor overall, featuring more heavily in casual and unranked kombat!

Mortal Kombat 11 has been one of the most successful entries in the long running series and that's reflected in a staggering 205, 262, 299 hours of play since the game's release in April!

The game recently added to its playable roster with crossover guest The Terminator, and will expand again at the end of this month when Sindel returns as part of the The Kombat Pack. Follow and discuss your own observations on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

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