News Archive - November, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11 Towers of Time Meteor Secret Unlocked
Secret Tower discovered!

If you've played enough of Mortal Kombat 11's perpetually updating modes you may've noticed a meteor streaking across the Towers of Time menu. The astral phenomenon has been a subject of speculation for quite some time -- and finally its secrets have been unlocked! Read on for more:

Efforts to solve the mystery of the rarely seen meteor were redoubled when NetherRealm designer Aaron Davis confirmed there was still an undiscovered secret in the game. Based on description this isn't his mid-match mystery, but it will allow you to summon a Hidden Event tower to unlock random Kombat League skins and other rewards!

The discovery was made by prolific data-miner thethiny, who shared his method in a YouTube tutorial [embedded below]. According to his discovery: the meteor will appear every 2 hours at 10 minutes past the hour, subject to time zone.

When it does: you simply input left, up, left, right, left, up, up to unlock the hidden tower.

Eagle-eyed fans corrected thethiny's secret code input, noting that the directional inputs mirror one of Mortal Kombat's most famous codes: the Sega Genesis Blood Mode unlock of ABACABB.

Special thanks to MK Online user Surgir_Da_Sepultura for sharing this item on the forums. Have you successfully summoned the tower? Tell us what you've unlocked in the comments below and join the Mortal Kombat 11 kommunity for more news & discussion!

Insert Coin: Midway Games Documentary Now Streaming
Out now!

Insert Coin: The Midway Chronicles is the highly anticipated documentary that revisits the explosive history of Midway Games -- and it's out now! Directed by Midway's own Josh Tsui, and featuring interviews with a cavalcade of gaming royalty, it tells the story of a pioneering company's legacy from the perspective of those who were there. Read on for the trailer and how you can watch:

Insert Coin has received a global digital release streaming now on Alamo On Demand everywhere except Australia & New Zealand! You can also find limited theatrical screenings on the official website!

Insert Coin has been a five year journey from community backed Kickstarter to finished product. Josh Tsui explained his goals in an interview with MK Online, noting: "Obviously MK was huge, but I'm really keen to look at all of Midway during that era. One highly underrated game was at the end of the 80s that truly affected almost all the games in the 90s: NARC."

The documentary covers behind-the-scenes industry anecdotes and the impact of blockbuster arcade titles like Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam. The film tells an oral history with perspective from MK co-creator John Tobias, legendary designer Eugene Jarvis, and MK alum like Kerri Hoskins, Sal Divita, Daniel Pesina, and even film director Paul Anderson!

Have you watched Insert Coin? Share your thoughts and review in the comments below and go back to the arcade era for more topics in the 2D Kombat Klassics and 3D Kombat Klassics forums!

Mortal Kombat 11 Klassic MK Movie Skin Pack Trailer
They're already here!

Twenty-five years after Mortal Kombat thrilled fans on the big screen: three of its stars are making the jump into video games in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate! Watch the trailer reveal for the Klassic MK Movie Skin Pack right here:

Fan-favourite actors from the 1995 movie are lending their likeness and voice to three new premier skins available now as a stand alone purchase for $5.00! Each skin captures the essence of their cinematic counterpart with designs inspired by the work of Costume Designer Ha Nguyen!

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras doesn't need back-up as "Island Bound" Sonya Blade, Linden Ashby is the real deal as "Hollywood Kombatant" Johnny Cage, and there can be only one Christopher Lambert as the sage "Protector of Earthrealm" Raiden who also appeared in French MK11 commercials.

The legendary cinematic kombatants will find the familiar likeness of Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa waiting for them as Shang Tsung. The beloved theatrical villain already reprised his role for the first Kombat Pack and as the host of The Krypt mode featuring many movie references scattered throughout Shang Tsung's island.

[Related Article: Retrospective: The Mortal Kombat Cinematic Universe]

MK11 Ultimate is available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X & S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. What do you think of the latest addition? Share your thoughts in the comments below and discover more from the movies in the Media & Merchandise forum! It has begun!

New Art Teases Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Movie Skins
Brilliant! Just brilliant!

Earlier this year the Mortal Kombat movie celebrated its 25th anniversary and it looks like Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will be marking the occasion with new character skins! NetherRealm Studios teased the addition with vanity shots of three of the film's leading characters. Take a look:

Movie-based skins have been a poorly kept secret in the age of data-mining, with in-game code betraying the inclusion of voice acting for Bridgette Wilson-Sampras as Sonya Blade, Linden Ashby as Johnny Cage, and Christopher Lambert as Raiden. Mortal Kombat socials played it coy with teaser art, but Ed Boon put it all into context via Twitter.

Mortal Kombat 11 already featured the likeness of film star Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Shang Tsung in the first downloadable character released from the original Kombat Pack.

Tagawa's voice can be heard guiding and chiding players through The Krypt, and fans eagerly anticipate the expected release of a Shang Tsung announcer pack. There are also rumors of another movie-inspired announcer pack.

[Related Article: Christopher Lambert appears in French Mortal Kombat 11]

What do you think about the inclusion of more movie references? Are there other characters you'd like to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below and talk more about movies in the Media & Merchandise forum! Or find more MK11 Ultimate news in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mileena & Rambo Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Render Art
Design spotlight!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has arrived with cross-gen krossplay support and a free upgrade for next generation consoles, but the klassics aren't being forgotten! Kombat Pack 2 brings back perennial favourite Mileena and action legend John Rambo! Take a closer look at their modern-retro renderings in official character art:

Mileena's design pays homage to some of her earliest digitized appearances, but adapts the belted accent on solid colour with a new approach. Layered fabrics give texture to an iconic pinkish-violet base, simplifying ideas we saw experimented with in Mortal Kombat X concept art.

The wrapped tunic matches Mortal Kombat 11's more modest aesthetic, and creates what feels like an achievable look for live-action. It will be interesting to see if there is any design confluence with wardrobe worn by Sisi Stringer, who was cast as Mileena last year for the upcoming feature film reboot.

A large, full face mask isn't just a conscientious flourish for our infectious times. The face gear offers full coverage for Mileena's now lipless Tarkatan maw, hiding the assassin's true nature until it's too late! A choppy hairstyle gives Mileena personality, but look closely and you'll notice a model that could very easily pass for Kitana -- a klassic conceit for the half-breed Edenian clone!

Customizable gear options will allow players to emphasize their favourite aspects of Mileena, with base costumes ranging from a helmet Shao Kahn inspired Empress look -- to a scrappy, half-shorn design that plays up her Tarkatan heritage! You can see some of these elements in the Mileena gameplay trailer.

John Rambo boasts the photographic likeness of Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone and is seen here with an iconic design plucked right out of Rambo III.

The character doesn't dress for style, but fans will be able to mix and match various customizable options and recreates looks from the various films. If you prefer a red headband, rest assured it's in there. You'll also be able to pass through town in a military issue jacket or improvised gear right out of First Blood. You can see more in the Rambo gameplay trailer!

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

Be sure to get a closer look at Rain in official character art and gameplay trailer provided by WB Games. You can find MK11 Ultimate and Kombat Pack 2 out now for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia!

Tell us what you think about the featured character designs in the comments below and find more news and discussion in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! Let us be a family again!

Mortal Kombat Producer Forecasts Movie Delays
Pandemic delays reshoots & release.

The long awaited Mortal Kombat theatrical reboot is expected to undergo indeterminate delays as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Producer Todd Garner commented on COVID-19's impact, which pushed back scheduled reshoots and delayed rumored plans for a teaser trailer. Read on for more info:

Theatrical release of Mortal Kombat was brought forward to January 2021 as of late last year, but according to Garner, will now officially be rescheduled once cinemas have begun staging a wide re-opening to the public.

The threat of peer to peer community transmission of the potentially fatal COVID-19 coronavirus strain has led to theatres closing around the world amid restrictions on public indoor gatherings. Australia, where the film began shooting last year, imposed harsh public lockdown measures back in March, when re-shoots were scheduled to begin, according to the Broken Road Productions producer's tweets.

A wide slate of cinematic tentpoles have faced existential crisis as they fail to find a stable release window. Christopher Nolan's Tenet broke early from the back in August, enduring a modestly successful $350 million box office. The director hopes this won't leave studios gun shy, telling Los Angeles Times, "I am worried that the studios are drawing the wrong conclusions from our release — that rather than looking at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much needed revenue, they’re looking at where it hasn’t lived up to pre-COVID expectations and will start using that as an excuse to make exhibition take all the losses from the pandemic instead of getting in the game and adapting — or rebuilding our business, in other words."

Today Warner Bros announced a different strategy for Wonder Woman 1984, which will open domestically in available theatres December 25th, with a simultaneous streaming debut on HBO Max. It will open to international markets December 16th, where HBO Max is not yet available.

The superhero sequel is expected to concede a significant portion of 2017's $821.8 million Wonder Woman box office, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers has remained in dialogue with cinema chain AMC to ensure some lifeline is provided. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot urge those who can to see it on the big screen as intended. The multi-platform release may provide a future model available to Mortal Kombat, if successful.

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat Movie Set References MK11 Fighters]

Seres co-creator and NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon recently revealed that he's seen a cut of the film. He spoke to the difficulties facing any theatrical release this year, but had no further clues to offer.

Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid, with James Wan on board as producer since 2015. The cast includes The Dark Knight actor Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Tadanobu Asano and Mehcad Brooks as Raiden & Jax, and Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade. Find and discuss more news from the Mortal Kombat movie reboot in the Media & Merchandise forum! Special thanks to kommunity members HurraPowers and gorostilllives for posting about this story.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Launch Trailer
FIGHT!

Two story modes and 37 characters coalesce for the ultimate experience in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate! MK11 is out now on two generations of consoles with three new characters and a whole game to re-experience on new hardware! Get hyped with the official launch trailer:

Players who purchase Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will be eligible for a free next gen upgrade available in an upcoming update. Fans on Sony and Microsoft hardware will also be able to look forward to playing across consoles and generations with updated Krossplay!

MK11 Ultimate is out now for PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X & S, X1, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia! Purchase Kombat Pack 2 to add Mileena, Rain, and John Rambo to your game now! Share your experiences in the comments below and find more topics in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Rambo vs Terminator Mortal Kombat 11 Trailers
STALLONE vs SCHWARZNEGGER!

For decades Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger battled it out at the box office as two of the world's biggest action movie stars. Now fans can finally settle the score when John Rambo faces The Terminator in the arena of Mortal Kombat 11! Watch the coming attractions right here:


Watch: John Rambo Wins | Terminator Wins

The imminent arrival of Rambo in Kombat Pack 2 brings his guerilla Special Forces tactics into conflict with the soldier of the future: the robot killing machine known as the T-800. Choose your winner from the two latest trailers above to celebrate tomorrow's official relaese of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate!

It's not the first time Mortal Kombat has hosted iconic pop culture rivals. Terminator already met his match in similar Robocop vs Terminator previews. Alien's Xenomorph and Predator also did battle as part of Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 2!

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

MK11 Ultimate and Kombat Pack 2 are officially released November 17th for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia! Sony and Microsoft players are eligible for a free next gen upgrade and cross-gen krossplay!

Catch up on official gameplay trailers for Mileena, Rain, and John Rambo. Tell us who wins the epic movie match-up in the comments below and find & discuss even more in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Cross Generation Krossplay Confirmed
PlayStation & Xbox only!

Mortal Kombat 11 Krossplay will become "Kross Generation" when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles welcome Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate next week! NetherRealm Studios confirmed the update to online play with a social media post, also addressing confusion caused by a WB Games post. Full story:

Krossplay function was introduced to Mortal Kombat 11 with beta trials last December, allowing players to do battle across the divide of Sony and Microsoft consoles. Casual matches will be retooled November 17th to accommodate players on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X & S, and Xbox One!

PC and Nintendo Switch will not be part of the Krossplay update. The developer clarified their ommission after WB Games Latino had implied the third-party ports would be included in the update.

Differences in development staff and technology are one cause that may challenge balanced online play and server maintenance between the more popular competitive platforms, and PC & Switch.

MK11 is free to upgrade if you already own it on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. The Xbox Series X & S have officially entered the market, with PS5 set to follow in major markets starting November 12th. You can get Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for all of the platforms covered, and Google Stadia, starting November 17th!

Kombat Pack 2 will also be available for existing players, adding Mileena, Rain and Rambo! Click their names to check out each gameplay trailer preview and tell us how you'll be playing in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

WB Games Latino Promotes Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Crossplay
PC & Nintendo [not] included.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate will be free to upgrade to next gen consoles for players who purchase on PlayStation and Xbox, but those aren't the only consoles with crossover appeal. An update by Warner Brothers' Spanish language branch has promoted cross-platform online for the four major platforms! Full story:

WB Games Latino shared a graphic with Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC represented under a slogan loosely translated to: "Kombat is now all against all". It comes with a tweet that says the console doesn't matter anymore -- cross-platform combat only in Mortal Kombat11 Ultimate.

Update (November 11th): NetherRealm Studios has clarified that Nintendo Switch and PC will not be part of a cross generation Krossplay update. Follow the link for the full story.

The implication brings PC and Nintendo Switch into the cross-play arena, which began online trials in December last year with PS4 and Xbox One. The update doesn't mention PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series specifically, but with the next gen consoles arriving in the coming week clarification is expected.

MK11 Ultimate is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X & S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch,.PC, and Google Stadia beginning November 17th! Check out spotlight gameplay trailers for Kombat Pack 2 characters Mileena, Rain & Rambo.

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Kollector's Edition]

Do you look forward to playing against an even larger pool of opponents? What else do you hope to see in MK11 Ultimate's online? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check out more on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mileena Trailer a Global MK11 Ultimate Trend
Thousands of souls welcome her!

As drama surrounding the United States Presidential election overshadows much of the discourse online; fans around the world found a welcome distraction in the release of the MK11 Ultimate Mileena Reveal trailer. The gameplay unveiling attracted worldwide attention, pushing Mileena into top trending topics.

Die hard fans made their enthusiasm felt on Twitter, pushing Mileena into the Top 30 Worldwide trending topics in the hours following the trailer's release. These are the subjects automatically sourced from the platform's global userbase, adding distinction beyond those tailored "for you" or in the What's Happening list.

Mileena hovered in the mid-twenties as tens of thousands of reactions were registered. It's not the first time Mileena gained this attention: Rambo and Mileena made the Top 10 trends after the midnight release of the Kombat Pack 2 Reveal trailer!

Ed Boon discussed fan reactions to the return during New York Comic-Con. There's certainly no denying the democratic appeal Mileena has captured. She may be exaggerating the numbers, but there have certain been tens of thousands of souls crying out for her return!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and Kombat Pack 2 will be released November 17th, with players who purchase on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One eligible for a free upgrade to next generation consoles! Check out more Mileena in hi-res screenshots and her official bio! Find more discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum and help your favourite topics trend by sharing @MK_Online!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Mileena Trailer
Let us be a family!

It's a family affair when Mileena returns to the playable roster in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate! The final reveal trailer from Kombat Pack 2 spotlights her new gameplay with viciously deadly results. Take a look:

Mileena is renewing rivalries with Kotal Kahn, D'Vorah, and her genetic pseudo-sibling Kitana in the latest trailer. All the time displaced clone hybrid wants is to bring her sister back to the family with a now villainous mommy Sindel!

Mileena is practising tough love as she reclaims the sai as her trademark weapon and unleashes a combination of new and revised klassic attacks! She's fast and direct, combining stabbing and slashing with aerial teleport kicks and a Tarkatan maw to take a chunk out of her opponents.

Low, medium, and high are all covered with the kind of efficiency that could trigger MKII flashbacks. You won't have to suffer long, though. Her X-Ray takes the super move to ridiculous new levels of violence and sets things up a ball of carnage for a comparatively tame fatality.

[Related Article: NYCC: Ed Boon Talks Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, Mileena & Movies]

Mileena will be available to download November 17th as part of Kombat Pack 2 with Rain and guest character John Rambo. Players who download her on PS4 and Xbox One will be able to do the same on next gen consoles as part of the free Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate upgrade!

What do you think of Mileena's globally lauded return? Add your voice to the chorus of thousands by checking out her dramatic reveal in the Kombat Pack 2 Trailer, hi-res screenshots and official mini-bio. Find and discuss more on the Mortal Kombat 11.

WWE Stars Cosplay Mortal Kombat For Halloween
Trick or treat?

We're becoming accustomed to the worlds of WWE and Mortal Kombat sharing a mutual orbit. NetherRealm Studios developed the WWE Immortals game, sent Johnny Cage into the ring, and even invited several wrestlers to the launch of Mortal Kombat 11! It's little wonder then that a couple of WWE stars chose popular kombatants for this year's Halloween costumes! Take a look:

Zelina Vega and NXT's Kayden Carter shared photos of their Halloween attire to social media accounts. Vega, who also entered the Royal Rumble in January dressed like Sindel, kept it in the Edenian royal family with an MK2011 Kitana costume. Carter donned gold and whitened eyes for a spectral look inspired by Scorpion!

They aren't the first wrestlers to dress as Mortal Kombat icons. Former WWE and UFC Women's Champion Ronda Rousey arrived at last year's Elimination Chamber event wearing ring gear inspired by Sonya Blade -- the character she voiced in Mortal Kombat 11!

Wrestler and YouTube gamer Xavier Woods had a custom helmet and hammer made when he attended the MK11 Reveal dressed as Shao Kahn. He was also digitally transformed into Raiden for the WWE Immortals game. WWE legend Triple H also seemed to take inspiration from the Outworld Emperor for his extravagant Wrestlemania XXX entrance!

[Related Article: WCW Glacier Discusses Mortal Kombat on Keep It 100]

Share your thoughts about the wrestler's cosplay in the comments below and upload your own Mortal Kombat kosplay photos to the Kommunity Kreations archive! Find the latest news and updates in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Next Gen Mortal Kombat 11 Free If You Already Own It
Free PlayStation & Xbox Upgrades!

Not a hoax! Not a dream! If you already own Mortal Kombat 11 for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One - you'll be able to download a free "upgrade" for next generation consoles later this month! A combination of disbelief and ambiguous language has led some fans to overlook, or misunderstand, the incredible offer! Read on for details:

The free transition to next generation consoles was actually announced with the MK11 Ultimate & Kombat Pack 2 trailer, but terminology for a "free upgrade" was easily confused with the upcoming Ultimate expansion of the base game.

Incidentally, if you purchase MK11 Ultimate for PS4 or xbox One you'll also be entitled to the full Ultimate upgrade on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S or X. That includes the first Kombat Pack, Aftermath, and upcoming KP2 fighters Mileena, Rain, and Rambo! Ed Boon tweeted a helpful graphic about the program last month.

Xbox Series consoles will begin their release November 10th, while PlayStation 5 is scheduled to begin rolling out in major centers including the United States, Japan, and Australia, starting November 12th. Mortal Kombat 11 is intended to be available at release.

Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2 will also feature on PlayStation 5 as part of subscription based PlayStation Plus Collection and this month's PlayStation Now offerings!

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Kollector's Edition]

Will you be upgrading to the next generation? Brag about your console investment in the comments below and venture into the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for more news and kommunity!

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