News Archive - December, 2020
Mortal Kombat Online Version 9 And Fight Klub!
Welcome to the new way to Kombat!

Happy Holidays! Christmas Day marks another year of Mortal Kombat Online and we're excited to celebrate with the launch of a new version of the site that will make us an even better part of your online Mortal Kombat experience!

By now you'll have noticed general aesthetic and navigational updates that compliment many of the changes we've made. The Site Menu is much like our metaphorical mantel -- decorated with Christmas stockings stuffed with plenty of goodies for the kommunity to enjoy!

Fight Klub is obviously a major part of our V9 update. It began with a desire to make the online gaming experience a bigger part of Mortal Kombat Online. The result is a new system that will make it easier for the kommunity to issue challenges, compete for leaderboard ranks, and participate in gameplay analysis and streaming -- both as players and spectators!

You can watch the Fight Klub trailer and find out more to get involved with the open public beta that is now underway. You can also download the new MKO App from the App Store to further enhance your experience with a modified mobile version of the site, and notifications that will keep you informed any place, any time!

Keeping you in the loop is also the function of the new MKO Calendar, which will highlight upcoming milestones and special events with detailed information, and ways you can get involved. You can already celebrate the Mortal Kombat Online Anniversary, or keep up to date with episodes of Survival Saturdays!

Following MKO's Stream Team will be even easier with the addition of the Kasts section that will keep you up to date on what's next for Survival Saturdays and the soon-to-return Fatal Friday. Soon you'll also be able to stream non-stop kombat wtih Fight Klub TV!

We've also made improvements to our long running Kreations section to make it easier to discover, follow, and share your favourite artists and their different works. Galleries will also continue to appear in updated User Profiles alongside various personal links and Fight Klub video content.

Curating your customized experience goes beyond profiles with updates to the Kommunity Forums, as well. Forum tags will help you seek out topics you're interested in and make it even easier to get involved in the discussion by commenting or liking posts. It's like having a forum dedicated to your favourite niche!

Some of these ideas go back many years, even to my earliest days as Mortal Kombat Online Webmaster, and it's been a pleasure not only to see designs and concepts come to fruition - but evolve and expand!

Please join me in congratulating and acknowledging Co-Founder & Administrator CCShadow, whose efforts have built and assembled so many iterations of MKO over the years, and continue to do so! Sysadmin DArqueBishop, who laid the bedrock upon which new systems have been built, without whom it simply would not have been possible! Likewise, the many contributions from Stream Team FataLKaDe & Survived_Kombatants, Community Manager m0s3pH, Co-Founder Scott-Howell, and the many who've helped along the way.

We continue to enjoy Mortal Kombat 11 and look forward to new dvelopments in the new year, as well as the long awaited arrival of the Mortal Kombat Movie! On behalf of everyone at MKO we bid you seasons greetings and a very happy holidays! Hope to see you on MKO soon!

Mortal Kombat Online Anniversary
12/25/2021 12:00 AM EST
Ed Boon Reveals 2010 Subway Stage Fatality Notes
Boon plots a murder!

How do they come up with all those fatalities? It's the question that's been puzzled by interviewers for longer than we remember. We've seen concept sketches and motion capture in the past. Now Ed Boon has revealed some of his original 2010 notes for an iconic stage fatality. Take a look:

Mortal Kombat 3 first introduced the perils of The Subway stage, where players could uppercut their opponent into the path of an oncoming background train. For the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot, the series co-creator came up with something more ambitious.

Boon uncovered the 2010 notes on his iPad and shared a nostalgic screengrab to Twitter. He apparently finds amusement in the suffering of his characters, describing the notes with a laugh as an example of the "germ of an idea" that all game features start with.

The notes roughly describe what became the new Subway stage fatality, where players will grab their opponent by the throat and walk them to the platform edge to thrust their head into the path of the train. After banging against each oncoming car, the loser is then tossed into the background to be swept away by another train.

Stage fatalities recently made another return in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. You can catch a glimpse of the Shaolin Trap Dungeon and Tournament Arena finishers in the Aftermath launch trailer.

What are your all-time favourite stage fatalities? What would you like to see in future MK11 updates? Share your thoughts in the comments below and discuss the latest in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum. Or, go back to the reboot that started an era in the Mortal Kombat (2011) forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Skarlet Actress Wins Voice Arts Award
Beata Poźniak Wins!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate picked up Best Fighting Game at The Game Awards earlier this month, and now the hit franchise sequel can add a performance arts award to its list of accolades, as well! Beata Poźniak took honors at the 7th Annual Voice Arts Awards. Read on for the full story:

The voice of Skarlet took to Twitter to celebrate her victory in the category for Outstanding Video Game Character, Best Voiceover. The awards are presented by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. She edged out nominees for Madden '20, Fire Emblem, Cloudpunk, and The Lighthouse.

Pozniak thanked NetherRealm Studios Story & Voiceover Director Dominic Cianciolo, Audio Director Rich Carle, Studio Head Shaun Himmerick, and Creative DIrector Ed Boon for their roles in her success. Ed Boon responded with applause for her success.

Skarlet received a compelete overhaul for her appearance in Mortal Kombat 11, instantly emerging as one of the best received characters from the game's reveal event. Along with a bold new design, Shao Kahn's blood assassin adopted a slavic accent, inflected by the Polish born voice actress.

Share your congratulations for Beata Pozniak's win in the comments below. Find and discuss more from the game in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Ed Boon Shares Mortal Kombat 11 Reptile Fan Video
It's Reptile! Sort of...

Reptile is one of the klassic fighters still sorely missed in Mortal Kombat 11, but old hidden fighters won't be forgot by Ed Boon these holidays! The series co-creator shared a "random" fan video to Twitter showing the green palette swap sliding through MK11. Take a look:

The "Random Reptile Video", as Ed calls it, was originally posted to YouTube by KayGee, and appears to cinematically isolate Shang Tsung's Reptile transformation in the acid slide and win pose.

Shang Tsung can transform into klassic palette swap fighters in various special attacks, as seen in his gameplay trailer, or in his Brutality win pose when triggered by holding both shoulder buttons (ie; L2 & R2) and an attack button. 2 triggers Reptile -- triangle on PlayStation, Y on Xbox.

Reptile was a surprise omission from Mortal Kombat 11, but the Zaterran warrior does make a dramatic cameo in The Krypt, subtly alerting fans to his hidden presence in various corners of Shang Tsung's island.

The invisible Reptile can be discovered with Kenshi's blindfold, and striking him with Kahn's hammer eventually unlocks a Scorpion "Forest Ninja" skin. Kombat League eventually delivered more complete Reptile inspired skins in the Summer.

Ed Boon can't do much without inspiring wild fan theories and requests, but he must've known this one was ripe for speculation. During a New York Comic-Con interview, the MK11 Creative Director discussed deliberate methods used to stoke appreciation for Mileena. On the subject of teasing fans he noted, I wouldn't be doing that if I knew she [wasn't] eventually going to show up."

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat Legends Preview Reveals Reptile vs Sonya]

Would you like to see Reptile make a return as DLC? Share your thoughts in the comments below and find & discuss more from MK11 in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

MK Online Fight Klub Public Beta Launching Christmas Day
Join the Klub!

There's a new way to play Mortal Kombat 11 and it's in a league of its own! Mortal Kombat Online will take the next step toward revolutionizing online kommunity play when Fight Klub launches an open public beta starting Christmas Day! Watch the trailer to find out how you can join the klub:

The kommunities of Mortal Kombat Online and r/MortalKombat will come together as part of a new system that will make it easier for players to issue challenges and compete for ranks on a global leaderboard across consoles and generations!

Challenges and notifications will be in the palm of your hand as part of the Mortal Kombat Online app that lets you setup battles with your old friends - and new enemies. Integrated matchmaking options will also be available via Discord!

Fight Klub offers automatic in depth analysis of matches that will build your unique player profile and help craft the ultimate real-time character tier list. You'll also be able to watch and study as matches are streamed 24/7 on MKO as part of Fight Klub TV. You can also find and watch matches in user profiles.

The Fight Klub Public Beta opens next week -- December 25th on!

To participate make sure you have access to an active registered MKO account and Twitch account, and a copy of Mortal Kombat 11 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, or Xbox Series X/S. You'll also need a stable enough internet connection to stream your gameplay.

It's time to get online with Mortal Kombat Online to join the klub that's a league of its own! Prepare yourself in the comments below and keep your eyes peeled to the Mortal Kombat 11 forum while you wait for next week!

MK11 Shang Tsung Mortal Kombat Mobile Trailer
Surrender your soul!

Mortal Kombat 11's resident sinister sorcerer is set to slither into Mortal Kombat Mobile to steal your soul! Shang Tsung is the latest exciting addition to the massive MK mobile roster and you can get a taste of what's come in official reveal and gameplay trailers! Watch:

Watch: MK Mobile Shang Tsung Reveal Trailer | MK Mobile Shang Tsung Gameplay Trailer

Just like MK11's first Kombat Pack fighter, Shang Tsung bears the likeness of actor Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa, but you have options. He can deal massive damage by stealing the soul of his opponents -- or just mirror their deadliest moves back at them by literally morphing into an opposing character!

Shang Tsung joins a growing line-up of MK11 kombatants that recently expanded to include Noob Saibot, as well as Skarlet, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and more!

The latest MK Mobile update also brings a winter blizzard with the Kold War Tower event, plus new rewards and brutalities! You can return to Shang's island by downloading Mortal Kombat Mobile for free on iOS or Android via the App Store and Google Play. Watch the trailer and share your thoughts in the comments below. Find and discuss more of the latest in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

MK Movie Producer Confirms Kabal Casting Rumor
Kabal to appear in 2021 movie!

The Mortal Kombat movie reboot is fast approaching with a newly confirmed April release date set for theatres and streaming. Actors playing most major characters have been reported, but producer Todd Garner has confirmed the identity of one rumored fighter we didn't necessarily expect: Kabal!

Kiwi stuntman and actor Daniel Nelson will step into the role of the game series' Black Dragon mercenary. His IMDB filmography lists stunt work in the upcoming Godzilla vs King Kong and 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as well as the upcoming MK role. Garner confirmed the validity of the listing via Twitter when asked by a fan earlier this month.

Daniel Nelson looking the part of the unmasked Kabal in his IMDB profile.

Kabal was first introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 as a survivor of Shao Kahn's invading extermination squads. Wearing a hi-tech respirator mask to survive his injuries, the former Black Dragon mercenary earned a cult following as a reformed fighter wielding dual hookswords, and a high-speed dash attack.

Kabal continued to make many subsequent appearances in the series, including unmasked cameos in adventure spin-offs Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and deleted scenes from Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. He most recently returned in Mortal Kombat 11, where he was once again in league with the Black Dragon clan.

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat 11 Kabal Trailer]

Australian comedy actor Josh Lawson has been tapped to play Kano opposite fellow Aussie Jessica McNamee as the new Sonya Blade. It is yet to be revealed how Kabal will factor in to the classic rivalry in the 2021 film.

Kabal was previously revealed to feature as an antagonist for Jax in a movie reboot written by Kevin Tancharoen. The Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer/director left the project in 2013. James Wan came on board as a creative producer for the latest incarnation in 2015.

Few details are known about the 2021 adaptation, which will also include Mileena and Nitara in unspecified roles. In an unrelated note, Todd Garner hinted that Joe Taslim will wear a costume with "a lot more detail" than fan-art inspired by the MKX Sub-Zero design. Taslim will play Bi-Han in the film.

What do you hope to see from Kabal in his first theatrical appearance? Share your thoughts and speculation in the comments below. Find and discuss more movie news in the Media & Merchandise forum! Special thanks to MK Online user gorostilllives for posting about this story.

Mortal Kombat Movie Schedules New Release Date & Trailer
In theatres & streaming!

Following news that Mortal Kombat will receive a simultaneous theatrical and streaming premier; the upcoming feature film has re-scheduled a release date for April next year! Read on for the full story:

A digital poster [pictured below] has been released by a promotional Twitter account set up to announce the new April 16th release date. According to the poster it will not only debut in theatres (where available), and streaming to HBO Max in 2021 -- but also in IMAX screenings.

Its the second move for the film, which was previously brought forward to a January 2021 release before the global COVID-19 pandemic caused unavoidable delays. April has traditionally been good to Mortal Kombat fans, seeing the release of the three most recent games, including Mortal Kombat 11.

Beleaguered film producer Todd Garner was pleased to finally share the news after a previous false start. He also revealed that the first trailer preview will be released some time in the new year.

Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid with noted high-profile production by James Wan. The film will feature an eclectic international cast including Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, and Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero. Find and discuss more news from the film in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Best Buy Mortal Kombat 2-Film Steelbook Exclusive Pre-Order
New Blu-Ray Collectible Set

Mortal Kombat and its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation have become recurring fixtures of streaming and digital platforms, but for fans looking to take ownership own the cinematic classic and its infamous sequel -- a new collectible release is on its way! Read on for details:

Retail giant Best Buy has posted a new online pre-order for an exclusive Steelbook Blu-Ray 2-Pack that packages the two mid-nineties movie adaptations in a single collectible tin case!

There's no indication these blu-ray discs are any different to other recent releases of the films, or contain any updated extra features. Since being issued to blu-ray in 2011, the Mortal Kombat disc has included trailers and the animated feature Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins.

The Best Buy Steelbook set will set you back $14.99US with a listed release date of January 26th, 2021, which means you can secure it for the holidays -- but it won't be sitting under the tree on Christmas morning.

Stars of the Paul Anderson directed film Christophe Lambert, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, and Linden Ashby recently reprised their iconic screen roles for the video game release of Klassic MK Movie Skins in the award-winning Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. The director can also be seen now streaming in the retrospective documentary Insert Coin: The Midway Chronicles.

Will the collectible steelbook entice you? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check out more movie & memoribilia news in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Wins TGA Best Fighting Game
The Game Awards crowns MK11!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate has officially been crowned 2020 Best FIghting Game during tonight's The Game Awards! The favourite was announced winner by special guest presenters Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto. Relive the presentation right here:

The stars of Cobra Kai Season 3 and The Karate Kid Part II continued their in-character rivalry in a comic presentation filmed remotely for the COVID conscientious The Game Awards ceremony.

Okumoto razzed Macchio for his classic NES counterpart's 'weak karate', and once again got the better of his screen rival by sending a sealed result card while he was able to reveal the true winner!

The MK11 Ultimate update defeated an eclectic field of nominees that included the latest incarnation of the series' own long time arch-rival: Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.

NetherRealm Studios staff reacted appreciatively to the presentation, with series co-creator Ed Boon sharing the sentiments of most fans excited to see the Daniel LaRusso and Chozen actors reunited. He declared the team's fandom for Karate Kid and its recent series reboot via Twitter, thanking the TGAs for the "awesome" presentation.

Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do rivals also attempted to settle the age old debate between Sub-Zero and Scorpion to celebrate the TGAs and Season 3 of the show. Check that out and find & discuss more news and stories in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! Don't forget to join us in congratulating the team for their win in the comments below!

Cobra Kai Cast Debate Sub-Zero vs Scorpion for The Game Awards
Freeze the leg!

For decades there has existed a bitter hatred between two martial arts groups dedicated to opposing styles and philosophy. This could describe the rivalry between the clans of Sub-Zero and Scorpion, but in the Netflix series Cobra Kai its Kreese Karate and Miyagi-do. Two of the stars put their expertise to the gaming rivalry in a clip for The Game Awards. Check it out:

Jacob Bertrand (Hawk) and Gianni Decenzo (Demetri) got scientific in their attempt to resolve one of gaming's most iconic rivalries.

Both fighters scored points for COVID safe masks, but Sub-Zero got the edge for melted ice putting out fire. That didn't matter in the end, though. It came down to a PR war: Scorpion just sounds more bad ass. A fair point, even if die hard fans know Scorpion's true nemesis changed it up once he became Noob Saibot!

The clip is a fun promo for The Game Awards and Cobra Kai's Season 3 trailer reveal, but that isn't the only overlap with MK. Fans have long observed Kobra as a blonde-haired tribute to Karate Kid's Johnny Lawrence. Alas, fans overwhelmingly voted in favour of Kai when he met Kobra in this year's character tournament!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is nominated for Best Fighting Game at this year's awards. Make sure you show no mercy and get your vote in now! Then debate more fantasy character rivalries in the Fan Koliseum and catch up on all the news in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Nominee Mortal Kombat 11 Featured in The Game Awards Trailer
Last chance to vote!

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is one of the nominees for Best Fighting Game at this year's The Game Awards, featured in the trailer for the event represented by new addition Mileena, and Aftermath's Shang Tsung. Take a look and get voting while you still can:

Mortal Kombat 11 will face stiff competition at tomorrow's awards show when it faces a field that includes the vastly improved franchise rival Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, as well as Granblu Fantasy: Versus, One Punch Man, and Under Night In-Birth Exe.

MK11 should probably be favourite to take the crown, but the only way to be sure is to vote right now! Voting closes today so do not delay -- it's your last chance to help MK11 get over the line!

Mortal Kombat movie producer Todd Garner also notes that December 10th will bring news about the cinematic reboot, which was recently announced for a dual theatrical & streaming premier next year. A new release date is yet to be confirmed. It's unclear if news will come from The Game Awards at this time.

Did you get your vote on? Tell us how you think the competition stacks up in the comments below and find & discuss more in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! For developments from the world of cinema check out the Media & Merchandise forum!,/p>

Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition Returns For Season 2
2020/2021 Season is LIve!

The Pro Kompetition is back! Players around the world are invited to compete in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for a regional prize pool of $20,000! Check out the trailer and more details:

Events are already under way in three regional classes: North America League, Interkontinental Kombat, and Liga Latina. Pro Kompetition is played online on PlayStation 4 and requires any PS4 copy of MK11, a PS Plus account, and registration from players ages 18 and up.

PlayStation's Competition Center will serve as the central hub for all registration, matches, live bracket updates and general information. Events continue through to May 2021 with online competition across North America, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, Brazil, Mexico, and more!

Have you made the jump into the Pro Kompetition? Tell us all about your experience and battle log in the comments below! Discuss and organize more online play in the Gameplay & Matchmaking forum and follow the latest from the game in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Kerri Hoskins Selling Autographed Sonya Photos
From the desk of General Blade.

Fan-favourite Kerri Ann Hoskins got everybody talking with her return to the original Sonya Blade outfit for the 25th anniversary of Mortal Kombat 3. Now you can own a piece of the gaming milestone autographed by the original trilogy actress herself! Read on for details:

Kerri Ann revealed another image from her recent shoot with Thomas Daggett, this time striking a side-on "versus" pose ready for kombat! It's one of two new 25th anniversary shots available on her online art store, which also offers klassic 8.5" x 11" photographs signed by Kerri herself!

Each signed photo will set you back $40US, or you can get a complete four-photo bundle for $125. You can request a personalized message with your autograph upon selection.

Kerri Ann also sells a variety of artistic creations you might like to check out on her online store -- a unique gift this holiday for the MK fan who has everything! She also participated in the recent Midway documentary Insert Coin which is now available to stream!

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Which glossy did you order? Tell us about your purchase in the comments below and find more Klassic Kerri content in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum! Special thanks to MK Online kommunity user samus_aran3900 for showing interest in this story!

Megan Thee Stallion is Mileena in Mortal Kombat 11 Promo
MK11, MJB, MTS, and Mileena.

Chart topping artist Megan Thee Stallion has become Mileena for a cross-promotional campaign for Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and UK clothing label MJB. She bares her fangs in a short video that also showcases the recently returned playable Tarkatan hybrid. Take a look:

The Savage singer has gone from collaborating with Beyonce on a #1 single, to embodying the deadly designs of Mileena and MJB. She poses in an outfit similar to Mileena's klassic Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 look, wielding twin sai weapons and a wicked grin.

The high end Mortal Kombat X Clothing Line also features a partnership with boxing sportswear label Everlast and brand ambassadors Dimitri Vegas, British rapper M24, and MMA fighter Michael "Venom" Page. The trio is pictured below [via The Daily Mail].

The pop culture legacy of Mortal Kombat continues to manifest in contemporary celebrity and fashion. In 2016 Zayn Malik and Versace took inspiration from MK for the singer's Met Gala design. Former WWE wrestler Zelina Vega also recently created her own cosplay versions of Edenians Kitana and Mileena.

MK11 Ultimate is out now for PlayStation 5, PlayStartion 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Pc, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. Catch up on the MK11 Ultimate Mileena trailer and find and discuss more news and curiosities on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! Special thanks to kommunity user Baraka_MK for calling attention to this video.

MJB & Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Create Designer Fashions
UK clothing label goes MK!

Like Kronika assembling her allies in Mortal Kombat 11: a coalition of brands has come together in the United Kingdom to celebrate the release of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. At the center of the promotional cabal is designer MJB, who has unleashed a line of high street MK fashions. Take a look:

The line appears to predominantly draw its inspirations from previous recent installments in the gaming franchise. The majority of offerings are named after Mortal Kombat X, with a few items carrying the familiar logo from 2011's Mortal Kombat.

The brand crossover takes advantage of the MJB label's trademark masked hoodies, also creating t-shirt, trouser, and beanie designs featuring the iconography of Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, and Baraka! Items can be purchased from the MJB Online Store with prices ranging from £60.00 for a beanie up to the premium £555.00 Baraka hoodie.

The collaboration includes established sportswear brand Everlast, and European DJ Dimitri Vegas, who also appeared as a free Sub-Zero skin in MK11, and created a Techno Syndrome remix for Mortal Kombat 11 trailers. Vegas carries over his cold association with custom ice blue track gear.

Will these pricey pieces of apparel be part of your personal gear these holidays? Share your thoughts about the clothing line in the comments below and find more consumer products in the Media & Merchandise forum! Or keep it gaming by having your say in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

MK11 Kabal & Noob Join McFarlane Toys Summer 2021
Coming Summer 2021!

McFarlane Toys has big plans for their official Mortal Kombat 11 action figure line in 2021! Along with several exciting additions coming early next year, the toymaker has revealed two of its major releases for Summer: Kabal and Noob Saibot! Take a look:

Kabal leaps straight out of the game with his latest design recreated in exquisite detail. From the grey of his flesh, to his trademark life support mask and hookswords -- the rarely merchandised Black Dragon fighter is well represented by the McFarlane sculptors!

Fans of the less frequently featured characters will also be excited to see Bi-Han get the articulated action figure treatment! Noob Saibot is similarly faithfully recreated from MK11, wielding a jagged scythe in dramatic preview photographs released via the McFarlane Toys Gaming Facebook!

The cult favourite fighters join a line-up that already expanded with the likes of Kitana & Baraka earlier this year retailing $19.99. What do you think of Kabal & Noob? Who do you hope to see next? Share your thoughts in the comments below and talk toys in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat to Receive Theatrical & HBO Max Premier in 2021
Streaming premier announced!

When Mortal Kombat is finally released in 2021 it will receive a simultaneous premier in theaters and streaming! HBO Max announced the radical shift in business for Warner Bros movies with a slate of blockbuster releases coming to the big screen and premium streaming platform. Watch the trailer:

The impact of the 2019 coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with theatrical plans for major studios. With the conscientious viability of public indoor gatherings in doubt, Warner Bros relented last month, announcing streaming plans for their long-delayed tentpole Wonder Woman 1984.

Mortal Kombat producer Todd Garner speculated about indefinite delays for the reboot, originally scheduled for a theatrical release January 2021. Delays in reshoots will likely make that date impossible, but Mortal Kombat Online speculated about a possible HBO Max release.

The announcement hasn't supplied a new premier date, but did feature an updated Mortal Kombat title and dragon logo [pictured below]. The stylized gold design is much more in keeping with the iconic brand, skewing closer than a logo used while shooting.

The importance of streaming was evident in a recent corporate shuffle of WarnerMedia. You can subscribe now to HBO Max to start streaming Warner Bros content. International regions may need to explore local carriers for HBO Max releases.

The Mortal Kombat reboot is directed by newcomer Simon McQuoid with high-profile producer James Wan. You can find and discuss more details from the movie reboot in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Kerri Hoskins Shares New Photo in Klassic Sonya Costume
Celebrating 25 years!

Back in April Mortal Kombat 3 marked the 25th anniversary of its original arcade release, but you can hardly tell any time has passed at all in a new photo shared by Kerri Ann Hoskins! The klassic digitized actress donned her original Sonya Blade costume to mark the milestone. Take a look:

The MK3 actress turned artist defied fans to make comparisons with an Instagram post recreating one of Sonya's klassic fatalities. She thanks original series co-creators Ed Boon and John Tobias, as well as photographer Thomas Daggett, and others, for making this blast from the past possible.

A fixture of multiple releases from Midway Games; Kerri Ann can also be seen participating in the retrospective documentary Insert Coin: The Midway Chronicles. The feature is available now to stream with details in the link.

Attempts to recreate the digitized gaming experience were abandoned by Warner Bros a decade ago, with one developer speculating a clash with the 2011 reboot was to blame. Ed Boon recently expressed skepticism about the durability of the concept.

The legacy of the original arcade trilogy continues to endure in merchandise and klassic recreations in the new games. Sonya Blade has come a long way since MK3, now a General in the Special Forces, she plays a major role in Mortal Kombat 11 having aged 25 years in Mortal Kombat X. As Kerri Hoskins shows, there's no reason to doubt how much fight is still in Sonya!

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Did seeing Sonya give you major nostalgia? Share your memories of the arcade legend in the comments below and get even more retro in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum! Special thanks to MK Online kommunity user MKMaster for calling attention to this story!

McFarlane Toys Starts 2021 With Mortal Kombat 11 Figures
Shao Kahn, Liu Kang & Variants!

McFarlane Toys is set to bring in the new year with an exciting selection of official Mortal Kombat 11 action figures! Liu Kang and Shao Kahn bring their classic rivalry to the range, with a series of variants also coming in January! Take a look:

McFarlane Toys Gaming has been previewing next month's offerings on Facebook, with Shao Kahn and Liu Kang two of the headlining characters coming next month! They'll also be available as Platinum Kahn and Fighting Abbot variants released in the Spring!

Variant figures based on previously released icons Scorpion and Sub-Zero will also enter the market in January. Scorpion gets dark for The Shadow, while Sub-Zero gets a glo up for the neon Winter Purple variant!

This holiday you might also be able to gift your love one a Bloody variant of previously released Raiden, Sub-Zero, Baraka, or Spawn. Released October, they're available in limited supply -- so get on the hunt now!

What do you think of the new offerings from McFarlane Toys? Which characters do you hope to see get future figures? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check out more news & discussion in the Media & Merchandise and Mortal Kombat 11 forums!

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