News Archive - June, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat League Announce Trailer
New online mode offers exclusive unlockables!

A new online mode is coming to Mortal Kombat 11 in the next downloadable update! Kombat League will give players the chance to play a new ranked mode in seasons to unlock new customizable cosmetics for characters. Watch the official announce trailer:

Four week seasons will test players through nine tiers of gameplay, challenging them to master the skills of Apprentice through Elder God. These ranks will only be part of the experience, which will utilize optimized matchmaking to pit players against their perfect match. A new meter will predict chances for victory before every battle. Fight your way to godhood and you'll unlock exclusive in-game items! You can also check-in to daily and seasonal quests to earn bonuses based on unique challenges.

The Kombat League officially begins June 18th when The Season of Blood soaks kombatants in customizable crimson! Watch the trailer above to check out modified looks at Skarlet, Kitana, Erron Black, and Scorpion!

Players who've purchased the Kombat Pack can also look forward to getting early access to the first downloadable fighter: Shang Tsung! Watch the Shang Tsung gameplay trailer and join the discussion about all these things on the Mortal Kombat 11!

MK11 Ice Kream Truck Features Shang Tsung at E3
He's justified and he's ancient... and he drives an ice cream van?

After skipping last year's event; NetherRealm Studios returned to E3 with Mortal Kombat 11 and the first fighter from the upcoming Kombat Pack! A playable demo wasn't the only place you'd find Shang Tsung and MK11 konsumables, though. He was also outside the expo on a working Ice Kream Truck!

The Mortal Kombat 11 Ice Kream Truck was soft serving sweet relief under the hot Los Angeles sun, touring the grounds throughout the E3 extended weekend. Social media shared locations and pictures [above], but the black truck with Shang Tsung on the side wasn't hard to spot!

The summer fun was all in the name of promoting the Kombat Pack and its first fighter, who bears the likeness of Mortal Kombat movie favourite Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. The sorcerer's smooth style was already sprinkled across a double scoop of official trailer and developer stream.

It isn't the first time MK has offered cool refreshment with a black label. In 2016, Sound Brewery released a range of Mortal Kombat themed beer! They weren't serving in the WB Games MK11 area at E3, but they did have big screens, playable demos, and a Fatality win pose booth!

Kombat Pack early access for Shang Tsung begins June 18th, with klassic skins and more coming soon! Click here for full details and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Survival Saturday is here!
Sequel show to Fatal Friday comes this Saturday to MKO

Survival Saturday has officially been given the green light to move to our MKO Twitch channel this coming Saturday, leaving it's beta state one show earlier than expected! It's a spiritual successor to our normal Fatal Friday program. Hosted by our very own Fatalkade, the hype factor on this show goes up an even bigger notch than Fatal Friday. The show is all about the players, and bragging rights!

It's a forced competitive Survivor King of the Hill, where your health carries over to your next match. This makes win streaks harder to earn, and makes the players work harder to achieve success while also creating more exciting moments on our competitive show. The highlight reel is gone, replaced by a "Player Spotlight" that focuses more on the player and who their main was, as well as their win streak. Like Fatal Friday, Survival Saturday is broken up into seasons. Season 1 is starting on XBOX ONE, with the current leader being MKUniverse with a streak of 8 wins! To join the competition, simply join the room titled "SURVIVAL SATURDAY" around 7 PM CST when it goes up to get invited to compete and test your might!

This new show has a much more 'esports' vibe, and is set to air this Saturday at at 8 PM CST. The schedule for Survival Saturday will be consistent with that of Fatal Friday, which airs every Friday at 8 PM CST. Be sure to catch the latest Fatal Friday, where TotalMK will be our special guest host! We're excited to continue bringing you fun and interactive ways to compete and show off your skills on MKO, and we assure you, there is much more coming soon!

Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast Previews Shang Tsung
Developer demonstrates next DLC fighter!

Shang Tsung will be the first character to join Mortal Kombat 11 via upcoming downloadable content updates. Early access begins for Kombat Pack owners on June 18th -- but later today everyone will get a taste of things to come in a live developer stream! Watch the magic unfold with us right here:

The Kombat Kast will go live at the standard time of 3:00PM CDT and should illuminate more details about the sinister sorcerer.

Shang Tsung was announced with a wisened character render and officially revealed last week in full spotlight trailer! The trailer also named three more of the final six Kombat Pack extra fighters, as well as a raft of other goodies!

Be here at broadcast time to watch the Shang Tsung Kast in the embedded player above. Don't forget to share your impressions with us in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! Shang Tsung will be one of the characters you can review in the next 2019 Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion poll battle!

Artist Unearths Mortal Kombat Arcade Cabinet Concept Art
Original sketches from personal archive show early coin-op designs!

By and large Paul Neimeyer has been one of the unsung heroes of the twenty-seven year legacy of the first Mortal Kombat! As Logo Artist and Designer, he helped bring to life the lasting image of the first Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet! He recently unearthed original concept art sketches from his personal archive, perfectly preserved to give fans a glimpse into MK's arcade origins!

Series co-creator John Tobias originally provided the pencil sketches and color marker comps for development of the arcade coin-op cabinet's design. The drawings detail the now iconic Johnny Cage jump kick side panel, and red and gold dragon, as well as control panel colors and detailing. From these drawings, Paul Neimeyer "did all of the finished line art and color film prep for screening", according to a tweet shared by Tobias.

One image shows the iconic text logo in an earlier iteration as "Dragon Attack" -- a title considered during the game's development. Tobias noted this as "the coolest part of the find" while tweeting about the discovery, adding "I forgot we came this close to actually using Dragon Attack!"

In an interview with MK Online, Tobias explained further, "We would write ideas for the game's title on a marker board in Ed's office and there were a ton of them and some were god awful. "Dragon Attack" and "Ultimate Kumite" were two that were actually considered. I laugh now about how close we came to using those names."

Speaking in the same interview about the iconic dragon design used on the cabinet, Tobias went on to explain, "The dragon icon actually came from a small dragon statue that our general manager, Ken Fedesna, had on his desk. I believe John Vogel, who constructed our background graphics, digitized and used it in the backgrounds. I used it as reference for the dragon that appears on the coin-op game's side cabinet artwork. That dragon's head became the circular dragon symbol that is still used today."

Mortal Kombat was recently inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. John Tobias, John Vogel, and Ed Boon appeared with several klassic arcade cabinets at NetherRealm Studios, offering thanks for the honor.

What do you think about the perfectly preserved treasures of this unearthed lost kontent? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and keep it respectably retro by joining the discussion in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum!

Shang Tsung & Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack Reveal Trailer
A taste of things to come!

Shang Tsung is back in the first Kombat Pack character reveal trailer! He's got a bigger bag of tricks than last time, harnessing the powers of some very interesting fighters throughout the trailer. The trailer also delivers confirmation of more characters and features coming to Mortal Kombat 11! Watch:

Cinema's Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa lends his likeness and voice to the character he portrayed in the now-classic movie. Although he enters the battlefield as the wisened sorcerer seen in an announcement render, his youth is soon restored for an updated MK3-style yellow pants homage. The klassics don't stop there, though!

NetherRealm has found a way to overcome the limitations of hardware, restoring Shang Tsung's klassic ability to morph into other characters! He becomes Raiden with a mid-fight soul steal that mirrors his opponent's attack, but the real surprise is his arsenal of shape-shifting special attacks. He turns into palette swaps of missing fighters Rain, Ermac, Smoke and Reptile to execute a range of familiar moves: roundhouse kicks, telekinetic slam, teleport, and slide kick! He even finishes the fight by rendering Sub-Zero and Scorpion slaves under his power, with an MKII referencing Kintaro morph to finish them!

Shang Tsung's return is replete with fun nods to the 1995 theatrical blockbuster. His intro quotes the dinner scene's promise of "a taste of things to come". Just like Liu Kang's fevered vision, Shang points directly at the player in victory, claiming your soul as his!

Other souls Shang Tsung may be claiming in the Kombat Pack are: Nightwolf, Sindel, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, and two additional unannounced guest characters who'll crossover from other series. A chainsaw buzz suggests Bruce Campbell got it wrong when he denied Ash Williams of the Evil Dead franchise won't be included. Music cues also support expectations of a Terminator crossover.

Fans hungry for more still can look forward to a Klassic Skin pack for pictured fighters Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Noob Saibot. Purchase of the Kombat Pack will get PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players early access starting with Shang Tsung on June 18th, with subsequent releases in the following months. Shang Tsung will also be playable at the Warner Brothers booth during this year's E3, June 11th-13th.

    Komplete Kombat Pack Details:
  • Spawn will join the Mortal Kombat 11 roster as a new guest character, along with two other guest fighters to be confirmed at a later date
    • Todd McFarlane's Spawn is one of the world's best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions of copies sold worldwide in more than 120 countries and 15 different languages. The Spawn comic book tells the story of Al Simmons, an elite government assassin who was betrayed and killed by the CIA. Instead of dying, he sells his soul to Hell for a second chance at life, and becomes Spawn, an unstoppable soldier fighting the underworld. Spawn is voiced by Keith David, the original voice actor from 'Todd McFarlane's Spawn,' the Emmy award-winning HBO animated series.
  • Three Klassic Kombatants return as DLC characters: Shang Tsung, Nightwolf and Sindel
    • Shang Tsung is the soul-stealing sorcerer and historic host of the Mortal Kombat Tournament. Shang Tsung pledged his eternal loyalty to Shao Kahn in exchange for a dark power, but he is no faithful servant. He dreams of the day his sorcery will overtake Shao Kahn's, and he'll pay any price to get there. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is lending his voice and likeness to the popular character he portrayed in the classic 1995 'Mortal Kombat' film. Additionally, Shang Tsung will be available for consumers to play before release during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) from June 11-13 in the South Hall at the WB Games booth (#1023)
    • Nightwolf, formerly known as Grey Cloud, was chosen by the Great Spirit to become the Matoka's champion and protector. Grey Cloud proved worthy when he laid down his life to prevent the Black Dragon from plundering what remained of his tribe's sacred artifacts. As Nightwolf, Grey Cloud possesses extraordinary magic granted by the Great Spirit to fight for the Matoka's future and defend all of Earthrealm.
    • Sindel is the former Queen of Edenia and will stop at nothing to keep her place. Threatened with the loss of her throne when Shao Kahn conquered her realm, Sindel betrayed her husband, and her people, to keep her privileged position. Now, as Shao Kahn's wife and Queen of Outworld, she enjoys power and wealth beyond most people's imagination.
  • Character skin and gear sets for each DLC character
  • Bonus Johnny Cage Ninja Mime character skin and gear set
  • 18 bonus character skins for existing Mortal Kombat 11 characters*
  • One-week early access for all content listed above

What do you think of Shang Tsung's return? What are you most eagerly anticipating from the rest of the Kombat Pack? Head to the comments below to tell us what you think and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!