News Archive - July, 2019
Nintendo Mortal Kombat 11 Sale Hypes Nightwolf DLC
Early access coming August!

Fans who bought the Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack are hungry like the wolf for their next downloadable character. It's been a little over a month since Shang Tsung joined the playable ranks, but it seems early access to Nightwolf will be coming soon! Read on for details:

Visit the Sales & Deals page of Nintendo.com right now and you'll be treated to offers that include $15 off Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition. That gets you early access to download characters via The Kombat Pack, such as the pictured Nightwolf. A nice deal!

According to a report by ComicBook.com, and anecdotal accounts, a Nintendo online discount listing included first official reference to Nightwolf's early access. The promotion [pictured above] dates his early access arrival Tuesday, August 13th!

The date has since been removed from the Sales & Deals page, but you can still find the first glimpse of a render image, and savings of up to 25% off Mortal Kombat 11 for the Switch.

The promotional offer runs from July 23rd to August 6th, and includes $15 off the MK11 Premium Edition that includes The Kombat Pack and early access. You can catch a glimpse of Nightwolf's new style in a teaser video and screenshot. Did you see a wolf-date? Tell us all about it in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Dimitri Vegas Sub-Zero Skin Coming to Mortal Kombat 11
Free celebrity DJ skin coming August.

At SDCC fans got an update on upcoming DLC character Spawn, but the next guest character invading Mortal Kombat 11 is somebody much less expected! International DJ Dimitri Vegas will be a free to download skin in August! Read on:

Dimitri Vegas previously partnered with Mortal Kombat 11 to feature his Techno Syndrome remix in the MK11 Launch Trailer. The original track "You're Next" was also part of the Gameplay Reveal Trailer and UK live event, back in January.

The Sub-Zero skin will be free to download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC starting August 22nd. It includes new dialogue recorded by Dimitri Vegas. Will you take it to a higher place or just finish him? Tell us in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

SDCC: Todd McFarlane Talks Spawn & Mortal Kombat 11
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Comic book icon Spawn is one of three guest characters still to come in future DLC for Mortal Kombat 11. Creator Todd McFarlane is never short for words and had plenty to say about what he's seen so far when he was interviewed at San Diego Comic-Con. Watch:

The "Toddfather" was positively gushing when he talked to IGN! He wasn't allowed to spill the beans on every detail just yet, but said he's been seeing material throughout development and he's impressed!

McFarlane said his one condition for including Spawn was that NetherRealm Studios make him the most appealing character to Mortal Kombat players. That carte blanche approach sounds like it's paying dividends for diehards on both sides of the franchise divide, with the writer/creator impressed by deepcut references the developer has mined from specific back issues!

"I don't know if you've seen the game, but it's super-cool now! I mean, they're doing crazy stuff in that game! Right? And I went, you can do it, but I sort of only have really one condition. This thing needs to be so cool - from a Mortal Kombat fan's point of view. Not a Spawn point of view! You will have done your job, and I will be proud of you, if somebody download's this character at some point - doesn't even know who it is! They go, 'I dunno, his name is Prawn, or Spam, or something, but he's my favourite character to play!'. 'Cause if you hit that in your game, then you're gonna make all my Spawn fans happy!"

Spawn was created and published independently by Todd McFarlane and Image Comics in 1992 -- just a few months before the first Mortal Kombat took arcades. The story of mercenary Al Simmons and his deal with the devil is right at home with the likes of Scorpion. As is his attitude towards violence. That could be the reason McFarlane has been gungho for this crossover since 2014 and during Mortal Kombat X.

Spawn was officially announced in the Shang Tsung & Kombat Pack announce trailer. You can get a hint of what's to come in recent sketch teasers, alongside next Kombat Pack fighter Nightwolf, who can be seen in a short teaser trailer. Does the hype have you? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the discussion in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

MK11 Kombat League Season of Blood Character Renders
League skins outfit Skarlet and more in special attire.

The first month of the Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat League has concluded its Season of Blood! The challenge based online mode offers special incentives as part of a competitive cumulative unlock system. If you weren't able to climb through the ranks - these were the blood-red skins you missed out on:


The official render artwork shows Skarlet, Kitana, Erron Black, and Scorpion in their vivid crimson Kombat League skins, unlocked in black or white bases to reflect the rank you reached. You can take a closer look by clicking the thumbnails above to enlarge the image.

The next round of Kombat League begins today, July 23rd, and unleashes the light upon four new chosen warriors! Watch the announce trailer to get up to speed and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum to discuss the special mode!

John Tobias Shares Jax & Sonya Artwork
Klassic Special Forces strike a pose!

It's always special when John Tobias shares original artwork from his personal archive. The Mortal Kombat co-creator recently treated fans to a sketch of Jax and Sonya - the original Special Forces! Check it out:

The black & white sketch is from an undetermined point in the late nineties, right around the time Jax and Sonya were starring in Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. As fans know, Sonya was originally intended to be a playable character in the 2000 action-adventure title, but was excised before its troubled release.

[Watch: Sonya & Jax in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces Deleted Scene]

Tobias shared the artwork via Twitter, where he's also offered intriguing glimpses of early Goro concept art and arcade cabinet designs. You can read more of John Tobias' thoughts from this era in Part 2 of MK Online's 20th Anniversary interview. Love these klassics? Join the nostalgia for the recently retro in the 3D Kombat Klassics forum!

Ed Boon Posts MK11 Nightwolf Teaser Trailer
Nightwolf returns in preview trailer!

Nightwolf is the next hotly anticipated downloadable content fighter coming to Mortal Kombat 11! The long wait is advancing toward an end. Payoff your patience with the first look at "Grey Cloud" in motion in a new teaser trailer:

The 9 second offering comes courtesy of a tweet by Creative Director Ed Boon. His message went straight to fans: "We know you guys have been dying to get a glimpse at Nightwolf for Mortal Kombat 11. So here's that glimpse..."

We've seen Nightwolf in a close-up screenshot, hanging axe teaser, and stylized sketch teaser, but this is the first full frame vision of the newest incarnation.

The design updates Nightwolf's classic look, embellishing his typical blue & red palette with new headgear and armored attire. His trademark hand axe radiates in blue, leaving behind a more familiar neon green glow as the chosen warrior calls down lightning to ignite the weapon.

What do you think? Strike at the comments below to tell us your first impressions and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! While you're there, catch-up on the action from San Diego Comic-Con with the first reveal of Mortal Kombat 11 action figures!

Storm Collectibles Display Mortal Kombat Fatalities at SDCC
Storm finish them at Comic-Con!

Storm Collectibles have been a staple of San Diego Comic-Con for several years now. Their 2019 SDCC display doesn't disappoint - showcasing the expanding Mortal Kombat lineup with gruesome Lin Kuei cyber fatalities! Take a closer look at the accessory assault:


The Hong Kong toymaker's 1:12 scale line keeps it strictly klassic, drawing design inspiration from the original arcade sequels for UMK3 Scorpion and MKII Baraka.

The Lin Kuei cyber-assassins introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 are the feature stars of the display. Sektor stands out with his compactor fatality threatening a gruesomely repainted Scorpion already splattered in his own blood. The mechanical apparatus attaches to an open chest cavity for game authentic accessorizing!

Smoke can be seen standing on a spike field inspired by the iconic Pit Bottom arena with his robotic arm attachment extending from the shoulder. Cyrax strikes a slightly more impressive pose, chest cavity open with his iconic green cyber net floating threateningly in front of him!

Toyark has extensive coverage, with more images from the Storms display, including figures based on Injustice, Street Fighter, Tekken, Tekken. and King of Fighters!

Baraka and Scorpion have already been released. Cyrax is next cab off the rank, with designs pending approval on the other cyber-assassins. Got yourself a pre-order? Who do you want to see next? Jump into the comments below to share your thoughts and find more news and discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum!

McFarlane Toys Unveil Mortal Kombat 11 Figures at SDCC
Scorpion & Sub-Zero in 7 inch!

Swing by the Diamond Previews booth at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and you'll find a McFarlane Toys display with the first look at their upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 action figures! Take a look at the debut models:


As announced at New York Toy Fair in February, the line leads with perennial series mascots Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

The pair appear in default Mortal Kombat 11 designs as seen in official renders for Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Standing 7 inches tall, they capture dynamic poses and come with accessories from the game, such as Scorpion's swords, spear, and Sub-Zero's ice axe and frozen skull & spine!

The first-look collectibles can be seen in photos [above] shared by WB Games' Alan Johnson and extensive coverage from the McFarlane booth by Toyark. According to the display each figure will retail for $19.99, slightly cheaper than the comparable Fortnite series.

What do you think of the sculpts so far? Which fighters would you like to see next? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum, or find and discuss more toy stories on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Pro Kompetition: Hayatei Takes Nailbiter at Viennality
Oh, Vienna!

Europe braced for impact last weekend as the Mortal Kombat 11: Pro Kompetition arrived in Austria for the third leg of the Premier tour. Viennality delivered a fresh mix of traveling and local talent as the competition heated up ahead of next month's Evolution major!


Watch: Day 1 | Top 8 | Grand Final

Pistol shots rang out in the Austrian capital on Sunday, July 7th as Erron Black came back to the forefront of competitive play! With the crowd behind him Hayatei took full advantage of a clean record, surviving an exciting mirror match that hinged on the final round to decide the win 3-2!

Tekken Master surprised his opponent with the first game of the Grand Final, unleashing an aggressive Kung Lao! After a punishing first round, the second was narrowly saved with a Fatal Blow, leading Hayatei to take a nailbiting Third with luck, as much as skill. Tekken Master was able to even the score quickly in the second game, but dropped the third, leading the unorthodox strategist to switch to the gunslinging mirror match. It paid off, pushing him into a 2-2 reset fighting out of the Second Chance bracket. Like a showdown at high noon, it was all or nothing as Hayatei fended off the reset with a sudden death Fatal Blow to claim the championship!

Though the $15,000 title purse went to Hayatei, there were reasons to celebrate from second and third runners-up A F0xy Grampa and DizzyTT, too. The Brit reprised his role from CEO 2019 as third on the podium, earning enough points to be right on the heels of absent series leader SonicFox! DizzyTT's consistent appearances were bolstered with his best result on the tour to date, boosting him into the Top 10! Scroll down for the updated Pro Kompetition standings!

Viennality Top 16 Finalists & Points Scorers:
#1 Hayatei (Erron Black)
#2 Tekken Master (Sonya Blade, Geras, Erron Black, Kung Lao)
#3 A F0xy Grampa (Kung Lao)
#4 DizzyTT (Sonya Blade)
#5 Boki (Kung Lao)
#5 Asodimazze (Cetrion)
#7 Yammini (Johnny Cage)
#7 Shark Teeth (Scorpion, Cassie Cage, Erron Black)
#9 Biohazard (Kano, Jax, Jade, Kung Lao)
#9 N1k0lasss (Johnny Cage)
#9 HoneyBee (Noob Saibot, D'Vorah)
#9 HappyPow (Jacqui Briggs, Johnny Cage)
#13 WhiteBl4ck (Jacqui Briggs, Liu Kang)
#13 Flet (Sub-Zero)
#13 Omie (Sub-Zero)
#13 MakoraN (Skarlet)
#17 dubasik
#17 Daloul
#17 Qwark28
#17 MASTA
#17 Ladno
#17 Youphemism
#17 RZA
#17 MK_AZERBAIJAN
#25 X-Azeez
#25 Baylight
#25 s19rm
#25 7horx
#25 LastMinute
#25 Semensatch
#25 InfamousSloth
#25 Riful of the West

Pro Kompetition: Top 16 Series Rankings:
#1 SonicFox (690pts)
#2 A F0xy Grampa (600pts)
#3 Dragon (465pts)
#4 Hayatei (390pts)
#5 Scar (370pts)
#5 Tweedy (370pts)
#7 Kombat (285pts)
#8 Tekken Master (280pts)
#9 DizzyTT (260pts)
#10 NinjaKilla_212 (250pts)
#11 Semiij (205pts)
#12 Boki (140pts)
#12 Asodimazze (140pts)
#14 Grr (115pts)
#15 Deoxys (110pts)
#16 KevoxReborn (90pts)

The action kicks up a gear next month when 600pts are on offer for the 2016 Evo World Championship! The Las Vegas major hosts the Pro Kompetition at the later date of August 2nd-4th! Follow links to learn more about the Pro Kompetition and 2019 Evo Lineup. Tell us which player and character you expect to take the crown in the comments below and join the tournament discussion on the Gameplay & Matchmaking and Mortal Kombat 11 forums!

Writer Touts Mortal Kombat Movie R Rating & Fatality
Movie will finish them!

Writer Greg Russo has provided a vocal outlet for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie reboot, previously killing rumors and discussing scripting & Kabal. Speaking directly to fans. he's made it known the movie will carry an R rating and deliberately transpose Fatalities when it comes to the big screen in 2021. Read on:

Mortal Kombat has long been known for its infamous death moves, but applying them to a franchise of iconic characters has been tricky. The 1995 feature film didn't exactly shy away from death. Sub-Zero, Kano, and Shang Tsung all suffered memorable onscreen fatalities, along with various non-specific characters invented for the film. The movie's adolescent-friendly rating merely meant the violence was bloodless, and less graphically featured than recent games, such as Mortal Kombat 11.

Russo declined to reference any particular finishing moves the movie will recreate. Wth the recent news of casting fpr Sub-Zero, some may already be speculating about his fated death, and transformation into Noob Saibot. Popular game canon saw his life end at the hands of arch-nemesis Scorpion. In the Paul Anderson directed movie, it was Liu Kang who finished him.

Recent games, such as the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot and Mortal Kombat X, have embraced incorporating mass fatalities into the on-going series narrative, most notably leading to the invention of Netherrealm revenants. If you're concerned the next Mortal Kombat movie will be nothing but entrails and murder, don't worry. Speaking to excited fans, Russo also compared the upcoming movie to Deadpool, "For the humor".

Mortal Kombat's big screen comeback will film in Australia later this year, with first-time feature director Simon McQuoid at the helm. Atomic Monster is producing, with Aquaman director James Wan emphasizing a desire to "do it right". Are you excited to see fatalities on the big screen? Tell us all about it in the comments below and join more movie discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Nightwolf Shows Face in New Mortal Kombat 11 Screenshot
Ed Boon releases new image!

Late last month Ed Boon gave us a taste of what's to come. Now his latest Mortal Kombat 11 downloadable content teaser gives us a clear view of the face of Nightwolf! Take a look:

Gazing off screen in profile: Nightwolf is instantly recognizable in iconic red & blue palette, with slightly updated face paint and head gear. The still very also closely resembles the image seen in Kombat Pack sketch teasers.

The preview follows a full body shot of Sindel, which showed the Edenian Queen in revenant form, and came with a tag line prompting speculation of a reveal sometime next week. The latest Nightwolf tweet quoted Pulp Fiction: "Oh, you're sending the WOLF?"

Staged on a featureless black void, all three images (including the earlier Nightwolf axe and foot image) can be compared with reveal trailers released for Mortal Kombat X's Kombat Pack 1 and Kombat Pack 2. Will we see the newest DLC collection get the same treatment? Jump to the comments to share your thoughts and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Sub-Zero
The Raid star joins MK movie reboot!

Casting is now underway for the Mortal Kombat movie reboot and the first major character has his live-action counterpart! Martial arts action player Joe Taslim will join production as Sub-Zero. Read on for more details:

The Hollywood Reporter provided the scoop, but have no additional details concerning plot or identity. Merely that the Indonesian actor is the first to officially sign on to the project, which begins filming in Australia later this year.

It remains to be seen if the film will feature the Bi-Han incarnation of Sub-Zero seen in the first Mortal Kombat and it's first movie adaptation, or his iconic successor Kuai Liang, who has fulfilled the role since 1993's Mortal Kombat II. Fans know Bi-Han as destined to be killed by his mortal nemesis Scorpion, returning from the Netherrealm as the blackened wraith Noob Saibot. Human identities for the Sub-Zero siblings were more clearly defined with Mortal Kombat (2011), and their rivalry continues most recently in Mortal Kombat 11. Update: Writer for the film Greg Russo has given the game away, answering this question directly via Twitter. "Bi-Han".


Joe Taslim (left) as Sergeant Jaka during The Raid's iconic Mad Dog fight.

Taslim gained international acclaim with his starring role in The Raid - an action-thriller about an elite police squad forced to fight their way out of a drug lord's appartment complex. This eventually led to Hollywood action roles as a henchman for Jason Statham's Shaw in 2013's Fast & Furious 6, and Idris Elba's Krall in Star Trek Beyond. His accomplishments include multiple competitive medals in Judo at a national an Asia regional level.

Writer Joe Russo has promised Sub-Zero will be 'kicking all sorts of ass' in the film, to be directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan's Atomic Monster. An open search for "physical performers" of all ethnicities and genders living in Australia began late June, with an extras casting call to begin July 19th. Interest in Joel Edgerton for the role of Kano has been widely rumored.

Are you excited to see Sub-Zero raiding the big screen once again? Share your thoughts about the first major c asting news in the comments below and join all the movie discussion on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Ed Boon Drops First Look at Mortal Kombat 11 Sindel
The scream queen returns!

We've only had the briefest glimpse of what looks like Nightwolf, but Ed Boon has already dropped another screenshot for upcoming downloadable content. This time there's not much mystery - just a clear view of Sindel! Take a look:

It looks as if Sindel will come to the Kombat Pack still in her ashened revenant form. The screenshot shows Edenia's Queen emerging dramatically from the darkness, wearing an updated design lush with fabrics and highlighted with her iconic purple palette.

We last saw Sindel in Mortal Kombat X, where she vexed Jax and players as a non-playable character appearing in Story and Online modes. She was a revenant of the Netherrealm, fighting alongside a corrupt version of Kitana as a soldier for Quan Chi and Shinnok.

Sindel has traditionally been presented as a sympathetic pawn caught in Shao Kahn's conquests, but initial information has recast her as a traitor to King Jerrod and the people of Edenia, having married the Emperor to maintain a life of privilege. It remains to be seen if Mortal Kombat 11's customization options will offer the alternative of a living Sindel.

The black background of the recent screenshot teasers remains reminiscent of trailers for Mortal Kombat X's Kombat Pack 1 and Kombat Pack 2. We've only seen guest fighter Spawn in a sketch teaser, and two unnamed guests also announced in the Shang Tsung reveal trailer remain unaccounted for, but could speculate that might change with a reveal trailer in the near future. Boon shared the pic with "7 deadly Sindels" - a catchy tagline, or cryptic timeframe?

What do you think of Sindel's new look? What do you think's on the horizon? Hit the comments section below to pay tribute to MK's scream queen and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Pro Kompetition: SonicFox Wins CEO 2019
SonicFox back on top in MK11!

The Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition made its second stop arriving in Daytona, Florida this weekend for the 2019 CEO Fighting Game Championships. The fur was flying as the Summer action heated up and MK staples stepped up!


Watch: Day 1 | Top 24 to Top 8 | Top 8 Finals

Kombat prodigy SonicFox bounced back from his loss in the Combo Breaker Grand Final, mustering a heroic effort to claim his first crown for the 2019/2020 Season!

Runner-up Dragon piled on the pressure when he forced SonicFox into the losers brackets with a 3-0 Semi Final clean sweep. A f0xy Grampa suffered a similar fate, sent into a sudden death faceoff with SonicFox by the dominant Dragon. A perfect 3-0 secured SonicFox's win out of the Second Chance bracket, but meant he still needed to win the reset if he was going to take the title. Dragon came out strong, dominating air, land, and probably sea in a first round blitz that saw his Cetrion dominate Jacqui Briggs. A switch to Cassie Cage quickly brought a finesse and timing to Fox's game that opened Dragon to punishing combos and a surprise 3-1 defeat. Dragon showed tremendous resolve even as the bracket was reset. Intuitive play and masterful throwing kept SonicFox in control in the end, taking out the 3-1 Grand Final Reset.

SonicFox was gratious in defeat, shaking his opponent's hand and applauding the runner-up as he celebrated his title win. A composed display in stark contrast to one of the most talked about moments of the tournament when Combo Breaker winner Scar was berated by rival Buffalo during heats. Buffalo loomed over his rival after a 2-0 victory, shouting and gesticulating through a fountain of hair as Scar kept his cool. The drama didn't effect Scar in the end, going on to earn a respectable place in the Top 16.

Podium finishes for Dragon and A F0xy Grampa improved on last month's final rank. DizzyTT and Deoxys also showed great consistency with high placements. You can relive all the major action from the tournament by scouring the hours of video embedded in the player above - or just check out the Top 16 below!

CEO Top 16 Finalists & Points Scorers:
#1 SonicFox (Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs)
#2 Dragon (Cetrion)
#3 A F0xy Grampa (Kung Lao)
#4 Ninjakilla212 (Liu Kang, Jacqui Briggs)
#5 Noble Kombat (Johnny Cage, Baraka, Geras)
#5 Tweedy (Jacqui Briggs, Frost, Geras)
#7 SylverRye (Liu Kang)
#7 Kevoxreborn (Sonya Blade, Jacqui Briggs)
#9 Daddy (Sub-Zero)
#9 Grr (Geras)
#9 DJT (Baraka)
#9 Deoxys (Geras, Erron Black)
#13 DizzyTT (Sonya Blade)
#13 Nubcakes (Jacqui Briggs)
#13 Scar (Sonya Blade, Scorpion)
#13 TekkenMaster (Sonya Blade, Erron Black)
#17 Biohazard
#17 Burrito Voorhees
#17 BeyondToxin
#17 Forever King
#17 Chris Notez
#17 Big D
#17 Kitana Prime
#17 Coach Steve (Insaynne)
#25 The Magician
#25 traphustla101
#25 2eZ
#25 Ominous
#25 HoneyBee
#25 Noobe
#25 Jer
#25 Shark Teeth

The Pro Kompetition Series rankings have been shaken up not just by the result at CEO, but also the intervening Mortal Kombat 11 Online NA East tournament, which offered reduced points to Top 13 finalists. The Top 3 finalists from the online event were Kombat (1st), SonicFox (2nd), and Dragon (3rd). The extra 125pts from his win helped Kombat shoot up the ranks, while Dragon scored a handy extra 65pts to bolster his second place status! A 7th place online finish for Biohazard means he's equal on points with DJT, but defaults out of the Top 16 ranks per the 2nd tie breaker clause that prioritizes Premier events. See the fully updated Top 16 below:

Pro Kompetition: Top 16 Series Rankings:
#1 SonicFox (690pts)
#2 Dragon (465pts)
#3 A F0xy Grampa (370pts)
#3 Tweedy (370pts)
#3 Scar (370pts)
#6 Kombat (285pts)
#7 Ninjakilla_212 (250pts)
#8 Semiij (205pts)
#9 Grr (115pts)
#10 Deoxys (110pts)
#11 Kevoxreborn (90pts)
#11 Big D (90pts)
#13 SylverRye (85pts)
#14 Daddy (75pts)
#15 DizzyTT (60pts)
#16 DJT (50pts)

The next major stop on the tour takes the Pro Kompetition to Austria for Viennality this weekend, July 5th-7th! Visit the website for details and registration info for the $15k Premier event. Catch up on the tour with the Pro Kompetition Announcement and join the discussion about tournament results on the Gameplay & Matchmaking and Mortal Kombat 11 forum!