News Archive - July, 2021
Mortal Kombat 11 Reaches 12 Million Units Sold
Latest entry joins series' top sellers!

Mortal Kombat 11 may have concluded its run of add-on content, but that hasn't stopped it becoming one of the biggest installments in the long running franchise! Warner Brothers Games issued a press release to celebrate a major sales milestone and thank fans for their continued support. Read on for details:

According to the WB Games announcement: the game has now sold more than 12 million units worldwide since its release in April, 2019. This has contributed to a total 73 million video game units for the entire life of the legendary series, and brought MK11 close to surpassing Mortal Kombat X as the series' highest selling chapter!

In addition to the recent console success, Mortal Kombat Mobile has reached a staggering 138 million installs on phones and mobile devices. The free-to-play app has become an industry unto its own, continuing a highly profitable model that offers new playable characters such as the recent addition of MK11's Fire God Liu Kang and MK11 Ultimate's Rain.

Series co-creator and NetherRealm Studios Creative DIrector Ed Boon offered his appreciation for die hards like the MK Online kommunity, quoted as saying: "We have some of the most passionate fans in the world and we appreciate the support they have shown us over the years." He also tweeted about the announcement, adding "[W]e wanted to send a massive THANK YOU to all the support Mortal Kombat fans have given us over the years. It means EVERYTHING to us."

Mortal Kombat 11 drastically extended its lifespan with the release of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath last May, introducing klassic playable characters and adding to the time bending storyline with an entirely new five chapter story mode. It was brought onto a new generation of console hardware in November with the release of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, which also offered Kombat Pack 2 and the final inclusion of three characters.

NetherRealm Studios have confirmed production on an unannounced new game, but kombat will continue as soon as next month when animated adaptation Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is released to blu-ray and streaming.

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Red Band Trailer]

The brand is expected to remain stable now that WarnerMedia has completed its merger with Discovery and declared intentions to keep WB Games mostly intact. Mobile developer Playdemic was sold to Electronic Arts for $1.4 Billion dollars last month.

Mortal Kombat 11 is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia. Could it yet become the best selling in series history? Share your thoughts in the comments below and keep the conversation alive in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Raiden Fights in Mortal Kombat Legends Battle of the Realms Preview
Kitana & Kintaro attack in new clip!

Raiden joins the fight in an electrifying new clip from the upcoming animated feature Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms. The thunder god is getting his hands dirty, joining Earthrealm's champions against the forces of Outworld! Take a look:

Sonya Blade (Jennifer Carpenter) and Johnny Cage (Joel McHale) stand alone against Kitana (Grey Griffin) and the army of Outworld until a ball of flame and the crash of lightning signals the arrival of the chosen one Liu Kang and Earthrealm's protector god.

The four-armed Kintaro (Dave Mitchell) uses his incredible strength to wrench a tree out of the ground and wield it as a weapon against Raiden, who reduces it to splinters with the awesome crackling power of his electricity!

The preview also features Liu Kang confronting Kitana about her allegiances to the Outworld Emperor, and a fresh glimpse of Reiko (Robin Atkin Downes). A small sampling of the ensemble cast announce in June.

Battle of the Realms is the sequel to Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge and will feature Sub-Zero on the cover when its released to 4K, Blu-Ray, and streaming on August 31st! Get a more thorough preview by catching up on the first official trailer and violent red band trailer. Then share your thoughts with us on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Diamond Select Toys Legends in 3D Scorpion Bust
Mortal Kombat klassic in half-scale!

Scorpion assumes his place in the pantheon of pop culture icons as part of the Legends in 3-Dimensions collectible bust series from Diamond Select Toys. The klassic ninja spectre becomes scintillating reality with a sculpt inspired by his appearance in Mortal Kombat II. Take a closer look:

The 9.2 inch tall half-scale bust is designed by artist Joe Allard after John Tobias and the makers of MKII, and sculpted by Salvador Gomes. Scorpion gazes intensely out of milky steely eyes, wearing iconic quilted yellow ninja gear with a texture black cowl.

Perched atop a plume of hellfire; the statue is 11.3 inches at its widest, 7.2 inches deep, and weighs around 4lbs. Available to order from the Diamond Select Toys website for $175.00 and is limited to only 1,000 productions! You can examine the statue in more detail in promotion stills below:

Scorpion is part of a cavalcade of pop culture icons in the Legends in 3-Dimensions series, including GI Joe ninja Storm Shadow, martial arts movie great Bruce Lee, Marvel's Wolverine, Iron Man, Thanos, and many more! Share your thoughts about your favourites in the comments below and discuss more in the Media & Merchandise forum! Or get righteously retro in the 2D Kombat Klassics forum!

MK11's Fire God Liu Kang Joins Mortal Kombat Mobile
By popular demand!

The legacy of Mortal Kombat 11 continues with the coming of one its most powerful fighters to Mortal Kombat Mobile! The power of the dragon & storm will be yours to control when you unlock Fire God Liu Kang for your handheld device. Watch the reveal trailer and learn more about his epic power:

According to the developer the enhanced version of Liu Kang was the overwhelming popular choice of their surveyed player wishlist earlier this year. He was also voted MK Online's 2021 Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion by you -- the fans!

Liu Kang ascended to the status of godhood when Raiden imbued him with his ethereal energy to bring about the ultimate defeat of Kronika in Mortal Kombat 11. The game may have ended its DLC cycle, but his reign as Fire God continues in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's story mode and now the newest chapter of MK Mobile!

Flames will be the godly Liu Kang's friend as he enhances his attack and health status in Mortal Kombat Mobile with the power of Dragon Fire! Take a look at some of the vital stats in the official infographic below:

The power of a Fire God will be yours to control by downloading MK Mobile for iOS & Android via the App Store or Google Play. You can also download the MKO App for free via App Store and Google Play to get notices to your device and more! Use it to like this article and find & discuss more MK Mobile on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Developer Announces End of Mortal Kombat 11 DLC
NetherRealm now working on new title.

It's been a little over two and a half years since Mortal Kombat 11 was first announced with a trailer during The Game Awards. Now NetherRealm Studios has said goodbye to the hugely successful sequel, formally announcing an end to downloadable content support. Read on for details:

The announcement came via the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account, dashing the hopes of a fourth wave of additional downloadable characters, while also sparking widespread speculation about a sequel to the 2017 DC Comics fighting game: Injustice 2.

Mortal Kombat 11 proved to be the complete package: a polished production from the outset that dramatically increased content with the sale of 13 additional characters, including pre-order bonus Shao Kahn, and an expansion of the already robust Story Mode feature with Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath -- a first for the series!

The late 2020 release of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate contended with several firsts of its own, bringing the game to next generation hardware on PlayStation 5 with cross-generation support, while much of the world was still in lockdown in the grip of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the first indications NetherRealm Studios was moving on came with their return to work early this year, and motion capture for "the next show". The developer's announcement has seemingly confirmed it will be for material found in their next release. The studio has also continued to fill significant job positions, undeterred by a rumored sale, corporate maneuverings, and the establishment of new parent company, Warner Bros Discovery.

[Related Article: Ed Boon Reveals Mortal Kombat 11 Sales And Impending News]

Exactly what's coming next remains to be seen. Creative Director Ed Boon inadvertently created soeculation for a Marvel versus DC crossover game with innocuous tweets about the respective movie studios, while a poll about remastered titles more deliberately started Shaolin Monks trending just last month. An international ratings listing for a klassic remaster called "Mortal Kombat Kollection Online" emerged in 2020, but has yet to yield any results.

Share your reaction to the end of DLC below and discuss the finished product in the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! Or tell us what you hope is next and explore the infinite possibilities of the Future MK Speculation forum! Help crown MK11 Ultimate's best character in the 2021 Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion tournament finals!

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Red Band Trailer
MK paints the town red!

If the first official trailer for the upcoming animated sequel Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms didn't seem bloody enough for you -- you're in luck! There'll be no waiting for the red band trailer this time! Warner Bros Entertainment has unleashed the alternate trailer showing more action and additional scenes. Take a look if you don't mind spoilers:

The trailer immediately distinguishes itself with a street scene showing Tarkatan warriors violently attacking a man and woman carrying a baby through the city. It can be inferred the infant is Liu Kang (Jordan Rodrigues), rescued from the Outworld killers in a last minute attack by Raiden (David B. Mitchell).

The red band trailer then sets the scene with various contextual clips shown in the first trailer, punctuated with a flurry of special moves, violence, and bloody scenes with X-ray attacks reminiscent of those seen in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge.

Meat is on the menu as Netherrealm demons and Outworld Tarkatans are carved and ripped apart by the likes of Scorpion (Patrick Seitz) and Kitana (Grey Griffin). Jax (Ike Amadi) exercises his new cybernetic arms against Kintaro, D'Vorah busts balls kicking Johnny Cage (Joel McHale), and Sonya Blade (Jennifer Carpenter) spoils the hopes & dreams of Li Mei fans!

[Related Article: Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Coming Summer]

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms officially arrives on 4K, Blu-Ray and digital on August 31st. Catch up on the standard trailer and final box art and tell us what you think of the red band trailer in the comments below! Download the MKO App via App Store and Google Play to receive notices by signing up to the release event and find more news & discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Trailer
Action packed animated first look!

The warriors of Earthrealm and Outworld will do battle in a final tournament to end all tournaments in Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, but this time the stakes are much bigger than the two warring sides. This time the battle will decide the fate of all worlds! Watch the first exciting trailer for the upcoming animated feature:

Liu Kang (Jordan Rodrigues) strides into the koliseum to confront Shao Kahn (Fred Tatasciore) in the opening seconds of the trailer. He is the chosen one, a pure soul watched over by the gods since birth, but to obtain victory he'll have to get past Shang Tsung (Artt Butler) and an eclectic assembly of Outworld warriors!

The loose of adaptation of the original plot to Mortal Kombat II looks to be taking plenty of liberties to expand the fighting roster and incorporate more of the cosmic mythology of the franchise's later years. Among Outworld's representatives will be later additions to the series: Reiko (Robin Atkin Downes), Li Mei, and D'Vorah (Debra Wilson). They'll face animated newcomers Kung Lao (Matt Yang King), Stryker (Matthew Mercer).

The animated sequel to last year's Scorpion's Revenge will also continue the saga of the titular ninja spectre. With his destiny altered by the first film, he undertakes a new mission to secure an ancient kamidogu and prevent the coming of One Being. The trailer teases his fight through Hell, the fury of Shinnok, and the coming of Kuai Liang (Bayardo De Murguia)!

The second Sub-Zero can be seen in official hi-res box art and during the trailer, which previews his quest to avenge his fallen brother, and struggles with cybernetically converted clansmen Sektor (Dave B. Mitchell) and Cyrax.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms will officially be released on blu-ray and digital on August 31st! Catch up on the original announcement and download the MKO App from the App Store and Google Play to get notices about the release! What's your favourite part of the trailer? Share your reaction in the comments below and enter the Media & Merchandise forum for more news & discussion!

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