News Archive - August, 2019
Konsole Kombat II Registration Now Open!
MK Online and CGL Team Up for a $20,000 Tournament! FREE ENTRY!

Registration is now officially open for entrants to the Konsole Kombat II tournament hosted by Console Gaming League (CGL). For those not in the know, we have partnered with CGL and several other big names in the MK 11 esports scene to host two pre-qualifier tournaments, where the winners will go on to compete in the final tournament hosted by CGL for $10,000 on XBOX and $10,000 on PS4. For those who didn't know, we have a trailer below with the announcement:

No travel is required to compete in these events and they are completely free of charge! That's right, you can win $10,000 by not even leaving your sofa! The whole tournament is comprised online. However, rules do state that WiFi is banned. The full list of rules for the tournament are listed below:

RULES

  • Double Elimination
  • All New Characters are banned for 30 days from release date.
  • Tournament Mode Default Option
  • 90 second timer
  • Wi-Fi Banned
  • Interactables On
  • Tournament Mode Variations Only
  • 2/3 Brackets
  • 3/5 Top 8
  • Winner must keep character
  • Loser may switch
  • Random stage select (players may opt for an agreed stage)

Registration is limited to 32 players maximum for each tournament, and registration officially ends September 20th. On October 17th, we will be hosting the XBOX ONE tournament, and October 24th, we will be hosting the PS4 tournament. Both tournaments go live on air at Mixer.com/Mortal-Kombat at 5 P.M. Central. Register and get in there while you can! Space is limited!

You can register for the XBOX ONE tournament on October 17th here: https://smash.gg/MKO_XBOX

And you can register for the PS4 tournament on October 24th here: https://smash.gg/MKO_PS4

Official Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack Trailer
Terminator & Joker revealed in DLC trailer!

It's been a comparatively long wait, but at last the Kombat Pack is officially here! You've seen Shang Tsung and Nightwolf in action -- now meet the four remaining characters in fully rendered form!

They were teased back in June: Now Terminator T-800 and The Joker can officially join the Mortal Kombat 11 cast as upcoming playable guest fighters!

As anticipated: the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger brings the grizzled visage of the iconic T-800 to life in conjunction with the November theatrical release of Terminator: Dark Fate. You won't have to wait that long to bring the mechanical menace of the Terminator to MK11, though. Early access begins October 8th for players who've purchased the Kombat Pack or Premium Editions.

The trailer also formally reveals Edenian Queen Sindel and comic book guest Spawn, who were teased with a trailer screenshot and sketch teasers. Sindel will follow the T-800 with early access starting November 26th, before the comic book guests take us into the next year: Joker on January 28th, and Spawn March 17th.

What do you think now that you've seen all six Kombat Pack fighters in motion? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mehcad Brooks Shares Mortal Kombat Training Photo
The actor is preparing to become Jax!

Mehcad Brooks has become a familiar presence as a regular on TV's Supergirl, now entering its fifth season. As James Olsen, he was never the lanky, freckled redhead dwarfed by best pal Superman in comic books, but the impressive 38 year old appears to be taking his physique to another level in preparation to play Jax in the Mortal Kombat movie reboot.

Having already reacted to news of his casting; Brooks shared a revealing photo to Instagram showing off his transformation. It appears training has added some serious bulk to the actor and model's already muscular 6'4" frame!

Jax was originated for arcades in Mortal Kombat II by bodybuilder John Parrish, whose arms and physique inspired changes to the digitized character design. A special forces soldier with phenomenal strength, Jax was later enhanced with now iconic metal arms in MK3.

Brooks appears to be working hard to embody the character as fans know it, shedding the presumptions that come with his CW past as he also leaves Supergirl. In another message to followers, he reminisced about growing up playing Mortal Kombat video games.

This didn’t really hit me until I was on the plane to Australia Sunday and I mouthed the words “I’m in Mortal Kombat”. I’ve been playing this game since I was a kid with #Scorpion and #Jax I played it most days after homework, sometimes before and up all night at friend’s places at sleepovers. My friends parents would ask us why we hadn’t slept and we just kept saying shit like “fatality” and “finish him”. We were nerds. Video game junkies they called us. Now y’all are called #gamers and get paid for it. I was before my time I guess. #MortalKombat was kind of the violent uncle I never had. I love you MK. You raised me. Don’t tell Mom. #justakidfromaustin

Filming for Motal Kombat begins next month in South Australia, where almost 2,500 hopefuls lined up to appear as extras over the weekend. The film will also feature Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, and Tadanobu Asano as Raiden. Share your thoughts about the live-action Jax in the comments below and follow all the MK movie news and discussion on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Australian Hopefuls Lineup For Mortal Kombat Extras
South Australia goes Kombat kasting krazy!

They came in droves, wielding a unique array of skills and attire, all united by a single mutual goal: to participate in the next Mortal Kombat. It wasn't a scene from the classic fighting game franchise, but rather the first stage in the process for casting around 1,500 extras who'll appear in the 2021 feature film reboot...

The island nation of Australia is far more sprawling than the isolated domain of Shang Tsung's tournament. It's specifically the lower central state of South Australia that's gone 'kombat krazy' since the multi-million dollar production was first announced in May. The extras casting call made front page news over the weekend as Adelaide's The Advertiser documented the Sunday event.

The quiet suburb of Glenside is playing host to the biggest film production of its type to grace the state, attracting an estimated 2,500 hopefuls who lined around the block for a chance to be chosen for extras roles.

The masses of humanity were marched through a process of being photographed and filed, with particular attention given by Heeson Casting staff to unique physical attributes, such as tattoos and piercings. Some were trained martial artists, others simply eager fans who chose to dress in costume in an effort to get noticed. In the end, over half are expected to return for filming beginning in September. The more physically impressive - the better, but Angela Heesom told The Sunday Mail they're looking for "average" people, as well. Some won't know until they're summoned to shoot as late as December.

Not much could be inferred from the extras casting session, but The Sunday Mail reports one intriguing exception to the adult cut-off: Young girls of Asian descent aged 6 and 9.

Sources tell us the production is actively seeking extras of Asian heritage, with several Japanese and Chinese girls present. For fans of the series, the ethnic significance will come as no surprise, but children are a rarity for the violent martial arts franchise. It may be as simple as scenes populated with families in the background, but some speculation will lead to uniquely significant roles, such as the murdered family of Scorpion.

Almost nothing is known about the plot of the new feature film, which will be led by first-time feature director Simon McQuoid, with fellow Australian director James Wan (Aquaman) serving as one of the key producers. Much has been made about efforts to "do it right", with writer Greg Russo touting R-rated fatalities to come.

Five iconic characters have been cast so far, with Japanese star Tadanobu Asano tweeting about his role as Raiden after reports he was in negotiation. Scorpion's mortal nemesis Sub-Zero was the first character released.

Were you among the thousands who auditioned? Tell us all about your experience in the comments section below and follow all the Mortal Kombat ews and discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat Actors React to Casting News
Raiden actor & more react to joining new movie.

With news of several major roles now cast, fans and actors alike have been celebrating the beginnings of a new Mortal Kombat movie. Four of the five actors cast so far have used social media to react, including Tadanobu Asano -- the man who would be Raiden! Read on:

Along with retweeting several articles about his casting negotiation, the Japanese actor (Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi) seemingly confirmed his status by declaring "I am RAIDEN" via Twitter. Tadanobu's has been just one of the messages of thanks and readiness shared by the cast, so far. See their reactions below:

Joe Taslim was the first to make his role known with news of his casting as Sub-Zero reported early in July. Taslim shared the news with artwork by Nikolai Baslajik, who has created portraits for all of the cast, so far.

The Mortal Kombat movie reboot begins filming in South Australia in the coming weeks for a 2021 theatrical release. Simon McQuoid directs with James Wan among producers. Follow all the movie news and discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum, and by connecting with MK Online on Twitter and Facebook.

Artist Envisions Mortal Kombat Movie Cast
BossLogic renders new cast as Kombat icons!

Four iconic characters have reportedly been cast for the Mortal Kombat live-action movie reboot, which remains largely enshrouded in mystery. Details concerning plot and costume design remain unknown, but noted concept artist Nikolai "BossLogic" Baslajik has imagined the new stars in their upcoming roles. Check it out:


The prolific digital artist shared his kreations to Twitter and Instagram, where he also offered a stunning series of fan casting concepts earlier this year. The new images depict the much talked about Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, and newcomer Sisi Stringer as Mileena.

The Advertiser Sunday Mail reports filming is "weeks away" with extensive extras casting already underway in South Australia, where the production will film for a theatrical release in 2021.

What do you think of BossLogic's vision of things to come? Share your thoughts in the comments below, submit your own art to MK Online's kommunity Fan Kreation archive, and follow all the news and discussion on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack Trailer This Week
DLC spotlight trailer coming Wednesday!

The wait for Mortal Kombat 11's downloadable extras has been a little longer than previous games, but the wait is almost over! A full Kombat Pack trailer arrives this week, as teased with an amusing released to Twitter earlier this month. Read on:

NetherRealm Studios and Creative Director Ed Boon have certainly heard fans' cry for more since the game's April release! They acknowledged the social media chorus with a teaser video that shows Shang Tsung on an iPhone and promises a full trailer Wednesday, August 21st!

Shang Tsung was the first downloadable character announced way back in March. An official gameplay reveal trailer also confirmed three more of the five remaining Kombat Pack characters, with Nightwolf arriving to early access this week.

Efforts to placate impatient fans have included the release of a first-look at Sindel in a screenshot that recalls the heavy shadows typical of past game's DLC reveal trailers. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane also hyped his character's inclusion during San Diego Comic-Con.

With two guest characters strongly suspected but yet to be revealed - what do you hope to see in the Wednesday trailer? Tell us all about it in the comments below and connected with MK Online on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum, Twitter, and Facebook.

Mortal Kombat Movie Adds Jax, Mileena & Raiden
Supergirl & Thor actors lineup as iconic fighters.

The cast of the Mortal Kombat movie just got a massive injection of characters & talent with three roles confirmed cast, and a fourth in negotiation! Read on:

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively confirmed the casting of iconic Mortal Kombat fighters: Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Mileena, and Liu Kang!

Mehcad Brooks became a familiar face on TV's Supergirl playing an impressive, off-model version of Jimmy Olsen, who also doubled as the armored vigilante Guardian. He'll now apply that muscle to the role of Jax. Australian unknown Sisi Stringer will step into the role of Mileena. Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, who fittingly appeared in Thor: Ragnarok as one of the thunder god's friends, Hogun, is reportedly in talks to play the thunder god Raiden.

THR notes New Line Cinema is seeking a "diverse international cast" that authentically reflects the origins of the game series, recruiting actors from various realms of experience, including film, television, and martial arts.


Tadanobu Asano, Mehcad Brooks, and Sisi Stringer (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Canadian actor Ludi Lin is also locked in according to the THR report, confirming very recent news he was in negotiations to play Liu Kang. He confirmed as much himself, thanking fans for their support for the series, while paying homage to Robin Shou, who iconically played the role in 1995's Mortal Kombat and the sequel Mortal Kombat; Annihilation.

The confirmed trio joins Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero with filming to begin later this year in Australia for a 2021 theatrical release. Simon McQuoid makes his feature directing debut, which is said to feature R-rated action with a sense of humor.

What do dyed in the wool fans think of the new names? Share your reactions with us in the comments below and follow all the news and discussion on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat Movie Eyeing Power Rangers Star for Liu Kang
Actor seen in Black Mirror and Aquaman reportedly in talks.

So far only one feature role has been confirmed cast for the upcoming 2021 Mortal Kombat movie reboot. Fresh reports suggest a prominent actor is in serious talks to play Liu Kang. Read on:


Ludi Lin (right) as "Lance" in Black Mirror Season 5 episode "Striking Vipers".

Variety is reporting actor Ludi Lin has entered negotiations with New Line Cinema. The Chinese born Canadian actor starred as the Black Ranger in Saban's big screen Power Rangers reboot, and more recently featured as a virtual martial artist in the Mortal Kombat inspired episode of Black Mirror: Strking Vipers [pictured above].

Lin seems to be a strong prospect having also appeared as Captain Murk in 2018's Aquaman: a DC Comics superhero epic directed by James Wan, who is also serving as producer on Mortal Kombat. Born in the Fujian province, he received education in Australia, where filming will begin later this year. Australian Simon McQuoid will direct.

Liu Kang's role in the Mortal Kombat feature film will be heavily scrutinized by fans who know him best as a Shaolin Monk destined to defend the realm of Earth as champion of the Mortal Kombat tournament. His story was memorably adapted in the 1995 feature film starring Robin Shou.

James Wan has stressed efforts to "get it right", actively rebuking plot rumors. Under director Kevin Tancharoen, Liu Kang was rumored to be reinvented as a supermarket clerk. Tancharoen gave the character an amoral edge when Brian Tee appeared in the official Mortal Kombat' Legacy webseries.

Have Ludi Lin's cinematic martial arts credits inspired fresh hope for the R-rated reboot? Share your thoughts in the comments below and follow news and discussion on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast to Preview Nightwolf
Learn the secret of the spirits!

Nightwolf is coming to Mortal Kombat 11 early access in just under a week! The next downloadable character makes his playable return August 13th -- but you can get the inside take on what's coming in today's Kombat Kast! Watch it right here:

The next Kombat Kast goes live at the usual time of 3:00PM CST with an in-depth look at Nightwolf gameplay and details from the upcoming balance patch!

Catch up on the official Nightwolf gameplay trailer and be back here to watch in the embedded stream above! Be sure to share your thoughts with us live in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Evo 2019 Mortal Kombat 11 World Championship
Kombat returns to Sin City!

The Evo World Championship is the biggest live tournament event in the gaming world, and for players in the Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition it was a chance to score major points towards the series rankings! The favourites assembled in Las Vegas with a $15,000 prize purse on the line and the biggest bragging rights of them all!


Watch: Day 1 | Day 2 | Championship

Even as Mortal Kombat 11 made its Evo debut, there was a lot that felt familiar about the World Championship finals. Sonic Fox once again proved he is the unshakeable constant of the Mortal Kombat scene, securing his third Mortal Kombat and fifth career Evo World Title! It was almost six -- he was also runner-up playing Dragon Ball FighterZ! SonicFox is technically the defending champion, having won the 2016 Mortal Kombat XL tournament -- the last time MK was at Evo.

The 2019 MK11 Grand Final was an inversion of the finish to July's CEO 2019 tournament. There, SonicFox was forced to overcome the pressure of falling into the second chance bracket. This time it was his rival Dragon who fought from underneath - but the end result was much the same. SonicFox closed it out with a clean 3-0 win.

The grand competitive stage brought the best out of Deoxys! He improved on 7th at Combo Breaker to earn his best career result, 4th behind 2016 MKXL runner-up and unpredictable excitement machine Tekken Master!

You can check out the Top 100 players below and scroll through to find the latest update on the Pro Kompetition Top 16!

Evo World Championship Top 100 Finalists:
#1 SonicFox (Cassie Cage)
#2 Dragon (Cetrion)
#3 Tekken Master (Geras, Erron Black, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade)
#4 Deoxys (Geras)
#5 A F0xy Grampa (Shang Tsung, Kung Lao, Cassie cage)
#5 Tweedy (Jacqui Briggs, Baraka, Geras)
#7 Hayatei (Erron Black)
#7 Semiij (Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs)
#9 Rewind (Scorpion)
#9 Zack Rob (Geras)
#9 Big D (Cetrion)
#9 Scar (Sonya Blade)
#13 BeyondToxin (Noob Saibot)
#13 DJT (Baraka)
#13 Clprimtetime (Kabal)
#13 DizzyTT (Sonya Blade)

#33 Infinitii (Sonya Blade)
#33 SylverRye (Liu Kang)
#33 Firebomber (Kitana)
#33 Maverick (Cassie Cage)
#33 OriginalShinobi (Scorpion)
#33 Fern219 (Sub-Zero)
#33 Shine (Jacqui Briggs)
#33 Euphoring (Erron Black)
#33 Waz (Shang Tsung)
#33 Skadoodley (Raiden)
#33 BlackouT (Erron Black)
#33 Grr (Geras)
#33 RZA (Liu Kang)
#33 Dab (Jax)
#33 Complaint_inboxx (Jacqui Briggs)
#33 Shaolin (Liu Kang)

#65 SonDula
#65 TheGreatShake
#65 Aquasam
#65 PerfectLegend
#65 Blackula
#65 Magneto1080p
#65 Matrix
#65 Donikkans
#65 Jer
#65 Hooligan
#65 H4Zard
#65 Oserous3
#65 MIT
#65 Syknis
#65 HeroKillerStain
#65 Bahadrew

#97 JotdownJay
#97 Alex Smith
#97 Kuviraa
#97 JayGeorgeM20z
#97 GuttaVis
#97 Slendyy
#97 Fasoll
#97 OneSavvySavage
#97 Mansa
#97 MortySeinfeld
#97 Limbo
#97 PR Balrog
#97 Cuddle
#97 BarterRaccoon
#97 MilkySituation
#97 Kensou
#17 Kitana Prime (Jade)
#17 HoneyBee (Cassie Cage)
#17 WIZEGEMiNi (Liu Kang)
#17 Kevoxreborn (Sonya Blade)
#17 Theo (Sub-Zero)
#17 Kombat (Scorpion)
#17 Eternal_xld (Geras)
#17 Sakr0n (Sonya Blade, Skarlet)
#25 Daddy (Sub-Zero)
#25 BasicS (Cassie Cage)
#25 AMBU_GetReked (Erron Black)
#25 Coach Steve (Insaynne) (Jacqui Briggs)
#25 Bugattiblair (Shang Tsung)
#25 TheMightyUnjust (Erron Black)
#25 Biohazard (Kano)
#25 Kilgore_Trout (Jacqui Briggs)

#49 Noobe
#49 Cheeko
#49 JensonisFree
#49 Gummy
#49 Ominous
#49 GuyInGreen
#49 iLuusions
#49 Coosco
#49 Houstonboykin
#49 MrSoloLobo
#49 Blaqkcloud
#49 Footwurk
#49 DevilTrigger
#49 Forever King
#49 Shady
#49 Jueks

#65 Han Rashid
#65 Brandon #1
#65 GooGie
#65 ItsDillicious
#65 CitizenSnips
#65 Michaelangelo
#65 BlueAuroraHippo
#65 DJ Malady
#65 FGCStronk
#65 Alcatraz
#65 TonyjaaBreaker
#65 KillStreak
#65 NYChrisG
#65 EmperorRio
#65 Nubcakes
#65 700kp

#97 KingFalcon
#97 Pokchop
#97 Krayzie
#97 MisterNauj
#97 Herbz
#97 PoppaCap48
#97 Dracarys
#97 Quake
#97 Haber
#97 Soris
#97 TrueUnderDawg
#97 LordKakashi
#97 Blackmore
#97 Conceited Coffee
#97 D3adlyKansas
#97 Fresh

With a one-time Grand Slam rate on points at Evo, the Top 16 was super-charged wtih a maximum 600pts on offer! By reaching his fourth final in the Pro Kompetition series, SonicFox set himself up with a comfortable lead that could just about see him through to the year end final! An extra 450pts put Dragon in second, solid as a rock over steady contender A F0xy Grampa. 4th place dramatically boosted Deoxys, but Viennality runner-up Tekken Master was the biggest gainer! Zack Rob joins the ranks with an impressive 9th place finish with his only tournament placement so far. Equal 5th placings at Viennality have Asodimazze and Boki hanging on to a coin toss in the 16th spot. Check out the updated table below:

Pro Kompetition: Top 16 Series Rankings:
#1 SonicFox (1290pts)
#2 Dragon (915pts)
#3 A F0xy Grampa (860pts)
#4 Tekken Master (640pts)
#5 Tweedy (630pts)
#6 Hayatei (590pts)
#7 Scar (510pts)
#8 Deoxys (430pts)
#9 Semiij (405pts)
#10 DizzyTT (340pts)
#11 Kombat (325pts)
#12 Ninjakilla_212 (250pts)
#13 Big D (230pts)
#14 Rewind (145pts)
#15 Zack Rob (140pts)
#16 Asodimazze / Boki (140pts)

We close the book on another Evo extravvaganze, but August remains busy for the Pro Kompetition! August 17th-18th will decide the second Online NA West tournament before the luck of the Irish is put to the test in Dublin for Celtic Throwdown on the weekend of August 31st! Catch up with more by following the Pro Kompetition and share your reactions on the Gameplay & Matchmaking and Mortal Kombat 11 forums!

Nightwolf Arrives in Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Trailer
Nightwolf returns!

The long awaited Nightwolf reveal trailer is finally here! The Matoka warrior takes on klassic MK3 contemporary Kabal in an action packed trailer that shows off his deadly arsenal in Mortal Kombat 11. Take a look:

Tomahawk hand axes and a glowing bow & arrow signals the fusion of old and new in the Kombat Pack's next downloadable fighter!

Nightwolf walks with animal spirits beside him, unleashing new enhanced attacks with hawk and bear motifs, while also calling upon old favourites to hack, slash, spear, and strike at his rivals! Just like Mortal Kombat 3, he can summon lightning strikes and deflect projectiles. His most iconic weapons remain his deadliest, controlling the short, mid, and ranged with close quarters knife stabs, graceful axe swipes, and arrow projectiles!

The trailer pits Nightwolf against Baraka, Kotal Kahn, and newly instated Black Dragon rival Kabal, whose death culminates in another gruesome fatality for the series. Victory is punctuated with a roar echoed by a beying wolf spirit somewhere on a moonlit mountain. A cinematic capper for the hotly anticipated returning fighter!

As previously reported, early access for Kombat Pack holders begins August 13th. The trailer also confirms a Klassic Arcade Fighter Skin Pack with MK3 inspired designs for Jax, Kung Lao, and Kano.

Nightwolf is the second downloadable fighter released as part of the Kombat Pack. He joins Shang Tsung, with Sindel already teased and much discussed guest Spawn. Was Nightwolf worth the wait? Tell us all about it in the comments below and join the discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

MKO User Poll
Most Anticipated Movie Casting?
40.9%
Ludi Lin (Liu Kang)
18.2%
Mehcad Brooks (Jax)
13.6%
Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero)
13.6%
Tadanobu Asano (Raiden)
13.6%
Sisi Stringer (Mileena)