Mortal Kombat 11 is now officially available, but that doesn't mean its given up all of its secrets! So far Shang Tsung is the only one of six characters announced for the upcoming Kombat Pack. The downloadable content is sold separately and as part of premium editions, but data mined from the game's code may have illuminated what else is coming down the pike. Warning! This report may contain spoilers:
A post to Reddit highlights code extracted from the Nintendo Switch port of Mortal Kombat 11, which was released to some regions slightly early. It shows code strings directing to DLC content paths named for some very familiar characters from Mortal Kombat, as well as broad pop culture.
The code's existence has been verified by several sources and is available to anyone with the inclination to find it. It appears to suggest pending appearances by: Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Sindel, Fujin, Sheeva, comic book anti-hero Spawn, DC Comics's The Joker, cinema's time travelling Terminator, and Ash, probably from the Evil Dead franchise, given MK's proclivity for prominent film brands.
Creator Todd McFarlane let slip last December that he expects Spawn to make an appearance, having discussed open deals in the past. Todd McFarlane Productions will also be releasing MK11 action figures some time next year.
In 2015, it was Ed Boon who revealed that The Terminator (presumably T-800) had been considered for Mortal Kombat X. The movie franchise welcomes Linda Hamilton back to the screen as celebrated iconic lead Sarah Connor when Terminator: Dark Fate is released to cinemas in October. Warner Brothers will also release The Joker that same month, spotlight Joaquin Phoenix as a new take on DC's clown prince of crime. The film's hard-edge may lend itself to the lethality shied away from when Joker has appeared in the Injustice and Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe games.
Sheeva leads the Shokan and Tarkatan in the Mortal Kombat 11 Launch Trailer.
If the implications of the data play out, Sheeva will graduate from her MK11 Story Mode appearance to a fully playable model. Likewise, Mortal Kombat X revenants Sindel and Nightwolf will return, with long requested wind god Fujin making his first playable appearance since 2006's Mortal Kombat: Armageddon! No word on other non-playable fighters like Sektor and Cyrax. Hope springs eternal that Mortal Kombat 11 will include these characters as hidden unlockables.
We only officially know of six characters coming to Kombat Pack downloads, but with DLC increasing with each NetherRealm Studios release, future downloads aren't hard to imagine. Will we see these characters and more in the coming year? Join the speculation on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!