GameStop Italy has released the first render image of Shao Kahn - the playable pre-order incentive for Mortal Kombat 11! He's got a whole different set of gear, which you can scrutinize in detail below:

As announced in the first official trailer: Shao Kahn will make a playable comeback in a similar role to Mortal Kombat X's earlybird bonus release of Goro.

Shao Kahn was featured meeting his apparent end in the rebooted Mortal Kombat (2011) story mode, where MKII and MK3 were retold in a new timeline. Seemingly destroyed on the brink of conquering Earthrealm; Kahn's absence set into motion an Outworld civil war that brought Mileena and Kotal Kahn to power in the intervening years.

Kahn's legacy saw his armor kept as a trophy in Quan Chi's Fortress, while his iconic hammer featured prominently in Mortal Kombat X comic books. MKX Mobile also featured a Shao Kahn collectible event telling a possible version of his return.

As one of the series' most enduring bosses, he has made rare playable appearances, always finding a way back from his apparent demise. It remains to be seen if his return will borrow from MKX Mobile, or play into the time bending story of Mortal Kombat 11. Goro was disappointingly absent from the last game's plot.

Emperor's Old Clothes: Shao Kahn's armor hanging in Quan Chi's fortress in MKX.

How will Shao Kahn make his return and have you pre-ordered? Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in April! Register to share all your thoughts on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum! Special thanks to MK Online User for submitting a newslead!