The next big Kombat Kast developer stream is almost upon us, and it's the perfect counter-programming for even the most love-filled St Valentine's Day! An unnamed female Mortal Kombat 11 fighter will be revealed -- and you can watch & react right here as it happens! Read on:
Update: By now you've seen the reveal render, watched the trailer, and know full well Jade is back in Mortal Kombat 11!
We still don't know where the green-clad assassin was while she was Mourned during Mortal Kombat X, but as a returning revenant she either never ceased to exist, or has since been restored by Kitana, who was last seen taking control of the Netherrealm. Her old friend & bodyguard would certainly be a logical chocie if the Empress needs an enforcer!
Customization means Jade won't remain dead forever. Even if the time bending story doesn't revisit her living past, players will be able to kit her out in masked and unmasked designs that show her alive and well. An interesting green & brown design debuted during hte stream in hooded and unhooded versions [screenshots below].
Efforts have been made to infuse her moveset with some personality, combining "sass" with elements of the dancer's grace she showed in Mortal Kombat (2011). The presentation of some moves includes teleportation that otherwise serves no function. Why she teleports freely is conceptually unclear, but it will be expedient in animations, and visually interesting.
The bo staff and specials will offer Jade command over her space, with simple attacks dominating mid and mid-high range zones. Her version fo the shadow kick is fast and dangerous, combining well with aerial glaive projectiles, and simple combo chains. Combos won't play to Jade's strengths, which is one of the ways opponents will be able to seize opportunities. Breaking through Jade's control of zones will put the war of attrition in favour of better comboing characters. Get in low and fast and the potential to punish Jade will open.
The similarities to Jade's klassic UMK3 era attacks won't end at presentation of special attacks, with frustrating AI set to make a comeback as seen in the gameplay trailer. Fans who miss MK3's run feature will also want to explore Jade's ability to rush opponents.
Jade doesn't have to get her hands dirty to be an effective assassin. The stream noted she once sprayed Tanya with a jar of Tarkatan essence, leading a Tarkatan horde to tear her apart. This is likely a reference to her Deception ending, where the hypothetical outcome was displayed. It remains to be seen if this is just an isolated example of Jade's skill, or if Kronika's time bending plot will reintroduce past possibilities through the altered timeline. MK Online tends to suspect the former.
This stream also literally and figuratively showed off more of Baraka! New customizable designs expose the berzerker more than ever, but don't think his moves have been pared down! His spark projectile has been cranked up to be faster and more deadly, and his rapid stabs can be enhanced for maximum effect! He also fights with a new war banner, which, once planted, offers a damage buff, and alternate weapon he can use to sweep, stab, and strike. The banner has a short window, but if used to stab, he'll replant the flag to start over. The flag can also be grabbed for an armor boost and charging assault! Get in the way - it's your own fault!
Original: Last week's delayed stream saw the unveiling of Kabal, while on the Inside Xbox stream fans were treated to a taste of surprise returning MKX fighter: D'Vorah! Don't think she's the mysterious woman soon to be revealed, though! Kombat Kast host Tyler Lansdown shot that theory down on Twitter, shortly after the first episode.
Popular speculation has many fans expecting Kitana to enter play, but the only way to know for sure is to tune in to the Twitch stream at 3:00 PM CST (1PM PST)! Watch in the embedded stream above and join the pre-game speculation & live discussion on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!