Even at 40-years-old, the video game industry still feels like Hollywood’s kid brother. Gaming has no shortage of masterpieces, but there’s still no consensus on gaming’s Citizen Kane. At over 25-years old, the Mortal Kombat series is one of gaming’s institutions. Since its 1992 debut, Mortal Kombat spawned sequels, spin-offs, and a camp-tastic movie during the mid-nineties. And the series’ iconic lines like “Finish him,” and “Get over here,” have bled their way into pop culture.
The franchise’s mix of addictive gameplay, crafty Easter eggs, and over-the-top violence earned legions of fans. But what hooked me was always the series’ bonkers mythology. Now the series is back with Mortal Kombat 11, and the arcane mythology is front and centre in the new “Story Trailer.”
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Mortal Kombat 11’s trailer fuses time-travel, extreme violence, and bad line reads for two deliciously absurd minutes. I get the sense that even if I didn’t tap out from the series a decade back, I still wouldn’t know WTF is going on. And I love it!
Completing most triple-A games requires the same time commitment as binging a couple seasons of Game of Thrones. The thought of popping in and out of a fighting game sounds mighty appealing. And although my fighting skills have atrophied, Mortal Kombat 11’s wild premise seems too juicy to pass up. I’m a sucker for a gripping story, and Mortal Kombat 11’s mix of cyborgs, alien beings, and martial arts has guilty pleasure written all over it. I’m all in. On April 23, catch me on my couch with a controller in my hand and a silly grin on my face.
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Mortal Kombat 11 is an upcoming fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on the Unreal Engine 3, it is the eleventh main installment in the Mortal Kombat series and a sequel to 2015’s Mortal Kombat X.
Allies, past and present, will be called upon to protect the Realms from Kronika.
Mortal Kombat 11 drops worldwide on April 23, 2019. Pre-order and receive Beta access March 28 -31.