Netherrealm Studios brings back its iconic fighting game with a whole new coat of paint and enough gallons of blood to cover Earthrealm twice over.
For the uninitiated, Mortal Kombat is a hyper-violent title that has ninjas fight demonic warriors and movie stars fight gods, all in the name of keeping Earthrealm safe from the armies of Outworld’s Shao Kahn. The beta I spent time with included both online matchmaking and Tower mode.
Tower mode will allow players to fight against AI characters to learn button combinations and to test out each character’s moveset. Each fighter also has two or three different profiles that change how the character plays. The iconic Scorpion, for instance, has a profile focused on quick movement and short range, while another focuses on ranged control with more active use of his iconic chain-and-spear.
The customization options for MK11 are a standout feature. Players will be able to alter things like the outfit and unique item — things like Scorpion’s facemask, Kabal’s Hookblades or Baraka’s arm blades. Along with that, players will also be able to give each character new abilities which can change their moveset. Each cosmetic item seems to have three slots to augment performance, but that functionality wasn’t in the beta.
There’s also an option that will allow players to adjust how the AI behaves when fighting against the computer. For example, players can set the AI to grab more often, or to prioritize counter moves. Depending on how many profiles the game will allow players to create, it could be a really useful tool in training for competitive play. Additionally, MK11 includes settings like how long the timing window is for special move button combos and alternate control settings for special moves — both smart additions that will make it easier for new players to get started in this historic series.
I’m interested to see what else Mortal Kombat 11 will have to offer. Of course players can expect another solid story mode and a Krypt where things can be unlocked, but it seems like NetherRealm also has far more surprises in store.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23rd on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC.