Mortal Kombat 11 doesn’t officially launch until April, but with all the awesome content now known about the game it seems like a great time to start focusing our attention on this fantastic new PVP fighter for PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch. It has begun, as Shang Tsung would say, and here are some of the best MK11 leaks and features we know so far.
During the MK11 reveal, the audience was thrilled to see the return of a number of classic Mortal Kombat franchise characters, such as Scorpion, Sonya Blade, and Baraka. However, an alleged MK11 roster leak transpired earlier this month when Steam released a list of achievements for the game that may have revealed an almost full list of playable characters. Although this list is still entirely speculative, it includes characters such as Jade, Kung Lao, Frost, Kano, and Kabal. We unfortunately still have no sign of Smoke in MK11, but there is still hope in the coming months!
No More Running
MK11 has eliminated the run mechanic for this brutal PVP fighter, putting the emphasis, as described by developer Ed Boon, on walking instead. This seemingly insignificant feature substantially changes the gameplay, improving the fluidity of combat and allowing the skill and precision of players shine through.
Krushing and Fatal Blows
Two new mechanics, Krushing Blows and Fatal Blows, allow MK11 to shine as what will likely be one of the best PVP fighting games of 2019. Krushing Blows, similar to “Crush Counters” in Street Fighter 5, allow the player to trigger a seamless special animation for the character’s move with the correct inputs, dealing additional damage and causing a brutal spectacle on the screen. Fatal Blows, alternatively, are enabled when the player is below 30 percent health, and add a much-needed comeback mechanic to the Mortal Kombat franchise.
Early access players, including the legendary Justin Wong, almost universally agree that Mortal Kombat 11 is more fluid, with more precise frames, than previous Mortal Kombat games. This comes in part from better animations and smoother rendering, in addition to mechanical changes to the game such as shorter combos and the elimination of building meter with special attacks.
There’s no question that Mortal Kombat is a series that prides itself on making visceral and violent video games, but MK11 may just be the most excessively grotesque of them all. A combination of high-quality visuals, stomach-churning sound effects, and realistic physics makes every broken bone and puncture wound surprisingly real. Additionally, the classic finishing moves, for which the franchise is now infamous, have reached unprecedented levels brutality, and are sure to please even the most bloodthirsty fan of the Fatalities.
With several weeks left until the official release of Mortal Kombat 11, there are still likely to be new surprises before the game launches. However, even with the information currently known there is plenty to elate both life-long fans and new players, and a myriad of reasons why you should get MK11 as soon as possible. What’s your favorite Mortal Kombat character of all time? Let us know in the comments below!