NetherRealm Studios has announced Mortal Kombat 11, the latest entry in its much loved fighting series. The announcement was made during The Game Awards, where series co-creator Ed Boon appeared to introduce an awards for sports/racing game. Except, this was a fakeout that led to a trailer for the game, which showed Scorpion fighting Raiden; we’ve since gotten more details and screenshots courtesy of a Steam listing.
As you can probably guess, the trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 was typically brutal. With heads being removed from bodies and blood flowing freely. Interestingly, there was a significant amount of weapon usage during the video, and it’s not the typical stuff we expect from the characters. Raiden, for example, was wielding red lightning.
There was also multiple Scorpions. While the first one got taken out by Raiden, the second turned into a being of fire and flew threw Raiden, decimating him. It unclear what the presence of two Scorpion means yet, but it could be that Mortal Kombat 11 has some multi-universe shenanigans of some sort going.
Most excitingly, Mortal Kombat 11 got a release date of April 23, and it’s a global launch. NetherRealm will also be hosting a community reveal event on January 17, no doubt giving us a much longer look at the game.
The Steam page for the game offered up the screenshots embedded above. Some of these appear to be shots from the trailer, while others are not. It also notes that you’ll be able to play as Shao Kahn by pre-ordering. Additionally, it teases a key feature, Custom Character Variations, which allow you to have “unprecedented control to customize the fighters and make them your own.” MK11 also boasts a “new graphics engine showcasing every skull-shattering, eye-popping moment, brings you so close to the fight you can feel it. And featuring a roster of new and returning Klassic Fighters, Mortal Kombat’s best in class cinematic story mode continues the epic saga over 25 years in the making.”
For more announcements from the show–and there are many–check out our The Game Awards news roundup.