Mortal Kombat 11 announced for PS4, XB1, Nintendo Switch, PC (releases April 23, 2019)

Oct 25, 2017
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Calgary, AB
Netherrealm has been pretty good at responding to criticisms of their games:
- MK9 had some really over-the-top sexist costumes, MKX toned that down to more functional costumes;
- MKX struggled with poor netcode and launch, but they put a lot of effort into making it one of the better ones on the market;
- The female faces and overall facial animation was pretty awful in MKX and before, but they really upped their game to best-in-class with Injustice 2.

Which leads me to believe that MK11 will have improved on some major complaints.
- an improvement in overall animations and idle poses. Just to make characters actually stand the way a normal human would, and add some weight to the punches/kicks;
- no characters with 50/50 vortex (where you have to guess correctly to block high or low at one specific moment or get caught in the same combo over and over);
- even more diversity of cast.

Things I'm not expecting to improve:
- Expecting a dark game overall, not the bright colours I would ideally see (the trailer, character models, and story arc etc. seem to suggest its still going to be a lot of shadowy and wrecked environments at night);
- Expecting the soundtrack to still be very low in the mix and fairly forgettable;
- Still at least one guest character per DLC pack (they sell the best).

Things I'm not expecting them to change:
- Block button. So much of their game involves teleports and quick movement, which makes blocking with back really problematic;
- Dial a combo. I wouldn't be surprised if they kept long strings, and changed the input windows so it's more about matching impactful blows on screen at the time they hit, but I don't think anyone should be expecting the overall long strings to be completely wiped from the game.
 

BlueBomberX

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Oct 27, 2017
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I don't think MK11 can have guest characters.

Like, MKX had some of the best possible guest characters ever.

They can't really go up from Predator and Alien.
Makes sense TBH. They're making the game across PC, PS4, Xbox, and then it needs to be ported to Switch and go through some additional work to run on that platform. The conversion may also be done by a different team.

They're simply trying to get the game out as fast as possible. While it sucks in a way for Switch owners, it makes more sense to do it this way than it does to delay every other version for the Switch version to be ready at launch.

- Dial a combo. I wouldn't be surprised if they kept long strings, and changed the input windows so it's more about matching impactful blows on screen at the time they hit, but I don't think anyone should be expecting the overall long strings to be completely wiped from the game.
They improved this with Injustice 2, actually. Never really noticed originally since they were so far apart, but jumping between the games in anticipation recently it's very obvious that Injustice 2 is much easier on timing; meaning, it isn't as rapid fire and can be timed better on hit. Still, it could be better, but there was already a large improvement.

I always hated how the dial system forced you to input a move BEFORE the previous move came out rather than allowing you to react. It's simply not good design. I find it strange, in a way, because playing Deception in the same day, the timing is better on the 3D games by a lot. The combos are far longer and more ridiculous, but specifically speaking about timing.
 
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Jaded Alyx

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Oct 25, 2017
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Makes sense TBH. They're making the game across PC, PS4, Xbox, and then it needs to be ported to Switch and go through some additional work to run on that platform. The conversion may also be done by a different team.
QLOC appears to be handling the PC version, so I wouldn't put it alongside the console versions in that regard.

Also the Switch version delay seems to only be in Europe.
 

BlueBomberX

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Oct 27, 2017
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QLOC appears to be handling the PC version, so I wouldn't put it alongside the console versions in that regard.

Also the Switch version delay seems to only be in Europe.
Interesting. So... PS4 is the lead SKU, or One X? Do we know?

It only being in Europe is certainly strange. I wonder what could cause that... perhaps card manufacturing? No idea. If it's going to be ready in other territories on time, there has to be some reason for it. Whether or not it's a good reason is another story.
 

Acido

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Oct 31, 2017
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Oh wow. I was very hopeful after the trailer on Nintendo's channel said April too. Welp. Hopefully it's only a mistake.
 

Dog

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Oct 25, 2017
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The only demo dropping Thursday is that of the build we will all see during the reveal event. The public beta is March.
 

ShinobiBk

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Dec 28, 2017
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We'll see Thursday if the Switch delay is WW.
I hope it isn't delayed at all but if it's only in EU, that's not as bad. If you're digital it wouldn't be an issue
 

Simo

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Oct 26, 2017
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The only demo dropping Thursday is that of the build we will all see during the reveal event. The public beta is March.
The email leak made it sound like something would be released for all tho? The beta in March is invite only too, but hopefully we'll learn more on Thursday.

If press are getting in this week then hopefully the closed one is sooner than March. lol
 

Dog

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Oct 25, 2017
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The email leak made it sound like something would be released for all tho? The beta in March is invite only too, but hopefully we'll learn more on Thursday.

If press are getting in this week then hopefully the closed one is sooner than March. lol
I'd have to re-read, but can these days crawl any slower. God

Lol

To avoid disappointment I'm just going to focus on the fact that I won't get to play till March's pre-order beta.
 

Rellyrell28

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Oct 25, 2017
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I said it somewhere else but I really hope the brutalities from X returns cause that was a great design choice. I was watching a whole 40 minute video of all the Brutalities from X and XL and man they were so good.
 
Oct 25, 2017
978
Calgary, AB
I said it somewhere else but I really hope the brutalities from X returns cause that was a great design choice. I was watching a whole 40 minute video of all the Brutalities from X and XL and man they were so good.
I'd be shocked if they didn't return. They were super fun and allowed MK's trademark gore to be used even in competitive tournaments, where fatalities are often looked down upon as a waste of time. One of my favourite additions to MKX.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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When are they going to announce the MK1, MK2 and UMK3 remasters being done by Blind squirrel or whatever theyre called..?? Figured it wouldve happened by now.
 

RestEerie

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Aug 20, 2018
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i hope NRS can make the x-ray zoom-in moments 60fps..

In MKX, the constant switching between 30fps (intro, outtro, x-ray) and 60fps (gameplay) is jarring to me.
 

Kapryov

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Oct 27, 2017
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Pinhead could have some awesome fatalities if done right, but he'd need to keep a stony, uninterested expression when he has a normal boring fatality done to him.
 

timedesk

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Oct 27, 2017
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I honestly can't wait for Thursday. I am super excited to see my boy Sub-Zero, and hopefully Cassie Cage and maybe some new characters. I really really want either Frost or a new member of the Lin Kuei, seeing as their ranks are pretty diminished after the cyber initiative was stopped. I just really hope that this isn't a big reset button for the new timeline and everything gets reverted back to MK 1-3 again. There are so many awesome new changes in this cannon, like Sub and Scorpion being allies now. It would be kind of a bummer to just revert everything back to the old dynamic.
 

Sjay1994

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Oct 25, 2017
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It's so weird being so excited for a game I'll never play.

I'll experience it vicariously through Maximillian Dood
 

ShinobiBk

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Dec 28, 2017
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I don't think MK11 can have guest characters.

Like, MKX had some of the best possible guest characters ever.

They can't really go up from Predator and Alien.
Spawn has been heavily requested for years. So, that would be a good one.
Pennywise is a big possibility cause the It remake made a shitload of money and the character is extremely popular now.
Doom Slayer is right there for the taking and would just be completely bad ass. I think Doom Slayer will for sure be a DLC character in a fighting game in 2019. Could he MK 11, could be Smash but I think that's a good possibility for both games.
 

BlueBomberX

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Oct 27, 2017
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i hope NRS can make the x-ray zoom-in moments 60fps..

In MKX, the constant switching between 30fps (intro, outtro, x-ray) and 60fps (gameplay) is jarring to me.
I'm wondering if they're going to continue with X-rays TBH. They had a presence in the previous two trailers for 9 and X. It wasn't here. However, there were some crazy moves that were indicative of supers similar to X-rays without the X-ray part.

Other than the super like moves, we saw weapons (maybe going back to stances--a hand to hand and a weapon instead of variations?), both characters also did an elemental style punch, the exact same punch, actually. I read somewhere they were adding a type of strike, and that was probably it. Raiden also did some bone breaking, which was reminiscent of MK4. Would be kind of cool to see that come back.

Also, completely unrelated, I'm wondering if Noob will be the new Elder Gods' champ instead of Scorpion since he was thrown into a Soulnado.
 
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Simo

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Oct 26, 2017
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Cody Rhodes got his invitation. Kofi too and just saw Xavier Woods is going as Shao Kahn.
 

Crackhead_Bob

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Nov 1, 2017
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Can Mortal Kombat 11 get away with introducing only 2 new characters on the roster?

Edit: Also, is NRS open to the idea of reusing any of their guest characters? Robert Englund voiced the Scarecrow in Injustice 2. And Freddy Krueger has enough pop culture ubiquity that he has fans spanning generations. Just as Scorpion and Sub Zero have cultivated a built in fan base over the decades, I'm sure that there are players of MK9 and MKX who have become endeared to some of the guest characters too.

And on a somewhat related note, will the Disney buyout of Fox preclude NRS from ever using the Alien and Predator characters in future games?
 
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