Mortal Kombat 11 is quickly approaching it’s April release date, and today NetherRealm Studios announced who the next fighter would be.
As the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account revealed, Kano will officially be returning in Mortal Kombat 11.
Kano first appeared in 1992’s Mortal Kombat in arcades. As the leader of the Black Dragon, Kano is a ruthless mercenary, regularly depicted as in a blood feud with Special Forces agent Sonya Blade and her partner, Jax. Kano has been present in all but two of the franchise’s main fighting game entries, only appearing in cameo roles for Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat: Deception.
Kano was also one of the fighters to make the jump to live action, portrayed by Australian actor Trevor Goddard in 1995’s Mortal Kombat film. Goddard’s depiction was so well received that Kano’s video game counterpart was retconned to be Australian instead of his original Japanese-American heritage. Most recently, he was portrayed by English actor Darren Shahlavi for 2011’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.
After months of speculation, Mortal Kombat 11 made waves with a surprise announcement at last year’s The Game Awards. Kano’s rival, Sonya Blade, has already been announced as returning as well, portrayed by former UFC fighter and current WWE Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. Only a handful of other fighters have been confirmed for the game so far, including mainstays such as Scorpion and Raiden.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One April 23, 2019. A Nintendo Switch port is expected to release May 10, 2019.