While Mortal Kombat X focused on a new generation of fighters, Mortal Kombat 11 hinges on how the heroes of the past have shaped the future for all realms. With Kronika looking to rewrite history, most of the game's story revolves around these older fighters making big moves in order to preserve the fabric of tomorrow.
Obviously, there are some big sacrifices along the way. As a result, in the quest to stop Kronika's temporal reboot of existence, the franchise says goodbye to two of its most popular warriors who sacrifice themselves in the name of justice.
SONYA'S SWAN SONG
Early on in the story, Dark Raiden decides a preemptive strike is the best course of action in order to keep the Revenant rulers of the Netherrealm, Liu Kang and Kitana, at bay. He's still corrupted by Shinnok's amulet following the end of MKX, but Earthrealm's Special Forces Unit are none the wiser and buy into the Thunder God's hasty plan.
Raiden teleports them to the Netherrealm Citadel, and as he deals with the demonic army on the outside, Special Forces infiltrates the tower. With Jax in therapy and Johnny Cage manning the base back home, Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs lead the frontline while General Sonya Blade takes a squad to blow the foundation up. However, Liu Kang has picked up on this, and he brings the catacombs down on Sonya's squad, leaving them pinned under massive amounts of rubble.
Recognizing that the mission is completely botched, Cassie tries to free her mom, but Sonya orders her to retreat and save her own unit. Jacqui convinces Cassie to follow orders, and so they depart, with Sonya blowing the charges and killing herself. It's the kind of sacrifice you'd expect from the soldier, and it pushes Johnny and Cassie into revenge-mode against Kronika for the rest of the game.
SCORPION'S LAST SUNSET
With Hanzo Hasashi no longer the evil wraith version of Scorpion, he works with Grandmaster Sub-Zero to locate Kronika's Isle for Raiden. This leads them to a mystical pocket where the all-seeing boatman, Kharon, can ferry armies across all realms and dimensions. When Sub-Zero departing to inform the alliance of potential transport, Scorpion's left to convince Kharon to work with them, only to end up fighting the bug queen, D'Vorah, and the younger, darker version of himself.
After purging the hatred from his past self, educating him on how letting go of his family's demise is the key to salvation, Hanzo is ambushed by D'Vorah who uses her pincers to poison him. Mortally wounded, Hanzo effectively passes his mantle to the Scorpion from the first game, making it clear he has to win over Kharon and convince the heroes he's now on their side, as they won't trust him for initially allying with the time goddess.
Hanzo gasps his last breath in Scorpion's hands, with the sun setting on the ocean in the background, giving the loyal ninja and Shirai Ryu leader a fittingly epic sendoff. He erased the stains of his bloody past and became one of Earthrealm's biggest heroes and made amends with Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei clan, leaving a big legacy for young Scorpion to live up to. This inspires his successor to honor Hanzo by finishing his mission with the alliance against Kronika.
Mortal Kombat 11 is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive. It is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.