Mortal Kombat 11 is almost here, and this week’s KombatKast highlighted two returning Mortal Kombat X characters that are now entering the fray.
The show opened up with a trailer highlighting Jacqui Briggs, and also officially revealed Kotal Kahn as a playable fighter.
The ruler of Outworld following the death of Shao Kahn, Kotal Kahn was an interesting subversion of the Kahn dynamic. Portrayed as a massive, brutal warrior, Kahn toes the line between benevolent ruler and bloody dictator.
Kahn’s return gives him a slew of new moves, including being able to shapeshift into a panther to maul opponents and powering up by drinking the blood of his foes. NetherRealm Studios QA Analyst Steve Brownback also took a moment during the show to mention some of Kotal’s previously unknown backstory, including how he came to rule Outworld.
“He was a soldier, who Shao Kahn thought was a threat, so he had him imprisoned in Shang Tsung’s flesh pits, and when Shang Tsung died, he was freed,” Brownback revealed. “You thought it was a plot hole but, no, it was lore!”
The trailer for Kotal ends with some of the first official Jacqui Briggs gameplay as well. Introduced in Mortal Kombat X, Jacqui is the daughter of series mainstay Jackson “Jax” Briggs, and a member of Special Forces. She was introduced as a member of a special unit of second generation fighters.
“Jacqui is going to be one of the more complex, in-depth characters in the game,” Brownback said during the character’s showcase. “It’s not difficult to do, but it’s very, very unique.”
The game’s mechanics have been under scrutiny since an online stress test this past weekend, where several streamers expressed concerns over the dash speed in the game. The KombatKast began with series creator Ed Boon addressing the nature of balancing the game and how the process works. During this, it was revealed the Dash Speed would be increased in the final version, though these changes would not be present in the upcoming beta.
Announced at The Game Awards, Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest entry in the popular fighting game franchise that kicked off in 1992. A recently released trailer gave us the first glimpses at the story mode, and with a twisting, complex plot focused on time travel and an all-out battle for the fate of the Realms, Mortal Kombat 11 promises to be the biggest entry yet.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23 for PlayStation4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.