Early last month, the surprise first trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 wowed audiences at the Game Awards. While the trailer focused on a bloody, brutal brawl between two different Scorpions and a seemingly evil Raiden, it also revealed the NetherRealm Studios game's release date and that there would be a "community reveal event" on Jan. 17, 2019.
While NetherRealm and WB Games haven't said much about MK 11 over the past month, we have a much better idea of what that reveal event will entail. On Thursday, the official Mortal Kombat Twitter confirmed that the event would reveal some new characters, offer a few hints at the game's story and give us our first real glimpse of gameplay.
Let's say next week on January 17th at 11am?— Mortal Kombat 11 (@MortalKombat) January 8, 2019
We'll show you some gameplay, a little story, and maybe give you some character reveals. How does that sound?
Just make sure you tune in for The Reveal! #MK11 https://t.co/njTl4pkkOJ
The account also announced that the event would take place from 11 AM PT/2 PM ET and that there would be "hands-on" demos of the game at the actual invitation-only events in Los Angeles and London.
To tide Mortal Kombat fans over until then, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon revealed the cover art for the game on his Twitter account today.
Happy to share with everyone the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11 here!! pic.twitter.com/rltjktR3ZH— Ed Boon (@noobde) January 10, 2019
Unsurprisingly, the cover art features Scorpion, the franchise's most well-known fighter, set against a fiery yellow-orange background.
It's also worth noting that he appears to be wearing a version of his more modern costume instead of the classic ninja outfit he wore throughout the 1990s. In the MK 11 trailer's most jaw-dropping moment, a classic Scorpion stepped onto the battlefield in his classic outfit, moments after his modern counterpart was apparently killed. Given its prominence in the trailer, that classic costume will almost certainly be featured in the game in some capacity.
In all likelihood, we'll get another glimpse of Scorpion, and possibly his classic costume, in action at the Mortal Kombat 11 community reveal event, which will be streamed on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2 PM ET. The game, which can be pre-ordered now, will be released on Apr. 23 for PS4, Xbox One and Switch.