The Mortal Kombat Twitter account announced the release date today for the upcoming Kombat Pack trailer, and they did so with a characteristic self-awareness and some help from a fan.
First, the big news. Ever since the trailer for Nightwolf dropped this morning, fans have been clamoring for more information about the rest of the DLC fighters that will be included in the Kombat Pack. They won’t have to wait too long, a new trailer will come on August 21st.
When NetherRealms released the Nightwolf trailer earlier today, fans flooded the Twitter replies and demanded more information about the Kombat Pack. They feel that the trickle of news has been too slow, and with the big fighting game tournament Evo happening this weekend, fans hoped NetherRealm would bring some big news. It looks like they will have to wait a bit longer for the information.
The announcement features Shang Tsung texting in all caps, demanding a trailer for the Kombat Pack. Then, the screen fills up with screenshots of actual tweets from anxious fans before they disappear to reveal the date. The text in the tweet reads “We’ll be better. #MK11." The whole thing is hilariously self-aware, but it gets even better if fans know the story behind the origin of the Shang Tsung meme.
Eagle-eyed viewers of the trailer might notice a watermark that reads @Baeyonetta. That watermark refers to a Twitter fan, who originally tweeted the meme at the Mortal Kombat Twitter account a few days ago. Apparently, they reached out and asked for permission to use it. Not only did they credit the user, but they also credited the modder who created the clip of Shang Tsung texting. The modder had swapped out Cassie’s character model for Shang Tsung's.
To recap, not only does this trailer acknowledge the persistent fans directly, but it does so by including fan-made content. The meta-commentary this creates does a lot to show how much the NetherRealms listens to their fans, and it serves as a great way to prove they care about the feedback they receive.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.