The Game Awards 2018 are set for Thursday, December 6, and they will not only focus on looking back at the best games of the year, but also at the road ahead. As confirmed by host Geoff Keighley, 10 new game reveals are set for the show, and a newly circulating rumor indicates that Mortal Kombat 11 may be one of them.
The rumor's origin is a post on 4chan from an alleged QA tester, so it must be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism. However, the thoroughness of the original post, along with the responses throughout the thread, suggest that this particular Mortal Kombat leak may have some legs.
Beyond the purported reveal at The Game Awards, the post shares many details about the next entry in the classic franchise. Among them are the indication that the game's Story Mode will center around three characters, with the 4chan poster elaborating on how Kitana, Liu Kang, Raiden, Reiko, and Shang Tsung will be involved in this new campaign.
Furthermore, it is said that Mortal Kombat 11 will feature an Adventure Mode with gameplay similar to 2005's beat-em-up, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Additionally, players will reportedly have the opportunity to customize their characters in this mode, and it appears as if loot boxes will allow for further customization through both gameplay and purchases.
In what fans may find the most shocking part of the leak, the original post suggests that Johnny Cage, Ferra/Torr, Goro, Kano, Mileena, and Sonya will not be playable characters in the new entry. However, it is said that players will be able to take a new female Tarkatan as well as Fujin, Jade, Noob Saibot, and Reptile into battle.
Also, while its 2015 predecessor used Unreal Engine 3, it is claimed that Mortal Kombat 11 is built with Unreal Engine 4. Additionally, the leak purports it will release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
At the launch of Mortal Kombat X, our review described it as a "thoughtful leap forward for the franchise." Since then, NetherRealm Studios has seen continued success with its critically-acclaimed comic book-fueled fighter, Injustice 2. It will be interesting to see if the company can keep this upward trend going with Mortal Kombat 11. And if this leak is to be believed, Thursday will mark the world's first official look at the new title.
Mortal Kombat 11 has yet to be officially announced.