After Ed Boon surprised the Game Awards audience with an announcement trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, the studio also that a community reveal event would be coming in January. After the month long wait, fans are finally getting a more detailed look at the violent fighter including features like character variations, the new graphics engine, fatalities, and more. For many longtime fans, however, the biggest question surrounded which characters were going to make the final roster.
Thankfully, the first trailer shown off at the Mortal Kombat 11 event wasted no time in shedding some light on a few of the playable characters. In addition to the previously revealed Scorpion and Raiden, the event and various trailers revealed the return of Baraka, Sonja Blade, Sub-Zero, Cassie Cage, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana, and the Mortal Kombat 9 newcomer, Skarlet. While each character retains their distinctive look, players are able to customize them using a gear system similar to that of NetherRealm's previous title, Injustice 2.
The first gameplay demo also revealed a new fighter named Geras. Ed Boon described the fighter as someone who is able to manipulate time on some level. Later in the reveal, Geras was highlighted alongside the sand-like abilities he has access to including sand traps and a teleportation technique. The trailer also showed off another previously leaked newcomer named Kronika, a powerful being who is also able to alter or change time. She's also integral to the story and the reason why many younger versions of characters make their return. Both Geras and Kronika have a similar look and color scheme which likely indicates that they are of the same faction or at least, working together.
Alongside the return of Sonja Blade, NetherRealm Studios also went on to confirm the rumor that UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is actually voicing the character. Another trailer showcased her work behind the scenes recording the voice and what the character means to her. In a later interview, Rousey also mentioned that Sonja has an armbar style move that can even tear an opponent's arm off, something that was likely inspired by Rousey's use of the move back when she was with the UFC full time.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23, 2019 for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.