[UPDATE: We will continue to update the below Mortal Kombat 11 roster as characters are confirmed. Thus far the leak appears to be legitimate.]
Most fighting games generate all of their pre-release hype by steadily unveiling their roster of characters leading up to launch. Of course, leaks are bound to happen, much to the chagrin of the game's development and marketing teams. Sometimes, the entirety of the roster will leak, which appears to be the case with Mortal Kombat 11, a game that has had quite a bit of trouble with leaks lately.
A new image appears to show the full roster of characters that will be making its way into Mortal Kombat 11, with a hefty chunk of them being unannounced as of this writing. There are also a few portraits that haven't been finished yet, though they do feature text beneath them that will fuel speculation about which characters they could possibly be. Lastly, there are eight completely blank thumbnail slots, which will most likely be reserved for future DLC characters.
The [UPDATED] following list includes every confirmed Mortal Kombat 11 roster character:
- Jacqui Briggs
- Cassie Cage
- Kung Lao
- Kotal Kahn
- Erron Black
- Liu Kang
- Sub Zero
- Johnny Cage
- Shao Khan
- Noob Saibot
JAX, JOH, NOO, KIT, and SHA also appear on the list, though they aren't given full names or thumbnail photos. While JAX and KIT will likely be Jax and Kitana respectively, the other characters are bit harder to nail down. SHA is almost certainly Shao Kahn, who has been confirmed as pre-order DLC, whereas NOO is likely Noob Saibot.
It's worth mentioning that there are some staple characters that appear to be missing from the roster. For instance, Shinnok appeared in the story trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, and while not confirmed as a fighter, it seems like a no-brainer that he would be added to the roster, considering that the model is already complete. Kronika, a new character who was featured in the story trailer, is also strangely missing. Therefore, it's a good idea to take the leak with a grain of salt, though the leaked image does seem convincing.
Regardless of the leak, NetherRealm will certainly continue to unveil new characters until the game finally releases. There's sure to be a few different characters for just about every player out there, and it's always interesting to see which characters come to the game as DLC. Unfortunately, it seems that there's no chance of getting Shaggy anytime soon, despite fan efforts.
Mortal Kombat 11 will release on April 23, 2019, for PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.