While Mortal Kombat 11 developer NetherRealm Studios loves to keep fans waiting with bated breath for each new character announcement, the craftiest of players prefer to get the info as soon as possible. And unfortunately for the MK dev, they didn’t fully think through their plan for revealing the full Kombat Pack 1 roster and now it has leaked early along with release dates.
Originally, the plan was to give Mortal Kombat 11 players a countdown timer that would eventually reveal a new trailer for the Kombat Pack 1 characters. However, players found by manipulating the URL they could pull thumbnails from the trailer early, including a full roster with release dates.
While the roster of Kombat Pack 1 fighters aligns with prior rumors and leaks for Mortal Kombat 11 – Spawn, Sindel, Joker, and the Terminator T-800 are joining the game – the more surprising bit is each character’s release date. Unfortunately, for players who were hoping to get their hands on each of the new characters relatively soon, it looks like they have quite the wait on their hands.
- Terminator T-800 - October 8th
- Sindel - November 26th
- Joker - January 28th
- Spawn - March 17th
Mortal Kombat 11 players likely had their assumptions about the release order for each Kombat Pack 1 character but few could have expected such a long wait for Spawn. As one of the more recent characters that NetherRealm began teasing, Spawn seemed like he was close to releasing within the next few months. Instead, the Todd McFarlane creation won’t join the Mortal Kombat 11 roster until March of next year, almost a full year after the release of the main game.
Perhaps equally disappointing is confirmation that Sindel is the last of the Mortal Kombat fighters that are being added as DLC in the first year of the game. There has long been a debate over balancing MK favorites with fun guest characters, and die-hard fans have made their frustrations known. Seeing characters like Terminator and Joker join the roster before other fan favorites is sure to draw its own share of criticism, especially now knowing that this is all fans get until spring 2020 at the earliest.
That sentiment could change when fans actually get to see these guest characters in action, which is still on track for the official reveal tomorrow. It’s a shame that NetherRealm Studios’ plans were dashed once again, but now maybe they can prepare a response in case there is some outrage.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.