NetherRealm Studios has busily been revealing new characters for Mortal Kombat 11 over the past week. First came Kano’s announcement, one of Mortal Kombat‘s most recognized fighters. Then came Kabal and D’Vorah right after the other in the past twenty-four hours, bringing the total number of confirmed fighters up to eleven. Mortal Kombat boss Ed Boon says that NetherRealm isn’t stopping there, and that fans should expect more “classic fighter” announcements soon.
Ed Boon‘s comments come in response to a growing cacophony of requests for specific Mortal Kombat characters from the franchise’s past. From Goro to Liu Kang, fans are hoping that their favorites will make the cut for Mortal Kombat 11‘s roster. Boon sympathizes with that sentiment, leading him to use his popular Twitter account to encourage fans to be patient. The price of building up hype for Mortal Kombat 11‘s roster one character at a time is that a full unveiling will take time.
We LOVE how passionate MK fans are 2C their favorite fighters return. Please don’t stop that.????????
But remember, each announcement, doesn’t mean your favorite isn’t in the game.????
Be patient, SO many “soon to be konfirmed” classic fighter announcements koming!
— Ed Boon (@noobde) February 6, 2019
Unfortunately, Boon’s Twitter post doesn’t confirm or tease any specific Mortal Kombat character announcements. His exact wording says that there are, “SO many ‘soon to be konfirmed’ classic fighter announcements koming.” Mortal Kombat X featured an impressive ten new fighters, twelve if you count DLC, so perhaps Mortal Kombat 11 will focus more on returning to the franchise’s roots.
With Mortal Kombat 11 prominently featuring time travel, care of new character Kronika, it would be a shame not to bring back as many familiar faces as possible. With over 70 fighters from Mortal Kombat‘s past to pick from, NetherRealm has its work cut out for itself.
For those unaware, the three fighters that were announced over the past week–that is, Kano, Kabal, and D’Vorah–join with the eight fighters confirmed as part of Mortal Kombat 11‘s announcement. Those fighters include Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Skarlet, Baraka, and new fighter Geras. The final confirmed character is Shao Kahn, who is a pre-order bonus. That’s about half the size of Mortal Kombat‘s launch roster of 24 fighters. There are plenty of announcements left to come.
Mortal Kombat 11 releases April 23, 2019 for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.