Four years. That's how long NetherRealm has left us lowly Earthrealmers hanging on tenterhooks for any news related to Mortal Kombat 11, and it very nearly had us fearing for its future when 2018 came and (almost) went without an announcement. But then, Ed Boon has never been one to miss an opportunity to build hype, and Mortal Kombat 11's reveal at the year-end Video Game Awards didn't disappoint.
Besides a suitably violent trailer featuring Scorpion and Raiden beating the snot out of each other, we've up until now been left to speculate about NetherRealm's plans for Mortal Kombat X's successor, but now the gloves are off and boy oh boy, was the wait worth it. To the extent that its contemporaries will cry with envy, Mortal Kombat 11's visual decadence deserves all of the superlatives attached to it - it's just that pretty - but even below the blood-soaked surface, the developer has been hard at work ensuring this is the most feature-rich Mortal Kombat to date.
With three months still to go until the big day, NetherRealm no doubt still has some secrets left to share, but until then, we're here to help bring you up to speed.
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