Isn’t it always the darn way? You wait and you wait for a Noob Saibot Mortal Kombat 11 reveal, and then two come along at once.
The gaming industry, as we all know, has a notorious problem with leakage. Not the kind that a good plumber could help with, but the kind that involves never being able to keep a secret ever. Just this past week, we’ve seen Apex Legends’ new Legend, Octane, spoiled before his release and the boxart and possible release date of Xbox One S All-Digital Edition (that’s right, perhaps as soon as May).
It’s a real problem. Take the long-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III, a game that was hit so hard by leaks that the director’s reconsidering future simultaneous worldwide releases for his games. Often, it’s dataminers and rogue copies of the game appearing in the wild that are to blame for these things, but sometimes, developers themselves spoil their own games.
No, it’s no particular surprise that we’re going to be seeing Noob Saibot return in Mortal Kombat 11, but the way NetherRealm revealed this fact to the world was just tragically hilarious.
Earlier today, the studio held a Making of Mortal Kombat 11 livestream. It was a great watch for fans, providing a lot of interesting insight into the development process (the thought that went into Geras, for instance, a character who’s making his debut in the new title). The highlight for many, though, was the embarrassing slip that saw Noob Saibot confirmed by accident.
It happened during an in-depth look at a storyboard for a fatality. There was Baraka, just nabbing someone’s brain right out of their skull and taking a bite out of it like the classy gent he is, when an image of Noob flashed onto the screen and the crowd cheered happily. “Oh, [REDACTED], I did a bad,” laughed the guilty party. "You saw nothing."
Check it out in the full stream (the incident occurs between 12:05):
So, there he is. Another classic character has RSVP’d for the Mortal Kombat 11 party on April 23 (May 10 for the Switch edition). Noob Saibot began life as a bit of a joke character, but he’s become a fan favorite for his dark demeanor and fantastic fatalities. The accidental reveal was swiftly followed by an official trailer, and it’s clear that Noob’s fatality game is as on point as ever:
Ouch. That one’s going to smart in the morning. Great to have you back, Noob.