For those gearing up for more than just the bone-shattering, spine-severing combat in Mortal Kombat XI from NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros.Games, you will be happy to learn that the game will continue its tradition of featuring a ton of the lore and stories that the Mortal Kombat franchise has maintained throughout the years.
In fact, in addition to new characters, we can look forward to young and old versions of our favorite characters, as the element of time will be a major aspect of the game’s story mode.
At the Mortal Kombat XI gameplay reveal event, Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios and co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, revealed that Mortal Kombat XI’s story picks up right after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat.
The prologue for the upcoming game was also shown at the reveal event, featuring Dark Raiden torturing the defeated Shinnock, exclaiming vengeance against “those that defile Earthrealm,” before decapitating Shinnock. After placing Shinnock’s head on an alter, Raiden teleports away, likely to continue on his journey. Of course, as a disgraced elder god, Shinnock cannot be killed - at least not by Raiden.
As soon as Raiden departs, Kronika enters the chamber to express to Shinnock that Raiden has “upset the balance of history” and that the “arc of the universe bends to [her] will.”
According to Boon, Kronika has been behind the Mortal Kombat event since the very first tournament, with everything having gone to plan until Raiden intervened.
“... she’s kinda stepping in, and she’s going to play tricks with time and introduce situations where old characters meeting their younger selves. And it’s such a great story mode. We could not be more proud of this.”
With so many generations of characters having been a part of Mortal Kombat’s timeline, there’s no telling how big the story mode will be. Not all playable characters have been revealed yet, but perhaps Mortal Kombat XI will follow in the footsteps of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in which the game will include all playable characters (and some new ones) from every previous Mortal Kombat title. We can hope, right?
Additional Mortal Kombat XI details are planned for a NetherRealm Kombat Kast livestream, which will take place on January 30th.