NetherRealm has revealed the majority of the planned DLC characters for their new flagship game, Mortal Kombat 11. The roster is set to expand with a batch of returning faces that have long been a major part of the franchise, as well as one new addition that’s made the journey into fighting games before.
Everyone already knew that iconic and powerful Sorcerer Shang Tsung was coming back as DLC, as he was the first addon character revealed, but now we know who else is coming back. Five other fighters will join him as part of the Kombat Pack DLC bundle that’s being released as the first major addon in MK 11. NetherRealm released a trailer showing off some of these new additions, which can be seen below.
So far, Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Sindel, and Spawn are all confirmed, with two more characters guest starring as well although they haven’t been revealed. Fans will probably get to see the other additions in their own trailers, so be on the lookout for that.
Shang Tsung will be laden with his typical mysterious soul-stealing magics, which he uses to take on potent shapeshifting powers. He can use movesets from different fighters with this ability, for example, using Reptile’s slide and Ermac’s telekinetic slam. These moves can also be strung together to create unpredictable combinations from multiple movesets, really useful in PvP. The one limitation is that his transformations are limited to the various Ninja clans, so that means Rain, Smoke, Reptile, Scorpion, Ermac, and Sub-Zero can be used in some way by Shang Tsung players.
Spawn will be voiced by Keith David, the original voice of Spawn from HBO’s animated series. And he’ll have demonic abilities in keeping with his source material. It’s good to see the Todd McFarlane creation make a jump back into guest-starring in games after his brief stint in the SoulCalibur games.
You can pick up the Kombat Pack for $39.99 USD. This pack will also be joined by the Klassic Ninja skin pack this June. Said skin pack decks out Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Noob Saibot in their Mortal Kombat II attire.
Since the release of MK 11, developer NetherRealm studios has been the subject of controversy after reports surfaced claiming that a culture of abuse and exploitation was rampant at the studio. It will be very interesting to see how these allegations affect long-terms sales and player numbers for the game.