NetherRealm Studios announced Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath on Wednesday, the first DLC expansion for the latest entry into the storied franchise.
Arriving in just a few weeks on May 26, Aftermath will deliver a much requested expansion to the game’s main story, picking up immediately after the events of MK11’s ending, where Liu Kang ascended to Godhood after defeating Kornika. Players will witness longtime Mortal Kombat antagonist Shang Tsung return to the forefront of events within the realms as the devious sorcerer and his allies–Nightwolf and Raiden’s brother, the wind god Fujin–strike a tenuous alliance with Liu Kang and Raiden in order to save Earthrealm and the rest of the universe.
Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath players will also get to enjoy a “bevy” of four new stages. Two stages are remastered versions of classics: The Dead Pool from Mortal Kombat 2 in 1992 and Soul Chamber from Mortal Kombat 3 in 1995. Kronika might be dead but some of her stuff is still laying around, so enjoy it by fighting to the death outside of Kronika’s Keep. Last, but not least, is the Retrokade. NetherRealm Studio’s Story and Voiceover Director Dominic Cianciolo describes it as: “The Retrokade is a love letter to the fans who’ve been with us since the earliest days of Mortal Kombat. It gleefully mashes up old school game stages with our more modern presentation. It’s like someone opened up a portal to NostalgiaRealm!”
A few stages have secrets hiding in them waiting for clever players to discover them — Stage Fatalities and Friendships. Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath has revived Friendships, which haven’t been seen in a Mortal Kombat game since 1997’s Mortal Kombat Trilogy, so for the first time in over 20 years players can end their matches on a much lighter note than normal. NetherRealm isn’t telling players which stages have Stage Fatalities, so you’ll just have to figure it out for yourself by playing all of them.
Did I mention RoboCop? That’s right. The baddest cop to ever come out of Detroit is going to be making arrests with extreme prejudice across the realms. Our favorite cybernetic ’80s action movie hero joins the roster to kill some dirtbags, and if that wasn’t cool enough by itself, original RoboCop actor Peter Weller will be reprising the role for likeness and voice acting to give the character as much authenticity as possible.
Three new DLC characters that arrive as part of the Kombat Pack 2:
- Raiden’s brother and god of wind, Fujin
- The four-armed, half-dragon, half-human, Sheeva queen of the Shokan
Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermatch arrives on May 26 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Stadia. There are three options when it comes to purchasing the game or pre-ordering:
If you already own MK11 and the first Kombat Pack, then for $39.99 you can upgrade to receive Kombat Pack 2 characters and the new story DLC.
If own MK11, but not Kombat Pack 1, you can bundle Kombat Packs 1 & 2 with the DLC story for $49.99.
Lastly, if you don’t own anything for MK11, you can purchase the complete collection package which includes the original game and all the DLC in one big package for $59.99.
All pre-orders will receive the Eternal Klash Skin Pack at launch, which includes three new character skins: Scorpion’s “Unbound Rage” from Mortal Kombat (2011), Sub-Zero’s “Son of Arctika” from Mortal Kombat: Deception, and Frost’s “Kori Power,” a classic version of the Lin Kuei warrior.
If you’re new to MK and not sure if you should jump into Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath or not, then we’ve got you covered. Read our review of MK11 where our contributor David Hildebrand described it as: “Overall, Mortal Kombat 11 is incredible. From the fighter customization to the insane fatalities, this game has it all! The netcode is solid, the combat has depth, the blood flows red, and at the end of the day you can rip your opponent in half and do a ventriloquist act. What more can you ask for? FINISH HIM!”
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