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Mortal Kombat 11 pulled from EVO Online following allegations of abuse tied to the event's co-founder

NetherRealm has announced that Mortal Kombat 11 will no longer be a part of EVO Online this year, following allegations of abuse against tournament president and co-founder, Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar. NetherRealm's statement on the matter reads as follows.

“We stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against abuse. We will be pulling MK11 from EVO Online.”

EVO organizers recently placed Cuellar on administrative leave during a third-party investigation of abuse allegations. As it stands now, this year's EVO has just three games left in its lineup.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath 'Kollection' trailer

Experience the epic Mortal Kombat 11 Saga for the first time with the whole Kollection!

MK11 - Mortal Kombat is back for its eleventh installment! Join the fight for NetherRealm as you engage in a time-bending new narrative that pits Raiden against Kronika, the Keeper of Time who created existence at the dawn of history.

Kombat Pack - Add these epic kombatants to your roster: Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Terminator, Sindel, Joker, and Spawn!

Aftermath - The Saga continues with additional chapters to the critically acclaimed story campaign of Mortal Kombat 11 with the addition of 3 new legendary kombatants: Fujin, Sheeva and Robocop!

GDC 2020 Virtual talk: Mastering Kombat: Designing Mortal Kombat 11's Empowering Tutorial Mode

Get over here and learn!

In this 2020 GDC Virtual Talk, NetherRealm Studios' Brian Keschinger explains how NetherRealm improved its in-game tutorials to better onboard players, increase player engagement, and build sustainably for future projects, all through a flexible roadmap for diverse player types, and teaching content via various visual and auditory methods.

GDC Summer 2020 to host "A Bloody Symphony of Characters: Music and Leitmotiv in Mortal Kombat 11" panel

Music makes you lose control

GDC Summer 2020 is taking place virtually Aug. 4th to 6th, 2020, and it's going to include a special panel about Mortal Kombat 11. The panel, called "A Bloody Symphony of Characters: Music and Leitmotiv in 'Mortal Kombat 11'" will take a look at how the game's music helps build up the characters and story overall. Check out a full synopsis the panel below.

Wilbert Roget (Composer & Music Supervisor, Independent)
Topic: Audio
Format: Session

The cornerstone of every fighting game is its character roster, and Mortal Kombat 11 is no exception given its place as the conclusion to a three-game story arc spanning three realms and two time periods. In this latest installment of the franchise, however, specific attention was given to make sure characters were dynamic, relatable, and defined through complex relationships. This session demonstrates how the musical score supports these characters and their development throughout the story via the use of leitmotiv, a form of melody that eschews complex, lyrical phrases in favor of simple motivic statements and unique, identifiable signature sounds.

Takeaway

Attendees learn the difference between leitmotivic and thematic melody, gain insights on how to write and develop character themes, and see the contextual advantages of diverse leitmotivs and signature sounds over thematic orchestral melodies when scoring for cinematic games.

Intended Audience

Ideal attendees include game composers, audio directors, cinematics directors, and music supervisors of any experience level. No prerequisite technical knowledge is needed, though some topics will make broad reference to basic music theory concepts and instrumentation.

Ed Boon explains how characters are chosen for each new Mortal Kombat game

Who makes the cut?

Every Mortal Kombat game brings back old favorites and adds in new characters, and Mortal Kombat 11 is no different. There will be people who love the picks and others who are sad to see their favorites haven't returned. Just how does the team go about deciding who makes the cut? Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon spoke about that in an interview with The Sun.

Mortal Kombat has about 80 characters in its roster now. So, we tend to look back and occasionally revive a character who hasn’t been seen in a long time, like we did with Fujin in Aftermath. We do take into account the story because some characters existed in different parts of the timeline so we need to stay somewhat consistent with the narrative that we are telling. But move sets and “cool factor” also play a big part in which character we decide to bring back.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection's physical release won't have any game card at all

Just wasn't in the cards

When we first heard about the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Twitter support said the package would include a game card with the base game, and download codes for the DLC. Turns out that information was incorrect.

Thanks to the updated cover art and listing for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection on Amazon, we now know that the entire package is going to be digital. If you buy that package at retail, you're getting a box with a bunch of codes...that's it. Over in the UK, there won't even be a physical presence for the game. The only option will be to access the DLC via the Switch eShop.

RUMOR: Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's characters might be released individually

I'd buy that for a dollar!

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is an expansion for Mortal Kombat 11 that includes three new characters; Sheeva, RoboCop, and Fujin. The package is priced at $40, and some people are complaining that they don't want to spend that much for characters they're not interested in. What do you do if you only want one or two of the characters? It seems there might be a solution on the way.

The Steam version of Mortal Kombat 11 has just received an update, and it could point to a new way to get these characters. Individual listings for Sheeva, RoboCop, and Fujin were added to the game's code, and each are shown as an individual purchase. All versions of Mortal Kombat 11 have seen the same content updates and features, so if the Steam version of the game will let you purchase the Aftermath character individually, then the same thing should happen on Switch as well.

This isn't confirmed information just yet, as Warner Bros. and NetherRealm haven't mentioned anything. The database update does mention June 16th though, so if this option is coming, we'll find out quite soon.

GameSpot Video - Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath review

Shang Tsung steals the show in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's additional story content, but the expansion doesn't feel like an essential part of the already superb fighting game.

GameSpot Video - Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath "Krazy Kombos"

Mortal Kombat 11's next expansion, Aftermath, is out now. It features a new cinematic story, three new fighters--Sheeva, Fujin, and RoboCop--and three more skin packs launching over time. In a new GameSpot video, we're looking at some krazy kombos with the new characters.

Every New Fatality, Stage Fatality and Fatal Blow in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

In the video above, we take a look at all of the fatalities and fatal blows for the three new characters added in Aftermath. We also check out every new stage fatality as well, just to really make sure we fulfill that gruesome murder quota for any video having to do with Mortal Kombat.

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