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Mortal Kombat 11 director wishes he could comment on the Ash Williams DLC rumors

Something's going on behind the scenes...

For a long time now, there have been rumors of Ash Williams from the Evil Dead franchise coming to Mortal Kombat 11. For awhile there, it seemed like the reveal was all but certain. Then the months went on, and nothing ever came of it. Wondering what's really going on with the rumors? Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon wishes he could clue fans in.

In an interview on Victor Lucas' podcast, Boon is asked about the rumors of Ash Williams DLC. Here's what Boon had to say in response.

"I wish... there's one I wish I could comment on. Yeah, you know what, perhaps in a future Vic's Basement [the podcast they were on] we can have that conversation."

Now does this mean that there's something in the works, or is it indicative of a deal that's fallen apart? Looks like we'll have to wait to get a definitive answer.

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.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga getting multiple LEGO sets

10 new sets to collect!

We are thrilled to reveal several new LEGO Star Wars sets which feature in LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, the highly anticipated new console game featuring all nine Skywalker saga films.

Consumers can enjoy interacting with the same LEGO Star Wars vehicles, starships, and characters in real life and in the game! With a code found inbox, fans can command characters and ships from the following sets.

LEGO® Star Wars™ 501st Legion™ Clone Troopers (75280)
Stage an epic battle between elite 501st Legion Clone Troopers and the Separatist Army’s Battle Droids. Look out for the droids from the AT-RT cockpit using the electrobinoculars. Launch into attack with the BARC Speeder and fire the stud shooters. Fight back with the Battle Droids’ blasters. Who will triumph in this exciting LEGO® Star Wars™ adventure? You decide.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Anakin’s Jedi™ Interceptor (75281)
Team up with Anakin Skywalker to pilot his awesome LEGO® Star Wars™ Jedi Interceptor! Place trusty droid R2-D2 on the wing, jump into the cockpit and launch into galactic battle. Flip up the wing flaps to attack at speed. Fire the spring-loaded shooters and reload. And when you land remember to grab Anakin’s Lightsaber from under the wing to defend against enemy forces!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Armored Assault Tank (AAT™) (75283)
Join forces with Jedi hero Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper against the Battle Droids. Beware! The Droids’ Armored Assault Tank has powerful weapons. Dodge missiles fired from the spring-loaded shooters. And watch out for the AAT’s cannons. You will need to use all your Jedi skills to win this epic Star Wars: The Clone Wars battle!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Knights of Ren™ Transport Ship (75284)
Danger! The Knights of Ren are chasing Rey in their transport ship! This awesome hover vehicle moves at lightning speed and the Knights can see everything from the cockpit. Take cover to dodge the spring-loaded shooters. Fight back against Kylo Ren’s heavily armed soldiers with Rey’s Lightsaber. You will need to use all your Jedi skills to avoid capture by these bad dudes!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ General Grievous’s Starfighter™ (75286)
Get set for an epic clash between General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi! The powerful warlord Grievous is flying into battle in his awesome starfighter. Look out for the spring-loaded shooters. When the starfighter comes in to land, use Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber and the Airborne Clone Trooper’s blaster to challenge the warlord. Who will win this thrilling Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith battle? You decide!
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ AT-AT™ (75288)
Join Luke Skywalker on the Hoth battlefield and challenge General Veers in the mighty AT-AT. Stay clear of the legs of this huge combat walker. Dodge the spring-loaded shooters. And watch out for the Snowtroopers attacking on the speeder bike with their tripod gun. Use Luke’s Lightsaber to fight off other Imperial troopers. Then throw the thermal detonator into the AT-AT to try to topple it!
Release: August 1, 2020
Additionally, unlock codes come with the following LEGO Star Wars products to let fans play with a character or ship from those sets in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The Razor Crest and Resistance I-TS Transport codes are the only way to get these special playable ships in the game.

LEGO® Star Wars™ Death Star™ Final Duel (75291)
Help Luke Skywalker tackle Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in an epic Death Star battle! Overpower the Imperial Royal Guards and enter the Emperor’s throne room. Challenge Darth Vader to a Lightsaber duel. Force-jump onto the bridge, but watch out – it may collapse in battle! And stay well clear of the reactor shaft. Will Darth Vader save his son Luke when Emperor Palpatine attacks? You decide! Look for a code to unlock the Emperor character from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ The Razor Crest™ (75292)
Fly to the outer reaches of the galaxy in The Mandalorian’s armored transport shuttle, The Razor Crest! It’s got everything you need for a mission – a big cargo hold for carbonite bounty, spring-loaded shooters, escape pod… and even a bed to get some rest! When you land, grab the weapons and prepare for battle. Protect the Child and defeat Scout Trooper to prove you are the ultimate warrior! Look for a code to unlock the Razor Crest vehicle from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: September 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance I-TS Transport (75293)
All aboard the awesome Resistance I-TS Transport to begin another exciting mission with Lieutenant Bek and Vi Moradi. Put the Astromech Droid and GNK Power Droid in the cargo hold. Jump in the cockpit, power up the engines and blast off! You never know what you might encounter at Galaxy’s Edge. If enemy starfighters attack, fire the 4 rotating stud shooters and 4 rear shooters to take them down! Look for a code to unlock the Resistance I-TS Transport vehicle from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game.
Release: August 1, 2020

LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (75279)
Get set for daily festive fun with this LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar! There is a surprise, buildable gift behind each door. Find popular characters in Christmas gear, plus starships and locations. Look out for a code to unlock the holiday-themed Snow Gonk character from this set in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game.
Release: September 1, 2020

More information on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will come this summer.

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.

Jeremy Parish's N64 works #4 - Mortal Kombat Trilogy & Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey

Blood on the ice, and blood in the pit

N64 Works shifts into third gear—third-party gear, that is—with a pair of games that I am wholly unsuited to break down. So instead, this episode dives into the history surrounding them: The so-called N64 Dream Team, the checkered relationship between Nintendo and Mortal Kombat, and what this version of Trilogy says about the N64 when held side-by-side against the PlayStation release.

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.

Preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at Best Buy and get a free SteelBook Case

What a steel!

Well here's a great reason to preorder your copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga from Best Buy. The retailer is offering a special SteelBook Case along with your purchase, and at no additional cost either! The case, seen above, pays tribute to the infamous moment when Han Solo was encased in carbonite. A fantastic idea for a SteelBook case, and you can snag yours here.

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