The story of Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t quite finished just yet.
Netherrealm just announced Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, an expansion that will add brand-new story content that takes place right where Mortal Kombat 11 left off, along with three new characters: Fujin, Sheeva, and RoboCop. That’s not all, though, because in addition to the content offered in the paid expansion there will also be a free update on May 26 for all players that will add new stages, stage fatalities, and most importantly, friendships!
Here’s everything we know so far about Aftermath:
What is The Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Story About?
The story of Aftermath picks up right at the conclusion of Mortal Kombat 11, so if you haven’t beaten it yet, consider this your spoiler warning.
From what little we’ve seen of Aftermath, it seems to almost exclusively follow the DLC characters: Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Fujin, Sheeva, and Sindel. That’s great, because their parts in the main MK11 story were practically non-existent aside from a few short scenes with Sheeva.
After defeating Kronika, Raiden and the now literally godlike Liu Kang are about to create a brand-new timeline of their own making… only to be interrupted by Shang Tsung, who had been captured by Kronika (along with Fujin and Nightwolf) and was freed upon her defeat.
Shang Tsung warns that if Liu Kang creates a new timeline he will destroy all the realms because, in the process of defeating Kronika, he destroyed her crown. The crown essentially acted as the key to make Kronika’s hourglass work, and trying to use the hourglass without it would only invite disaster. And so, their only option is to send Shang Tsung, Fujin, and Nightwolf back in time in order to retrieve Kronika’s crown before she’s able to obtain it.
What Are The New Stages and Stage Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath?
There are two confirmed new stages: The Dead Pool and the Soul Chamber, both of which are classic Mortal Kombat stages. The Dead Pool originated in Mortal Kombat 2 in 1992 and the Soul Chamber debuted in Mortal Kombat 3 in 1995. Stage Fatalities are making a comeback as well, and we got our first taste of the Dead Pool stage fatality in the reveal trailer, where Sub-Zero uppercuts Scorpion onto a hook and is then lowered into a pool of acid.
The Return of Friendships in Mortal Kombat
Friendships have been missing in Mortal Kombat ever since 1996’s Mortal Kombat Trilogy, but they’re finally making a comeback in Aftermath. We’ve seen three so far: Scorpion spearing a huge teddy bear for a big ol’ hug, Noob Saibot using his clones to jump some rope, and Kano putting another shrimp on the barbie.
Which Characters Come in Kombat Pack 2?
Rather than release characters one by one, we’re getting three DLC characters up front as part of Kombat Pack 2:
Sheeva’s last playable appearance in a Mortal Kombat game was Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011, though she did have a brief part to play in the MK11 story. Sheeva’s gameplay style is described as a grappler, with throws to cover every situation. Low grapple, overhead grapple, anti-air grapple, and of course, her unblockable teleport slam.
Fujin hasn’t been a playable character in Mortal Kombat since Mortal Kombat Armageddon way back in 2006, but he has been present in Mortal Kombat lore since then, notably fighting alongside his brother in 2015’s Mortal Kombat X. His fighting style revolves around a sword, a crossbow, and his wind powers, the latter of which he uses to manipulate both his weapons and his enemies.
And then there’s Robocop, who features both the iconic voice and likeness of Peter Weller, who of course played Alex Murphy in the original RoboCop 1 and 2. RoboCop is described as a character who excels at keeping his opponents at bay with his Auto-9 pistol, flamethrower, riot shield, and shoulder cannon that can be loaded with various types of ammo.
Along with the three new characters, there will also be three new character skin packs that will be released over time.
How Much Will Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Cost?
There are three options when it comes to pre-ordering or purchasing Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath when it’s released on May 26. For those who own MK11 and the first Kombat Pack already, there’s a $39.99 upgrade pass that gets you all of the new content in Aftermath: both the story DLC and the Kombat Pack 2 characters.
If you have MK11, but not the first Kombat Pack, there’s a bundle containing Aftermath and Kombat Pack 1 that costs $49.99.
And finally, if you’re completely new to MK11 and want everything, there’s the Aftermath Kollection, which contains vanilla MK11, Kombat Pack 1, and the Aftermath expansion, all for the cost of $59.99. Physical versions will be available in June (for the Americas only).
It’s also important to emphasize that Friendships, the new stages, and stage fatalities are not part of Aftermath. They will all be part of a free update that will be available to all players.
And that’s everything we know! Let us know what character you’re most excited about in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.