Mortal Kombat 11 Stream Delayed Amid "Life-Threatening" Cold In Chicago

The National Weather Service says even opening your mouth to speak might be a bad idea because it's so cold.

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Developer NetherRealm has postponed this week's "Kombat Kast" broadcast for Mortal Kombat 11 due to storm descending on Chicago, which is where the studio is located.

Chicago has been overrun with snow over the past week, and in the coming days, the temperature is expected to remain below freezing as a brutal Portal Vortex rolls through. With the wind chills accounted for, the temperature could drop to as low as -60 F. The National Weather Service warns that this could cause frostbite on uncovered skin in as little as five minutes.

Presumably the Mortal Kombat 11 stream was postponed so participants would not need to journey into the frozen world, and instead stay safe and warm at home instead. The National Weather Service describes the cold in Chicago right now as being "life-threatening." It is so cold that people are being advised to avoid taking deep breaths and minimize talking.

NetherRealm community manager Tyler Landsdown said postponing the Mortal Kombat 11 stream is a precautionary measure. "I want the stream to be the best it can be, and if someone can't get there, well, that's not as fun!" he said.

The new Kombat Kast is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 5. It'll kick off at 3 PM CST that day, and more news about the fighting game is expected. In the meantime you can see all the confirmed Mortal Kombat 11 characters and skins.

Mortal Kombat 11 launches on April 23 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For lots more, check out GameSpot's interview with series creator Ed Boon.

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Wow. I was going to joke about how -20 or so ain't no big deal, but with the wind chill they're measuring temperatures at -50 Celsius. That ain't no joke.

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@Barighm: -50 Fahrenheit, actually. But still, that's really, really cold. I live in nearby Milwaukee and can confirm that the weather has been absolutely horrendous. It's just not worth going outside right now.

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Climate change is vicious. It's -52 here with wind chill.

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where's "global warming" ?

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@Voice_of_Wisdom: This latest weather system in the midwest is part of it. 'Global Warming' is a bit of a misnomer; I think 'climate change' is more accurate. But it appears very likely that seeing more examples of this kind of weather phenomenon is all part of climate change: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/30/polar-vortex-2019-usa-what-is-it-temperatures-cold-weather-climate-change-explained

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@Voice_of_Wisdom: Where the trees are a buuuuuuuuuurnin'~?????

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@Voice_of_Wisdom: In a global warming scenario, the Great Lakes region gets colder. Something about the jet stream moving farther south thus no longer blocking all that arctic air coming in from Hudson Bay. Whenever there are nasty cold snaps in the region, it's usually because of air from Hudson Bay.

It's one of two regions that would actually get colder in such a scenario with the Mediterranean being one of them (I don't know why).

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@Voice_of_Wisdom: It's called climate change, you maroon. Global warming is just part of it. Global warming and climate change can lead to an ice age.

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Argh too many sub-zero jokes :P

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Geez, so many idiots in the Twitter comments thinking some cold weather automatically refutes the idea of global warming.

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@ender003: Willful ignorance is strong with Republicans.

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With sub-zero temperatures so low I bet residents of Chicago and the surrounding areas are hoping for more toasty weather and that it will get over to them asap. Hopefully there are no fatalities as a result of this cold snap.

-TEST YOUR… HEATER? NINJA APPROVED-

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Sub-Zero wins!

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Wow ppl in Chicago can't even talk or breath deeply it's like that one scene from The Day After Tomorrow where ppl froze instantly just from being outside. Holy crap y'all the world is coming to an end.

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@Marky360: That was actually the result of a vacuum-like meteorological phenomenon that sucked all air into space like great big temperature tornadoes, thus exposing people to space-like temperatures of -270C or -455F.

...or something like that. I've only seen the movie once and it was a long time ago.

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@Barighm:

LOL I know I'm just saying this feels similar to the movie

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@Marky360: I'm totally fine with the recommendation for people to not open their mouths outside... Follows nicely with the "stop using Facetime (in public)" message

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@Pyrosa:

LOL ?

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-14 ? That's cake even us in Eastern Europe hit an awesome -18 two years ago , Muricans you're weak ASF !

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@off3nc3: Research before speaking. Going off one read is weak

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@off3nc3: actually I live in the Chicago area and right now it’s -20 with windchills between -50 and -60. So no we’re not weak.

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@off3nc3:

Not -14, - 60 now that is some cold ass shit. Like it says in the article it will be colder in Chicago then the South Pole.

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@Marky360: ...which isn't that surprising since it's summer in Antarctica and winter in Chicago.

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@zmanbarzel:

Summer in Antarctica is still colder then everywhere else (usually)

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@Marky360: “[Weather Channel’s Chris] Maue said that during summer, much of the coast of Antarctica is tolerable (near freezing) as the wintertime sea-ice melts away. "The Antarctic peninsula is often above freezing," he said.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/29/polar-vortex-2019-chicago-colder-than-antarctica-alaska-north-pole/2715979002/

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@zmanbarzel:

I would have expected Antarctica to be unbearable all year round lol ?

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Minimize talking? In America? Good luck :)

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@mattcake:

Let's be serious no one talks any more they only text.

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Better safe than sorry. We can wait. If the NWS is saying it can get -60 on down, why take chances with Sub Zero looking to fatality y'all. Kabal on the 5th it is.

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-14 ? ha... come to Latvia, we have that every day since december. Show me Kabal!

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@ivory_de: That's in Fahrenheit, not Celsius. A quick Google search shows that, well, Latvia has been relatively balmy compared to that in January.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/lv/riga/225780/january-weather/225780

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This is not news. -14*F is nothing. All you need is a PROPER WINTER COAT. Wait for it to drop to -40 and then come talk to me. lol

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@neurogia: With the Windchill, it's going as low as -60. Because Weather isn't just Temperature and Reading is a thing people should do.

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Elsa confirmed as guest character.

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News is about absurd cold in Chicago.

Video is of Sub-Zero.

Son of a...

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"Portal Vortex", aka Glados Winter.....

Article didn't even get it right lol

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I guess you could say that the temperature in Chicago will be... sub-zero ?

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Sub-zero temperatures canceled the event. How very ironic lol

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