Mortal Kombat 11's Cover Art Revealed

Try to guess who's on it.

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One of the biggest surprises to emerge from last month's Game Awards was Mortal Kombat 11, the next installment in the long-running fighting series. Developer NetherRealm unveiled the title with a brutal trailer, and now series co-creator Ed Boon has given us a glimpse at its cover.

Boon revealed the game's cover artwork on his official Twitter account. Much like Mortal Kombat X's cover, it's very minimalistic, featuring a single character: series mainstay Scorpion, who appeared in the game's reveal trailer alongside another MK veteran, Raiden. You can take a look at the art below.

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NetherRealm hasn't announced many details about Mortal Kombat 11 yet, but based on its reveal trailer, it appears the series' trademark gore is very much intact. The developer has also teased the game will feature a "time bending story," which was hinted at in the trailer; after Raiden dispatches Scorpion, another Scorpion--dressed in the character's classic garb--appears and continues the fight.

Fans will get their first extended look at Mortal Kombat 11 on January 17, when NetherRealm broadcasts a reveal event on Twitch. The game is scheduled to launch a little later this year, on April 23. It's coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, and those who pre-order a copy will receive Shao Kahn as a playable character.

PS4 and Xbox One owners have an added incentive to pre-order the game, as doing so will get you access to a pre-launch beta. The test will be held for those two platforms sometime in March, although further details have yet to be announced.

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I want more classic characters. Enough with cameo bullshit characters. This is MK, not DC/Marvel whatever.

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@danyjr: Preach. I hate guest characters. Predator and Alien were the only cool and good characters the rest were a waste. Waste of DLC money and waste of development time and waste of character slot. Rather they use it on old or new mk characters.

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Scorpion's the poster spectre as usual.

GET OVER HERE!

I hope we get an Arabic character. Maybe a character from Sierra Leone.

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You know, there are other characters besides Scorpion....

And the normal MK logo with it's original theme would suffice.

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@cboye18:

Ed Boons favorite character is Scorpion so dat chance of anybody else appearing on the cover.

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I would have kept the same coloring, fire effects in the background, with the MK Logo; but only with the 'Mortal11Kombat' text written in the middle of the MK Logo. That would have been enough for me. I love Scorpion, but he doesn't have to be on the cover art for MK11.

However, there IS a clear exaggeration around concerning Scorpion being "everywhere".

He was barely ever used for the Arcade cabinets throughout the franchise up to MK4 (same with Sub-Zero):

MK1 cabinet: Johnny Cage

MK2 cabinet: Raiden

MK3 / Ultimate MK3 cabinets: Sindel + Shao Kahn

MK4 cabinet: Quan Chi

Then we have the covert art of console versions of the games. Most of those were only the MK Logo with the game's number and just 'Mortal Kombat' written on it (very much like I would have preferred it for the MK11 art; keep it simple and traditional from earlier games covers). However, some of them do have one, or sometimes more characters on the front art, such as Goro for MK4 (Nintendo 64).

MK9 cover art had BOTH Scorpion + Sub-Zero on it and both fighting each other instead of a generic pose. That was the FIRST time both of them appeared next to each other as cover art (or as 'advertising art' in general prior to a main MK game launch). And finally, for MKX I do believe that it was the time, and ONLY time so far where we had Scorpion (and only him, alone) as the main and cover art of any MK game ever on home consoles. The only cover arts I'm not aware of are for the portable versions of the MK games (GameBoy, GameGear, Vita, etc). If those do differ then I don't know about it. But for home console versions Scorpion is FAR from being everywhere.

Ed Boon did mention a few times he really likes Scorpion, that's his right. Some people prefer other characters, whatever. To each their own. But Mr. Boon is part of the franchise and its history. If there's one guy I know I owe a lot for the MK franchise in general that's him. I don't mind that he likes Scorpion. And I don't mind that Scorpion and Raiden have been used in the main trailer for MK11. On a side note, the main trailer for MKX had - again - BOTH Scorpion and Sub-Zero fighting in the forest (and it was amazing).

It's just a matter of long-term memory. Some people just don't remember, or don't bother looking at the facts. It's been only very VERY recently in the history of the MK franchise that we've been seeing Scorpion more prominently as a character used for advertising a main MK game. And let's not forget Raiden was in the trailer too, and he wiped the first variation of Scorpion that showed up, blowing his head off. I'm sure that a lot of Scorpion haters out there were happy about that one.

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I'm curious, who's the female character at the end of the trailer, touching what seems to be an hourglass? The main villain in this game?

Seems to be related to the "time bending story".

Jade's ending in MK9 mentioned that after the fight with Shao Kahn, she collapsed. And, in a dream, an unknown "shimmering" woman spoke to her "with an air of regal authority" that she has watched through the minds of mortals the events that unfolded over the centuries (previous MK tournaments?). Also that Shao Kahn's death was an event that has to be "Re-imagined". She then possesses Jade and emerges in the waking world.

Could be her.

Wouldn't be surprised if they end up making classic characters again, alongside the new ones, just like in MKT (i mean separate classic characters, with different move sets, not just the same ones with classic costumes).

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@Shinnok789: kronika. she will be revealed in the intro story sequence soon it seems. looks like its about changing time or time travel which she can control somehow and it appears that dark raiden has to be stopped and kronika plays the raiden role this team leading the heroes giving orders to save earthrealm

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@Archangel2222: Everything on point except Kronika leading the heroes.

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Scorpion is overwhelmingly iconic for Mortal Kombat. Put Shoa Kahn maybe in the background of the art. Scorpion should be more almighty than this than to last in the same sort of direction. Not hating but this needs change

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I will agree that it is very minimalistic but you know what they say, right? Sometimes less is more.

-How about taking your own advice there, Ninja?-

-GET OVER HERE! NINJA APPROVED-

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Nooooooooo the rumors were true then its ugly and by god go away Ed Boon not scorpion again sheesh for the love of god.

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@Archangel2222: why all the hate for scorpion

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@shadowwarrior4: most are over it because no other character gets any spotlight or at least a collection of others. Scorpion just feels shoved in peoples faces because of Boons man love for that character. He is in every reveal trailer beating up everyone and dominating. 3 in a row cover arts. Alot of media marketing images. Its scorpion this scorpion that and whats funny check the sister company gfaqs for polls on which character they prefer and sub zero is the fan favourite yet he is the punching bag in trailers for boon

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@shadowwarrior4: Think people are just sick of Ed Boon using him on every games box art and opening trailers to beat up sub zero. This time it was raiden though. Like they do have a large selection of characters they could feature on the box art but it's always Skorpion lol.

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@gamingdevil800:

Then I don't think people really know what they think they're sick of..

Every boxart? Every trailer? Do tell how many that actually is.

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