Mortal Kombat 11: Shang Tsung, Kombat Pack characters announced

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After making fans impatiently wait, the folks at NetherRealm Studios revealed a first look Mortal Kombat’s klassic sorcerer, plus who to expect next as DLC.

A little over a month after its release, NetherRealm Studios has lifted the lid on Mortal Kombat 11‘s first batch of DLC characters in the Kombat Pack package. The pack will include six fighters, with half being returning veterans (Shang Tsung, Nightwolf and Sindel) and the other being the NRS staple of guest characters that will feature none other than Spawn.

The Kombat Pack will also include one-week exclusive access to new characters as they’re released, with Shang Tsung coming first on June 18. Each character will come with their own gear and skins, with other cosmetics for characters already in the game also being available via the pack.

Speaking of Shang Tsung, the classic antagonist is making his first playable appearance since the 2011 reboot of the series. Announced before the game’s release as part of confirming The Krypt, he’s been a highly-requested fan favorite.  NetherRealm even got actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa to reprise his role as the sorcerer from the 1995 Mortal Kombat film, which is also lovingly referenced to in other aspects of the newer game.

You can check the trailer for his MK 11 appearance below.

As you can see, it’s pretty standard Shang Tsung, complete with shapeshifting, fireballs and the like. What’s interesting is who he morphs into. Moves from Rain, Ermac, Smoke, and Reptile can all be seen in what can be assumed to be his base special moves. His Fatal Blow also utilizes moves from Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot, practically rounding out the classic ninja cast. His fatality, without spoiling too much, is also a nice little homage to Mortal Kombat II.

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Yes, Tagawa’s famous moment from the film that has been immortalized in meme culture is indeed a victory animation.

As far as the other DLC characters go, it’ll be interesting to see how Nightwolf and Sindel look and play in their respective returns to the roster. Meanwhile, Spawn is a total wild card as a guest character but has been rumored to be in an NRS game for years. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has even been on record saying he’d like to see the character in a Mortal Kombat game and may have accidentally spoiled the news a few months ago in a Reddit AMA. 

With the final two characters, one of them may not be as much of a toss-up as you would think. The trailer ends with a chainsaw sound and could be a link to the long-rumored appearance of Ash Williams from The Evil Dead, despite actor Bruce Campbell’s argument to the contrary.

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Whatever happens, it looks we’ll be waiting a bit longer to see the complete list of who’s next for Mortal Kombat.