We already knew Shang Tsung would be Mortal Kombat 11's first DLC fighter, but NetherRealm Studios has finally pulled back the curtain more on the characters that will join MK11 in the upcoming "Kombat Pack" with a brand new trailer below.
Plenty of Shang Tsung on display here. We get a taste of his move-set that includes shapeshifting moves. Tsung frequently morphs into different versions of the Mortal Kombat ninjas, including Scorpion, Sub-zero and Reptile. The fact that each one appears in costumes based on early Mortal Kombat ninja designs is a neat touch too. We even see him take the form of the other fighter and mimic a few of their moves too.
At the end of the video, they confirm other fighters that will feature in the Kombat Pack. Returning characters will include Sindel, Nightwolf and guest character Spawn. Surprisingly, Spawn is no stranger to fighting games, having appeared as a guest character in the OG Xbox version of Soulcalibur 2 back in 2003. I don't think Soulcalibur 2 is quite as violent as Mortal Kombat 11 though.
The video also teases two more fighters yet to be revealed. As they tease said characters, there's the sound of a chainsaw roaring and a certain piece of familiar music. These little audio cues seem to suggest that perhaps the unrevealed characters might be Ash Williams from the Evil Dead movies, as well as The Terminator. This also lines up with what data miners found in MK11's files shortly before release.
Other names they found included Mortal Kombat veterans such as Sheeva (who does appear in MK11's story) and Fujin. There's also one more possible guest character named in the game files: Joker. No not Persona 5's Joker, but DC comics Joker, which doesn't seem like that crazy of an idea since NeathRealm is also the developers behind DC fighting game Injustice.
Anyone who already owns the Kombat Pack will be able to play as Shang Tsung starting June 18. As a fun little touch, Mortal Kombat 11's version of Shang Tsung is played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who played the shape-shifting warlock in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie. On a minor note, the actor who played Ash Williams in Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell, just made a rather unsubtle tweet about the recent trailer. Make what you want of it.
Boy, looks like a swell game - I’ll have to check it out! https://t.co/y5b7e2zr91
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) June 1, 2019