‘Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath’ Adds A New Story, Three Additional Characters

by Sage Ashford

In what might be a first for a fighting game, NetherRealm Studios has added a new story mode to its game with Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, expanding on the storyline of the main story.    This story sees Shang Tsung return to the world, with him making an attempt to steal Kronnika’s crown, without which they can no longer restore the timeline properly.  Along the way is the appearance of Fujin, and the return of Sheeva, and the return of Friendships to the game.  Plus, there’s a special guest character: Robocop!

More described from PlayStation Blog below:
The new chapters in time-twisting narrative of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath allowed us to give Nightwolf, Fujin, and Sheeva their most sizable roles in any Mortal Kombat game to date. We get to learn more about what drives them, from Fujin’s devotion to Earthrealm’s mortals to Sheeva’s undying loyalty to her empress, Sindel. The story also allows us to see these incredible fighters in action. Our cinematics team has dreamed up a whole host of pulse-pounding action sequences which utilize each character’s signature abilities.

As a studio, we’re also thrilled that the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expansion permitted fan-favorite Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa to make his triumphant return as Shang Tsung. He’s perfect as the devious sorcerer. His inclusion let us cross one huge item off of the studio’s collective bucket list.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath picks up right where Mortal Kombat 11 ends. Liu Kang has finished Kronika. He and Raiden are at the dawn of time, where they prepare to use Kronika’s Hourglass to restart history. But those preparations are halted when some unexpected guests arrive – Fujin, Nightwolf, and Shang Tsung.

Shang Tsung explains that they were Kronika’s prisoners, released only upon her death, and they’ve come to stop Liu Kang from making a deadly mistake. During Liu Kang’s final battle with Kronika, he destroyed her Crown. If he tries to restart history without it, both the Hourglass and reality will be destroyed. All realms will be lost.

Liu Kang’s only solution? To send Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Fujin back into the past to retrieve the Crown before Kronika can even possess it. It’s a plan that’s so crazy it just might work, if Liu Kang can keep Shang Tsung from double-crossing him…

One other benefit of a new story? Our environment team got to build a bevy of new stages. They outdid themselves with fresh takes on the Klassic Dead Pool and Soul Chamber arenas, as well as a new stage that showcases the exterior of Kronika’s Keep. And then there’s our fourth new stage – the RetroKade. The Retrokade is a love letter to the fans who’ve been with us since the earliest days of Mortal Kombat. It gleefully mashes up old school game stages with our more modern presentation. It’s like someone opened up a portal to NostalgiaRealm!

NetherRealm being NetherRealm, our trip to Mortal Kombat’s past doesn’t end there. Somehow, our artists also found time to revive Stage Fatalities. They’re not in every stage, so which arenas have Fatalities remains a secret, for now. We hope you have fun discovering them.

Mortal Kombat: Aftermath is available May 26th.  There’s also a special dynamic theme for PlayStation 4 players.

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