News Roundup January 17th

by Huey Chewwy in

The Mortal Kombat 11 reveal is here with plenty of details and it is Morphin’ time as a Power Rangers fighting game is coming in April.


Today is the day for the official Mortal Kombat 11 reveal. The over-the-top action and fatalities are here more than ever and seemingly answering the question if NetherRealm Studios can top themselves. By all appearances, they certainly have.

As for gameplay, not all of the details are there yet but there seems to be a more focus on environmental attacks and possibly weapons. In past games, a meter below the health bar was shared for both offensive and defensive capabilities. For MK 11, those have been broken into two separate bars and are displayed in the lower corners of the screen to prevent them from distracting from the action. Characters will have their own custom variations so you’ll be able to give your favorite fighters their own look. A white Scorpion? Why the heck not?!

But what about the thing Mortal Kombat is known for? The fatalities are here and they do not disappoint. They even have their own trailer showing off some fatalities for the revealed combatants. One man punches another man’s face off, literally.

So what about the combatants? The roster so far is filled with some old favorites, a few surprises, and one new face. For the old guard you can expect Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, and Sonya to appeal to long time fans of the series. Skarlet and Baraka are the two surprises to the roster mainly because Skarlet was a DLC fighter for the Mortal Kombat reboot in 2011 and never really mentioned in the overall story. Baraka could be considered part of the old guard except for the fact that he super died in Mortal Kombat X. As for the new fighter, Geras is a servant of Kronika and has the ability to manipulate time.

Now, just who is Kronika and what is her purpose? She seems to have been the mysterious figure at the end of the MK 11 reveal trailer. Kronika is the Keeper of Time and with Raiden unknowingly upsetting the balance of time by beheading Shinnok, she’s none too happy. Given here ability to play with time, it seems we may be going on a time bending trip which might explain why Baraka is here. As the main villain in the story, Kornika becomes the first female boss character in series history.

In various videos for MK 11 we see the NetherRealm rulers Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Kitana but whether or not they are playable has yet to be confirmed. There is even a point where we see younger versions of Liu Kang and Kung Lao fighting their corrupted selves so the chances of them being on the main roster seems pretty good. Speaking of going bad, Raiden went from being the “only fight when provoked” guy to “I’LL KILL EVERYONE WHO TALKS BAD ABOUT EARTHREALM!”. Possessing Shinnok’s amulet has corrupted Raiden and while he’s still fighting against Earthrealm’s enemies, he’s absolutely aggressive in doing so.

Brutal as ever, Mortal Kombat 11 might be the fighter for 2019 when it launches on April 23rd.

From morphine time to Morphin’ Time

Speaking of fighters and iconic characters, a fighting game based on the Power Rangers franchise is also in the works for 2019. More surprisingly, it is also launching in April which puts it in competition with Mortal Kombat 11. The audiences are fairly disparate, though, as Power Rangers is a bit more on the kid friendly side compared to MK 11’s brutal and bloody style.

The premise here is using the 25 year history of the Power Rangers to pit Rangers and villains from the past and present against one another in teams. The combat is stated to be easy to learn and hard to master by doing away with long inputs and going for a more simplistic style of combat.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will launch for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in April with a PC release on Steam coming sometime afterwards. Cross-play on every version but the PS4 has also been confirmed. Even if you’re a little iffy about two fighting games in the same month, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a nicely priced $19.99 digital title which could fit into more player’s budgets.