Gonna be real with y’all here: I hate guest characters in fighting games. Not only are they annoying, cross marketing nonsense, but these characters by design take up the spot of a returning or new character that can either bring an old favorite into the fold or become a new staple in the series. Mortal Kombat and Injustice developer NetherRealm Studios is especially into this idea though, as Injustice 2, probably my favorite fighting game of all time, featured characters like Hellboy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even a few Mortal Kombat characters for the self plug. So perhaps seeing RoboCop in Mortal Kombat 11 and all my subsequent eyerolls is just some pent up angst about those dumb, pizza-eating turtles taking a spot in Injustice 2 that could have theoretically been filled by John Constantine.
RoboCop will be coming out alongside Mortal Kombat 11’s new story DLC add-on called “Aftermath,” which is bringing a new story scenario to the game, along with some old favorite characters like Fujin and Sheeva. Other new features will be stage fatalities, but NetherRealm says it won’t be telling people which stages have them, so you could very well accidentally trigger one in a fight you thought would be otherwise totally normal.
“Aftermath” will also be bringing back an old feature from previous Mortal Kombat games called Friendships, which are non-violent, often comical finishing moves to give you a break from the gruesome Fatalities that are a pillar of the series. Like this one, where Scorpion hugs a teddy bear:
“Aftermath” will be available on May 26 and run you $40.
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While RoboCop is the latest guest character to show up in Mortal Kombat 11, he’s certainly not the first. Just in this game alone, Mortal Kombat’s fighters have fought a bunch of weird characters from other franchises, like The Joker from DC Comics and the Terminator. NetherRealm boss Ed Boon is also open to the idea of John Wick showing up in the game as a playable fighter, but who really wants to see Keanu Reeves go through one of those gory fatalities?
If the idea of RoboCop entices you and you’re interested in getting into Mortal Kombat 11, be sure to check out some of the guides we have on the site about how to play as or fight against characters like Raiden, Sonya Blade, and Skarlet. If you’re already a Mortal Kombat fan, I’m sure we have something here for you too, like ranking the various fighters on how paternal they are, or ranking the Ninja Boys of the series, and the results will probably not surprise you. We also had a woman guess the breast sizes of the female cast, because when you’re discussing these topics, it’s important to listen to people who would have firsthand knowledge of these things.