The final two kharacters inkluded (okay, I’ll stop) in Mortal Kombat 11‘s first round of DLC have been revealed: Batman’s perennial nemesis the Joker, and Schwarzenegger’s rendition of the T-800 model Terminator (Old Version). Today’s announcement rounds out the roster of MK11‘s Kombat Pack, which also includes series mainstays Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Sindel, as well as Todd McFarlane’s iconic antihero Spawn, who hasn’t appeared in a fighting game since the Xbox version of Soul Calibur 2 in 2002.
As shown in the below reveal trailer, the Terminator is next up at bat, debuting on October 8. Sindel follows on November 26, with Joker and Spawn arriving in the first quarter of next year, on January 28 and March 17, respectively. Characters are individually available at $5.99 a pop, or in a bundle for $39.99.
After a previous teaser trailer ended with a chainsaw sound, rumors about the return of Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), who appeared as a DLC character in Mortal Kombat X, or the fighting game debut of Ash Williams (Evil Dead), who has a chainsaw hand, quickly circulated. Today’s announcement puts those rumors to bed, so that chainsaw noise was probably just series co-creator Ed Boon throwing us a red herring. Dude loves doing that.
This won’t be Joker’s first Netherrealm rodeo, since he was a playable character in both Injustice games, as well as Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. This will, however, be his first appearance in an M-rated Netherrealm game, which means this might be the most brutally violent Joker ever put in a game. It all depends on how much creative control DC is willing to give Boon and company over the smiling face of Batman’s gallery of rogues.
Speaking of Joker’s face, dude looks awful. And I don’t mean technically, to be clear — the model itself is an exceptional piece of work. I’m talking about, like, as a person, this specific Joker looks like a real piece of shit. Just a real 4chan on Halloween lookin’ edgelord garbage monster. For the first time ever, I hope Mark Hamill isn’t involved with this iteration of the Joker — I’d hate for his legendary baritone to be tarnished by the mealy lips of this dark web incel r/atheism revenge porn asswipe lookin’ trash can.
Arnold looks pretty good though! The T-800’s inclusion in MK11 is part of a wider cross-promotion campaign, ahead of Terminator: Dark Fate‘s theatrical release on November 1; he’s also set to appear in Gears of War 5 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. I would have preferred Sarah Conner for MK11, truth be told, but I get that people love murder robots, and Conner might end up having too much stylistic overlap with Sonya Blade and Cassie Cage.
We’ve yet to see any actual gameplay for Joker or the T-800, so there’s no telling what play-styles they might employ. It’s easy to envision the Terminator as being close to Jax, with a double-barrel shotgun and extreme punch capabilities, but that also feels a little easy. Likewise, Joker makes sense as a gadget-heavy zoning character like the Collector, but again, I’m hoping that neither will too closely approximate to any existing character.