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'Nearly every move you see in the Mortal Kombat 11 trailer is a real move from the game' - NetherRealm Studios Senior Artist

Bone Breaks, runs, weapons, air throws oh my...

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 7, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. PST • Comments: 30

We had a hunch that the highly anticipated reveal for Mortal Kombat 11 might be finally released at the 2018 Game Awards, but we certainly weren't prepared for the beautifully animated teaser fight between Scorpion(s) and Raiden that ensued.

Obviously developers are going to put their best feet forward, speaking in terms of animation, for a presentation like this and we wouldn't necessarily expect to see too many of the techniques showcased translate directly to gameplay. Wrong.

Daanish Syed is the Senior UI Artist at NetherRealm Studios, and took to his Twitter shortly after the wonderfully brutal reveal to let us all know not to simply cast off what we saw as non-game play related.

"[N]early every move you see in the trailer is a real move from the game..." stated the animator as he expanded on exactly why players are going to be shocked at how accurate the trailer actually is.

That immediately caused us to go back and look at every last detail of the bout to see what we could see. Weapons, run mechanics, Bone Breaker techniques and more are all fair game for MK11 now.

Check out Syed's full tweet below and then let's continue on to see what we can garner from the trailer knowing this new bit of information.


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So what exactly did we see in the trailer? It begins with a fiery air throw from Scorpion to Raiden, which is a long time part of the hellish specter's attack arsenal. He then promptly whips out a sword which he uses frequently in the rest of the fight.

We've seen Scorpion using blades for quite some time now, so the fact that he uses a sword could be simply built into his general design or it could mean that every character will have their own weapon with which to use.

Raiden uses the Superman move that we've seen in every single iteration of the character thus far, and then Scorpion responds with a flying, flaming fist attack. This sort of echoes his teleport punch, though that technique often sees the ninja fly backwards and pop up behind his foe.

After a few hand to hand interactions Raiden then picks up a nearby naginata to stab his foe with, which seems to imply that stages will have intractable objects that players can pick up in the middle of game play.

Following this we watch as Scorpion charges forward and uses his momentum to perform a jumping front kick. We're tempted to say this could indicate the run mechanic is back, but we'll probably want to wait and see on that particular front.

It's at this point that Raiden performs more or less the same leaping punch that Scorpion did just moments earlier. Curiously enough this appears similar to the universal overhead from Street Fighter 3, but could just as easily be a technique that only these two fighters share.

This leads us into what is very reminiscent of an X-Ray attack, save for the fact that no X-Ray animations occur. Scorpion performs a partially slow motion sequence that very well could be his X-Ray equivalent if the developers are retaining that mechanic this time around.

Raiden then pulls out his own personal weapon in the form of a staff, (which we've seen him use plenty of times before) further indicating general use of weapons in MK11. We should also note that said staff breaks after a few successful hits on Scorp's face.

Raiden then proceeds to break a few of his opposition's bones, slamming him against the various bits of rubble nearby and eventually electrocuting Scorp's head until it explodes. Echoes of Mortal Kombat 4's Bone Breaker throws are here, and perhaps we're getting an idea of what Raiden's Fatality looks like. Because he uses a lot of the scenery in this sequence, it may be less indicative of actual game play.

A second Scorpion then appears from nowhere, performs what looks like another Fatality sequence and then the trailer wraps up from there. Take another look and let us know what you garner from all of this in the comments below.

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