NetherRealm Studios appears to have accidentally leaked Reptile in Mortal Kombat 11

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 19, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. PST

Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal live event went down two days ago where we saw the new fighter in action for the first time plus a number of the returning favorite characters from the series' long history. Now, it appears as though we know one more scaly fighter we should expect to see coming.

In an interview at the reveal locale with Dualshockers, Art Director at NetherRealm Studios Steve Beran appears to have let slip that Reptile will very likely be among the launch roster of characters for Mortal Kombat 11.

Seven fighters were initially unveiled during the live event with Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Baraka, Skarlet, Raiden and newcomer Geras, but even more could be seen in the trailers and around the venue.

Kabal was teased in the blink of an eye, Liu Kang and Kung Lao appeared in the MK11 gameplay trailer during the story mode, and Cassie Cage was spotted talking to Kitana in some behind-the-scenes footage, so we already know of at least 12 characters that should be there — 13 if Kronika is playable.

During his Dualshockers interview, Beran reportedly discusses the new Towers of Time mode in Mortal Kombat 11, which is likely based on the other tower modes from previous titles, where players can use modifiers to help them progress through the ranks including one for tag teams.

Beran describes the tag function almost more like an assist found in other tag fighting games where a secondary fighter will "throw a few blows, and then hop back out" before he name drops the green ninja.

"Then there's certain things like you can activate Reptile's Acid Ball," said Beran. "It's very nostalgic. You have these helpers, if you will. It's a blast and we're really happy about that."

"Then there's certain things like you can activate Reptile's Acid Ball. It's very nostalgic. You have these helpers, if you will. It's a blast and we're really happy about that."

Reptile has long been a series staple dating back to the original title where he'd appear as a non-playable secret boss after completing a number of convoluted objectives which led to many myths and legends carrying on through future titles like the urban legend of Ermac before he was officially made a character.

Reptile's fate was not directly shown at the end of Mortal Kombat X's story, so he can likely be considered among the living though that status doesn't appear to matter much in the realm of the series considering Baraka has already reappeared for MK 11 after meeting his demise in the previous game.

The character select screen for Mortal Kombat 11 at the reveal event showed 25 possible slots meaning we may only have about 11 more fighters we do not yet know about if all of these teased or shown characters are in fact playable — and then there's Shao Kahn as DLC for pre-ordering the title. That number could change for the final release, however.

Now, this doesn't outright confirm Reptile's playable status in Mortal Kombat 11, but it seems to be an almost certainty coming directly from someone who is actually working on the game.

Mortal Kombat 11 is due out on April 23, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox one and PC.

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