What are Friendships in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Edition and how do they differ from Fatalities and Brutalities?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 9, 2020 at 8:10 p.m. PDT | Comments: 12

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Edition was revealed as the next chapter for Mortal Kombat 11 earlier this week. This new version of Mortal Kombat 11 and all the new content that will come with it will be available on May 26.

Although the most exciting things about this update are the addition of Fujin, Sheeva, and RoboCop as playable fighters and the new story DLC, we also learned that NetherRealm Studios are adding Friendships back into the mix.

Most seasoned Mortal Kombat fans are probably well aware of Friendships by this point. Friendships have been a thing in the series since Mortal Kombat 2.

Notably though, Friendships have only existed in Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Being that Mortal Kombat Trilogy was released back in 1996, it's been over 20 years since we've seen these quirky interactions.

In previous Mortal Kombat titles, Friendships were only possible to perform at the end of a match if certain stipulations were achieved. Depending on the game, this condition was met either through only using certain attacks throughout the course of a round or by never touching the block button.

For now, it's not entirely clear how Friendships will be performed in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Edition. More than likely, there will still be a condition that must be fulfilled in one of the two rounds that a player is victorious in.

As one might be able to guess from the name of this action, Friendships differ quite a bit from Fatalities and Brutalities. Performing a Fatality or Brutality in Mortal Kombat 11 is a way for a character to effectively murder another in a... creative way.

Friendships, on the other hand, show a kinder and quirkier side of the game's roster. Needless to say, these interactions are typically going to be non-canonical after a brutal engagement between two foes.

We've already seen Noob Saibot summoning two shadows in order to have a jump rope session, Kano barbecuing some meat on his grill, Scorpion yanking a teddy bear towards him for a big hug, and Sub-Zero manning an ice cream cart.

To really emphasize the silliness of the situation, multi-colored lights flick on while party confetti is flying around the stage.

The biggest difference between Friendships when compared to Fatalities and Brutalities is that the opponent is left alive. In fact, the Friendships shown so far don't even so much as interact with the other player.

It's important to note, however, that the player that enacted the Friendship is still the winner of the match. Dead or alive, the opposing character will still be deemed the loser.

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