NetherRealm and Warner handed the PC porting work of Mortal Kombat 11 to a reliable, Polish team.
QLOC previously has proven that they are good when it comes to porting games to PC (DmC: Devil May Cry, Dark Souls-trilogy, or NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat XL and Injustice 2), and Paulo Garcia, Mortal Kombat 11‘s lead designer, praised them to PCGamer: The people that did the XL version of Mortal Kombat X, where it was dramatically improved, they’re doing [Mortal Kombat 11] also, and because they’ve been working with our code engine for the past three years, they’ve actually become a lot faster. [With Injustice] we would give them like essentially like big dumps of what engine was and then they would port things to catch up, where now we’re a lot more integrated and they’re working with our engineers back and forth like on a day by day basis. The patches for Injustice 2 started coming quicker and quicker until they were able to get the patches out almost right after ours [on console].” These words are promising – the goal with Mortal Kombat 11 is simple: QLOC should get the PC patches out as close to NetherRealm‘s console (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) patches as possible.
Mortal Kombat 11 will have 25 playable characters, but only eight were confirmed so far. We already predict the 9th and the 10th character, though. Steve Beran, NetherRealm’s art director, during the introduction of the Towers of Time game mode, accidentally leaked one of them: „Then there are 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.” Going by this comment, it seems Reptile, who debuted in Mortal Kombat II, could be part of the roster.
During the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal stream, when the participants talked about the roster, for a moment, someone ran through the screen for a split second. The host asked who it was, but Tyler Lansdown, the community manager of NetherRealm, said we should tune in to the first Kombat Kast on January 30. It’s too late, though – that character was likely Kabal who debuted in Mortal Kombat 3. He had an attack where he could run back and forth the battlefield to make his enemy dizzy for a few seconds.
Mortal Kombat 11 is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. If you pre-order, you’ll get Shao Kahn and a beta that happens on March 28 (even if it was announced only for PS4 and X1 at the moment).