Mortal Kombat 11 will add Kitana as a playable fighter to its roster, confirming the return of the character in a new live-action choreographed TV spot that was released today. NetherRealm Studios has been revealing characters at an increasingly quick pace as the game begins to build up steam toward its April 23, 2019 release date, with trailers for fighters continuing to steadily release to generate excitement in a fanbase that has wanted a new game for years now.
The addition of a Mortal Kombat 11 Kitana variant is in line with one of the major priorities of the upcoming title, which is assembling a roster of fighters who can have interesting interactions with past versions of themselves. Kitana is currently a Revenant in Mortal Kombat lore, the resurrected version of a fighter who is now an evil spirit. While Johnny Cage meeting himself might be the kind of comedy fans would expect from the series, the Mortal Kombat 11 Kitana meeting her past, whole self could be a storyline beat that resonates with long-time series fans in a different way.
The Mortal Kombat 11 Kitana confirmation was made with the release of a live-action, choreographed TV spot that also appeared on YouTube. The video emphasizes the fact that everyone has a fighter inside them, with the actors transforming into the Mortal Kombat fighter they most relate to before engaging in combat to close out the video. The trailer also confirms the return of Kitana's famous steel fan weapons, which are showcased briefly as the two characters fight. Here's a look at the full trailer:
The trailer is visually stunning, with the transition between live actors to characters feeling noticeably difficult to pick up on thanks to the impressive graphics on display. Although she's not new to Mortal Kombat 11, Kitana's newest iteration is an impressive addition, as she's a character with a lot of history who already has an interesting story being told across several games. Now that Mortal Kombat 11's time-traveling is involved, the expansion of Kitana's character and the potential to see her develop more as a fighter is another positive in a game that is already placing a priority on its most well-received characteristics, from wild character designs to the impressive array of Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities.
Having a Mortal Kombat 11 Kitana variant is one thing, but whether or not she's competitive will be another. The Mortal Kombat 11 closed beta finished just over a week ago, and the game's online balancing has already come under fire. Hopefully, NetherRealm Studios finds a way to make the highest number of its combatants playable in tournament settings, as leaving behind characters like Kitana should she ultimately be found weak would be disappointing. Balance discussions aside, though, Kitana is a great character to welcome back and she, alongside the rest of the Mortal Kombat 11 roster, will be arriving later this month to creatively and disturbingly eviscerate opponents all across Earthrealm.
Source: Mortal Kombat