Mortal Kombat 11 revealed its latest roster addition today, showcasing the fan favorite Noob Saibot in action for the first time officially. NetherRealm Studios also had a surprise announcement to add, as the studio also unveiled Mortal Kombat 11's first DLC character would be Shang Tsung.
The upcoming title has been revealing characters at a quick clip ahead of Mortal Kombat 11's closed beta period, which starts on March 27 across Xbox One and PS4 platforms. The build-up to the game has been classic Mortal Kombat, whether it's been the early focus on Mortal Kombat 11's fatalities or a renewed fondness for tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top sophomoric humor like the bit that sees Johnny Cage meet himself over the course of the game's time traveling narrative. After so many years away, Mortal Kombat 11's marketing campaign has made it very clear that, despite technological improvements, NetherRealm hasn't forgotten the winning formula that established the franchise in the first place.
Mortal Kombat 11's newest addition, Noob Saibot, is yet another return to what fans love. The character has his roots as a nod to series creator Ed Boon, and quickly became a popular character in his own right thanks to a unique play-pattern that gifts him with an additional assistant in the form of Smoke. Noob is on form in his trailer, too, avoiding the unfortunate result that befell Kotal Kahn is that character's reveal. The trailer ends with Noob eviscerating his opponent in what we can't stop describing as a gutsy performance, much to the chagrin of everyone else. Check out the fatality here, although be warned that it's predictably quite gory:
Alongside the Noob Saibot announcement, NetherRealm Studios also revealed the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat 11: Shang Tsung. Shang Tsung is yet another iconic character in the series who might have hit his most popular when he was portrayed by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in the Mortal Kombat film. Luckily for fans worldwide, NetherRealm Studios agrees with that take, and has based the new model of Shang Tsung on Tagawa's portrayal of the character in the movie. Check out the amazing render here:
Overall, it's yet another strong addition to a Mortal Kombat 11 lineup that already looks impressive. Two more series favorites joining a roster that will inevitably be filled to the brim with the best Mortal Kombat has to offer will make it a tantalizing prospect for even the most lapsed fans. The Mortal Kombat 11 Noob Saibot trailer is just another example of a fighter that appears to be in the best form it's had in quite some time, although there's a caveat - we're less than a week away from the closed beta and getting a better idea of how the game actually plays. If the combat (or Kombat?) holds up, though, Mortal Kombat 11 could be one of the franchise's all-time greats.