Mortal Kombat 11 is less than a month away, and NetherRealms Studio is campaigning hard for this, especially with numerous trailers and a beta release. Speaking of trailers, the latest one focuses on the theme of the game: generational clash. In what is apparently a time travelling story, the present meets the past for the very first time.
As a seemingly small tribute to the 1990s, the New Skool vs. Old Skool trailer features music from Ice Cube with his song “Check Yo Self”. Modern Johnny Cage punches the 1990s Kano in the crotch, saying to him “Go back to the 90s”.
It then starts showing the past characters meeting and even fighting their present selves: Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Jax (“This is between me, myself, and I”), Scorpion, and Sonya. Johnny Cage gets the most attention here, perhaps shocked seeing how he was bullheaded in the past; when his younger self starts shooting frantically with a military-style shield, his older self says “He going to get us all killed!” There’s a possible pre-fight dialogue that goes like this:
Younger Johnny Cage: “I do my own stunts. You?”
Older Johnny Cage: “I got people for that”
Younger Cage: “Poser”.
It would also be interesting to see on how the younger Cage would react when he finds out about Cassie.
Young Liu Kang and Kung Lao, in this trailer, fight Geras (a servant to Kronika, Mortal Kombat 11’s newest villain) after Lao decapitates him but is resurrected. In an apparent tribute to the new generation, Vince Staples’s “Blue Suede” plays onward
Time paradox question: if the older beats the younger, wouldn’t the older disappear since the younger ceases to exist?
Mortal Kombat 11 will be out on April 23, 2019 for the Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.