Back in December Ed Boon casually announced Mortal Kombat 11 at the 2018 Game Awards with an official game reveal the next month to showcase to game and what’s new to the latest installment. From the time bending campaign to Rhonda Rousey playing Sonya Blade, there was enough discussion to go around for the upcoming fighter.
But a new discussion started to form around the end of the month as a new online meme spawned posting Shaggy from Scooby Doo as a deity which ranged from hundreds of images and videos. Among the talk of Scooby’sbest friend being an ultimate god, an idea to have the character be added to the Mortal Kombat 11 was passed around.
With influence from 340,000 signatures made on the growing petition to make Shaggy an added character following the game’s launch and even NeaterRealm Head Ed Boon jumping on top of the gag, the idea of him coming to the game’s roster didn’t seem too impossible. Even more assurance knowing that Warner Bros., who owns the rights to Scooby Doo is also the publisher for the approaching title; continued to push hope for the possibility.
RT @unrooolie Can I call it or what
— Ed Boon (@noobde) February 1, 2019
But coming from the latest Kombat Kast it was announced by the team over at NetherRealm that the Scooby Doo character will in fact not be coming to the game’s roster at any point in the near future. “Shaggy will not be in the game at all, ever.” Ed Boon is notorious for hopping on jokes that surface in the community and this might have gone on a little too long as he had to make an officially confirmation for Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11.
Reflecting back on Injustice 2’s added roster, seeing that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their debut in the DC fighter for the game’s third Fighter Pack. Seeing wildcard characters join in compared to the more serious personas stood out and seeing the recent joke made the implication that Shaggy would be the same for Mortal Kombat 11, but now we know that’s not happening. As the game approaches, we will have to see what NetherRealm has planned for DLC characters prior to and after it releases.
Next month an closed beta for the game will be taking place starting on March 23rd. Fans who pre-order will gain access to the exclusive beta a month before the game’s launch.
Mortal Kombat 11 is slated to release on April 23, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.