Mortal Kombat 11 is teasing the possible return of an iconic fighter with a sneak peek at an upcoming Scorpion skin in Kombat League.
A skin for Scorpion in Mortal Kombat 11 hints at another iconic fighter returning to the franchise. A recent roadmap for the game unveiled new seasonal skins, such as the patriotic skins for Baraka, Erron Black, and Kitana in the Summer Heat Pack that released on August 6th, 2020. Since the franchise’s debut in 1992, several characters have come and gone across the series, some of which have been present in most entries while others have been permanently killed off in the game’s lore, though even then, Mortal Kombat has a way of bringing people back to life.
While Mortal Kombat 11 received a generally positive reception from fans, the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expansion wasn’t as lauded. One criticism of the expansion was that it confirmed one of the franchise’s worst entries is indeed canon while simultaneously introducing bugs and broken gameplay that frustrated players. True to form, however, Aftermath introduced more brutalities to the gory fighting game, and offered hints as to when and where its successor, Mortal Kombat 12, could take place.
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Continuing its support for Mortal Kombat 11, NetherRealm Studios posted a sneak peek at some in-game skins coming to Kombat League on the official MK11: Aftermath Twitter page, one of which hints at an iconic series fighter’s return. The skin in question belongs to Scorpion, but while wearing it, he looks identical to the fighter Reptile. Whether that means Reptile will simply be a Scorpion skin or a new DLC fighter is uncertain, though it’s possible both could occur. The upcoming skins will be released across the next few seasons.
NetherRealm Studios is known for trolling its fanbase, and game programmer and Scorpion voice actor Ed Boon doubly so. The Scorpion skin teased in the company’s recent tweet could be nothing more than a dye for Scorpion meant to pay homage to another iconic fighter. However, if the Mortal Kombat developer were to introduce an entirely different move set for Scorpion based on donning the Reptile skin – essentially making Reptile a playable character – that would be an enthralling experience for fans.
Of course, at that point, NetherRealm could probably just use that time to make Reptile a separate playable fighter, because one more slot on the character selection screen probably isn’t all that difficult to implement if there’s already a character to fill it. Regardless, the sneak peek is worthy of hype, because the very mention of an iconic fighter’s return, even just aesthetically, is an intriguing prospect that could help bring Mortal Kombat: Aftermath out of its funk. Mortal Kombat fans are a loyal but outspoken group, and its lackluster expansion has received their ire for a couple months now. Hopefully, NetherRealm saves it by giving fans the Reptile they’ve always wanted.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available on PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, and Xbox One.
Source: NetherRealm Studios
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