Mortal Kombat 11 is a game nearly 30 years in the making

The Mortal Kombat series has been around since 1992, but it’s a franchise that has aged surprisingly gracefully. In fact, Mortal Kombat is arguably more popular now than at any point in history. The most recent release, 2015’s Mortal Kombat X sold 11 million copies, making it the biggest MK release to date.

Coming off of a hit like that, you might expect developer NetherRealm Studios to offer more of the same, but with Mortal Kombat 11, which launches today, the team decided to change things up. MK11 features a redesigned fighting system aimed at more strategic play, along with a much bigger focus on the story. According to creative director and series creator Ed Boon, this desire to keep changing is one of the key reasons Mortal Kombat…

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