Mortal Kombat 11 has always been an intimidating piece of work. The franchise-best fighter is packed with about as much content and game modes as all the Mortal Kombat games from the ’90s combined. It’s photo-realistic, with blood-splattering gore that is actually frightening to watch. The story mode, with its fully orchestrated soundtrack and surprisingly emotional narrative, is among the most cinematic campaigns in gaming history. And not only did MK11 satisfy with its vast arsenal of customizable characters and online options, but it also managed to deliver a complex fighting system that pleased even the most competitive of audiences.
And now, the game is about to get even bigger and badder. Netherrealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment just released the details on their huge expansion, aptly titled Aftermath. The DLC content, which is available on May 26 for $ 40 (if you already own the full-price game) includes a sprawling story expansion, three new playable characters (ahem: ROBOCOP!!!), new stages, skins, “friendship” fatalities, and more.
Unlike the relatively inconsequential update we saw for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order earlier this week, Aftermath feels like another full act of the Mortal Kombat opera. A lot of games today are expected to have dedicated DLC support months after release. In some cases, this means developers have the chance to fix bugs, hone in on fan-favorite game modes, and tinker around with some new stuff for players who have already completed the story mode, like the popular “New Game Plus” expansions in games such as Spider-Man and God of War. This is different, though. A continuation of the cinematic campaign mode—with big names from the old-school Mortal Kombat roster, and the added ability to perform stage fatalities and wholesome “friendship” fatalities like in previous sequels—this may as well be a “Definitive Edition” update to round out an already fantastic game.
Did I mention you can play as Robocop in this game? OCP Crime Prevention Unit 001 will tie off Netherrealm’s hilarious and insane ’80s action movie DLC characters, with the MK11 including Terminator T-800, Spawn, and now the iconic cybernetic crime fighter from the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film. Robocop vs. Terminator. Let that sit for a second. Robocop. Versus Terminator.
For those of us who have been struggling to put Animal Crossing down over the past few weeks, this DLC package arrives like a punch in the throat. Finally, a new(ish) game to play. The future of the industry, with all the delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is up in the air right now. But at least we’ll have Mortal Kombat to rely on for the foreseeable future. Sorry, one last time: ROBOCOP VS. TERMINATOR.