Mortal Kombat games have always had interesting commercials. The first game featured a bunch of teens running around the streets while yelling, “MORTAL KOMBAT!!” The second one had this awesome live-action montage of characters fighting that looked better than the movies. Then the commercials started to get weird, like the kid who had a head growing out from inside his stomach or the one about people’s hands constantly bleeding.
This time, NetherRealm and Warner Bros. have produced another “it’s all inside you” type commercial, culminating in a rather impressive CGI fight between Scorpion and Kitana.
The trailer also confirms that Kitana is indeed playable in the game.
Introduced in Mortal Kombat II, Kitana was an assassin working for Shao Kahn who believed herself to be his daughter. In actuality, Shao Kahn invaded her world and conquered it when she was just a child. Kahn killed Kitana’s father and used his soul to create his soldier Ermac. Kahn married Kitana’s mother Sindel, but she ended up committing suicide.
Kahn brainwashed Kitana into being loyal and even had his sorcerer Shang Tsung construct a twisted clone of Kitana as a more suitable daughter. Eventually, the assassin joined the heroes and had a star-crossed relationship with Earthrealm champion Liu Kang.
In the rebooted continuity, Kitana died at the hands of a resurrected Sindel and was reborn as a revenant henchman of Quan Chi. After Quan Chi’s death, the demon versions of Kitana and Liu Kang rule Hell.
Various lines of pre-fight dialogue in Mortal Kombat 11 even refer to her as “Kitana Kahn,” and part of the game’s storyline stems from her Mortal Kombat X ending, where Kitana sees that, had continuity not been rebooted by Raiden’s time travel, she would have brought peace and prosperity to all the realms. Well, except Earthrealm, which was destroyed.
Mortal Kombat 11 will be released on April 23 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows.
Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and finds it interesting how Kitana had an evil, monstrous clone, but became evil and monstrous on her own. Read more of his articles here and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L