Mortal Kombat 11: Noob Saibot and Shang Tsung Revealed

Sub-Zero's shadowy brother and the original host of Mortal Kombat are both back, but with a neat twist.

Mortal Kombat 11: Noob Saibot and Shang Tsung

The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) featured a few announcements for Mortal Kombat 11. With little more than a month to go, Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios showed off not only one of the starting members of the roster, but the first downloadable kombatant with a delightful twist.

First off, here’s the trailer for the return of Noob Saibot, the blackhearted ninja:

Noob Saibot, otherwise known as Bi-Han, technically made his debut in the first Mortal Kombat as the original Sub-Zero. He even got his own spin-off game! The assassin was killed by Scorpion and was reborn in Hell as the slimy shadow of himself, working as an enforcer for Quan Chi and Shinnok. In that form, he made his first appearance in Mortal Kombat II as a secret character that you could only fight after winning 50 consecutive matches. From there, he became a staple in the series and was last seen in Mortal Kombat 9, where he was torn to pieces by a soulnado.

Of course, this game features time travel and all that, so Noob is able to make his return.

The other big news centers around Shang Tsung. Not only will the original series villain be making his return as the host of the Krypt, the store for unlockables, but he will be the first DLC character. What makes this extra special is that he’s given the likeness and voice of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who played him in the first Mortal Kombat movie back in 1995.

Shang Tsung was introduced as the final boss in the first Mortal Kombat in the form of a floating old man who could transform himself into any playable character. The sequel revealed that he was working under Shao Kahn and has since been depicted as one of his top henchmen. He and Quan Chi became the main villains in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, but otherwise, he’s been a secondary threat. In Mortal Kombat 9, he was killed by Shao Kahn and used to empower Sindel, who killed a whole bunch of good guys singlehandedly, but Ermac’s Mortal Kombat X ending revealed his resurrection.

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The panel also showed some brief footage of the game’s story mode, namely Jacqui Briggs shooting up demonic cannon fodder and a clip of Sub-Zero and Scorpion fighting some cyber ninjas.

Mortal Kombat 11 will be released on April 23 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows.

Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and misses the 2D days when Shang Tsung could actually morph in-game. Read Gavin’s other articles here and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L