Mortal Kombat 11 Brings Back Noob Saibot and the First Film's Shang Tsung

Mortal Kombat 11 Brings Back Noob Saibot and the First Film's Shang Tsung

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa returns to the role he played back in 1995.

Today at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, Netherrealm revealed the next two characters coming to Mortal Kombat 11. The first is Noob Saibot, the hidden character who debuted in the original Mortal Kombat as a silhouette of the other male ninjas. Noob has since become his own character: the shade of the original Sub-Zero, who died in the first game.

The trailer shows Noob Saibot connecting with his younger brother again. In battle, he wields a wicked curved sickle as a weapon and uses shadow clones of himself to draw in his enemies. Noob's Fatality involves creating a shadow clone inside his opponent, which then crawls out of their body from the inside.

The other character is the first who won't be on the main roster, instead coming as downloadable content for Mortal Kombat 11. Shang Tsung returns to Mortal Kombat, with his voice and likeness portrayed by actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Tagawa played the villainous sorcerer back in 1995's Mortal Kombat film. It's great to see him back over two decades later.

Shang Tsung will be the keeper of the Krypt, which is Mortal Kombat 11's version of Injustice 2's Multiverse mode. There, players will be able to take on challenges to unlock new and varied gear for their characters. Yes, like Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat 11 does have a gear system, offering new cosmetic looks and RPG-style stats.

Mortal Kombat 11 is scheduled to have a closed beta next week, starting on March 27 at 8am PT/11am ET and running until March 31 at 11:59pm PT/2:59am ET. Beta entrants on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will have access to Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. Mortal Kombat 11 launches April 23 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

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