Mortal Kombat hasn't shied away from odd game modes before (you can't accuse the series of being "shy," period), but the next patch for Mortal Kombat 11 will add something pretty novel for fighting games: a raid mode.
Announced on MK developer NetherRealm's Kombat Kast, Team Raids will be added to Mortal Kombat 11 with the game's next patch. Like a raid in an MMO or action RPG, MK11's Team Raids are built around on tough bosses and challenging modifiers that necessitate teamwork, but they're far from the multi-hour affairs the term "raid" brings to mind. The Team Raid demoed on the Kombat Kast lasted about as long as a typical MK match.
Team Raids put three players in simultaneous individual matches against a single boss, and the nature of the overall fight can change depending on challenges and boss modifiers. All three players chip away at the boss's shared health bar, but the boss attacks and moves separately in each player's instance, so there's no continuing a combo set up by a teammate. Instead, teams can make their fights easier if they complete group challenges that pop up during the match. For example, a challenge can grant armor to all three players so long as they all land amplified special moves on the boss in a small window of time.
The hosts of the Kombat Kast say completing these challenges and equipping the right items are both vital for surviving Team Raids, as bosses also get buffs as the matches go on. Teams are limited to a shared pool of lives, which does sound like it creates the opportunity for those classic raiding moments where a single surviving player barely ekes out a victory against a fully enraged and buffed boss.
NetherRealm says the update with Team Raids will come "soon," and is set to host another Kombat Kast next week to talk about MK11's next DLC character, the T-800 Terminator. The T-800 is coming to Mortal Kombat 11 on October 8, so it won't be long until you can form a triple-S dream team of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Schwarzenegger to take on Team Raids.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and will come to Google Stadia. For more on Mortal Kombat 11, check out our guide section.