Over the years, the Mortal Kombat series has offered a panoply of ways of finishing off your opponent, from the original “fatalities” to the infantile “babalities” and even the beastial “animalities.” Starting in Mortal Kombat 2, however, you could also choose to spare your opponent with a goofy gesture of “friendship,” such as Scorpion cranking a jack-in-the-box with a skull in it, or Shang Tsung making a rainbow.
Now, NetherRealm Studios is bringing back friendships for Mortal Kombat 11 as part of a free content update ahead of its Aftermath expansion. According to the trailer, these friendships include Jax playing a lengthy saxophone solo, Liu Kang disco-dancing, and the long-awaited return of Raiden’s diminutive friend (and possible nephew) Kidd Thunder. Kitana’s friendship involves her playing patty-cake with her “sister” Mileena, a possible new character tease, since she is not a playable character in MK11.
You can perform friendships on May 26, the same release date as Mortal Kombat 11’s new expansion. Titled Aftermath, it will add new playable characters–including the wind god Fujin, the four-armed Sheeva, and special guest RoboCop–as well as new story content that explores where MK11 left off. The free friendship update will also include brand new arenas, including classic favorites like MK2’s Dead Pool and MK3’s Soul Chamber, as well as introducing stage fatalities back to the franchise.
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