The Mortal Kombat series has been chief of the struggling game genre since its debut in 1992 in industry. The series is occupied with in-depth lore and has connected with some companies to incorporate guest fighters. These include Mortal Kombat11’s RoboCop and Terminator T-800. Still, perhaps the series’ most prominent collaborator is DC Comics – and MK11 reveals the franchises’ most direct crossover, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, is canon.
Not only has NetherRealm involved DC characters in several Mortal Kombat games as guest DLC personalities, involving Spawn in Mortal Kombat 11. It has worked with Warner Bros has also begun to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Injustice 2. While Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is examined as one of the MK franchise’s bad games by many followers and looked like it was just a one-off fanservice crossover, Mortal Kombat 11’s Aftermath DLC exposes it is canon.
In the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath DLC, there is one scene where Raiden and Liu Kang argue about whether they should trust Shang Tsung. This scene is eerily similar to a location in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Speaking to Ars Technica, Dominic Cianciolo, picture and voice-over director at NetherRealm Studios, expressed the callback to this scene was intentionally done to express that the events in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe are canon. Cianciolo told developers to imagine the events that took space in the crossover “happened in one of Kronika’s many past timelines,” and that “clearly, she thought it was a mistake because she rolled it back and got rid of it.”
The callback in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is not the only thing that causes Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe canon. The Aftermath DLC also came with DC villain The Joker. Joker was a personality included in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. In Mortal Kombat 11, Joker has several dialogue interactions with many MK fighters, involving Scorpion, Kabal, Shang Tsung, and Cassie Cage, that reference the older crossover game.
There’s no doubt NetherRealm will continue to work with DC and other popular series to add more guest characters to Mortal Kombat 11 and beyond. A guest character could be included in the next Mortal Kombat 11 DLC, along with returning Mortal Kombat characters who were not included in Mortal Kombat 11 at launch or in Aftermath.