Mortal Kombat 11 launches this week, following months of NetherRealm slowly teasing out the full character roster a character or two at a time. With the launch so close, the studio revealed one more surprise inclusion, a hidden character who can only be accessed by progressing through the story campaign: Frost.
A character debut trailer gives Frost her moment to shine with some banter against her mentor, the series’ other ice-themed character, Sub-Zero. Then the two get down to whacking each other around with ice for a while, before we get a little preview of her grisly Fatality animation. You might say she gives him some wicked brain freeze. Haha! (But seriously it’s very gross.)
Frost has been in several games since her introduction in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, but this is her first time as a playable character since the series reboot in 2011. She’s made cameos and NPC appearances in this new continuity, but this is the first time players can get their icy grip on her for themselves.
Mortal Kombat 11 is getting high marks ahead of its imminent release. GameSpot’s own review-in-progress found some spots a little weak, but gave it high praise on the whole.
“MK11 isn’t just a sequel for series fans and Netherrealm devotees, it’s a gateway into the realm of fighting games for anyone who has a passing interest in watching ruthless warriors beat each other silly,” critic Edmond Tran wrote. “Streamlined mechanics keep the act of fighting furiously exciting no matter what your skill level, and comprehensive tutorials encourage you to dig into the nitty-gritty. There’s a diverse roster of interesting characters and playstyles, and the story mode is an entertaining romp. The unfulfilling approaches to the game’s dynamic single-player content and progression may feel like they’ve totally whiffed (at least at this early stage), but Mortal Kombat 11 hits where it matters.”
Check out our pre-order guide for more details while you wait for the bone-crunching to get started.