Developer NetherRealm has announced that it is bringing back Friendships with the fatality replacing feature coming in a new update for Mortal Kombat 11.
Removed from the game since the third iteration of the long-running franchise, Friendships see characters engage in all-manner of comedic finishing move antics instead of the brutal deaths synonymous with Mortal Kombat 11. They bring a lightness to an often gruesome and brutal game and one that fans have requested for some time now.
NetherRealm has cooked up a trailer for the occasion packed to the rafters with silly Friendships, including a giant teddy bear, an ice cream cart, a barbecue, sandcastles, selfies, a pinata, and much more. They are as ridiculous as they are ideally suited to Mortal Kombat's over the top style.
NetherRealm says 'The new Mortal Kombat 11 Friendships trailer shows off various fighters performing their own lighthearted finishing move, from Jade bursting open a festive, candy-filled piñata with her staff and Liu Kang disco dancing on an illuminated LED floor, to Sindel toasting with a glass of wine and Jax treating players to a jazz saxophone session, along with plenty of other surprising Friendships for players to discover.'
Friendships come alongside the new Aftermath update, which introduces three new characters in the form of Robocop, Fujin, and Sheeva. The Aftermath expansion will set you back a steep $40 as a standalone expansion or $60 as part of Mortal Kombat 11's season pass-like Aftermath Collection, which includes the base game, Aftermath expansion, and all the DLC released so far.
Unlike the expansion, Friendships are entirely free for owners of the game and arrive packed alongside four brand new stages. These are Dead Pool, Soul Chamber, Kronika's Keep, and RetroKade. Both updates will be available from May 26th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. If you're tempted, pre-orders are already up.