Mortal Kombat 11's antagonist, Kronika, is messing with timelines just like her name suggests. This was inevitably going to pit the kombatants against their past selves and the latest trailer by NetherRealm showcased just that occurrence.
Mortal Kombat 11 has finally showcased what it has to offer when the past versions of the characters meet their contemporary selves, or their enemies from a different time. The trailer kicks off with the contemporary Johnny Cage meeting the '90s Kano and ends with a predictable one-liner from the actor-turned-defender-of-Earth-Realm.
Speaking of Cage, he also met his former self which shows just how far the character has evolved over the course of 27 years. The younger Johnny revels in his silly, ego-fueled side while the older one apparently can neither believe nor come to terms with what he was like once upon a deadly tournament.
The trailer also confirmed that Jax, Liu Kang and Kung Lao will be playable characters. The introduction of Jax's earlier version was funny in particular as he was shown seemingly oblivious to who Jacqui Briggs is. Oddly enough, he is depicted wearing the iconic metallic arms while being younger than he looked like in Mortal Kombat from 2011 where Ermac initially tore his arms off, forcing him to wear the cybernetic prostheses.
The Shaolin duo are predictably horrified by what they become in the future but that doesn't stop them from taking on Geras, Kronika's henchman. Kung Lao was also shown besting his undead self but it remains to be seen if this was an aftermath of a random battle or a part of the storyline.
NetherRealm Studios are known for their great storylines in fighting games which is not exactly a usual thing for the genre and the involvement of Kronika and her timeline manipulation might just up the ante and make this the best story so far. Mortal Kombat 11 is coming out on 23 April 2019.