As revealed during The Game Awards 2019, The Joker and Harley Quinn are joining Mortal Kombat 11's beefy roster on January 28th. Though The Joker's existence was already known months ago, announced alongside the Terminator T-800, we finally got a release date. His appearance tonight was also the reveal of his character redesign, which was panned by community members when it was shown off earlier this year. Where last time he was the butt of numerous jokes, the fighting game's fans appear to be pleased with the change.
The Mortal Kombat 11 trailer was pre-empted by a new trailer for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, which will feature Harley Quinn and her female cohorts in a new film. Naturally, Harley made her own appearance in the Joker's character spot, which hadn't been revealed previously. She will presumably be joining the Clown Prince of Crime next month. This is unconfirmed, and the "Kombat Pack" FAQ, the DLC where the Joker comes with five other fighters, makes no mention of her inclusion. Still, it would make little sense to animate and rig her entire model just for a Joker tease. The Joker (and possibly Harley Quinn) releases on January 28th, 2020.
The reveal of the pair of positively evil criminals come a few days after Mortal Kombat 11 announced it would be getting cross-play with PS4 and Xbox One players. Curiously, the Switch and the PC ports of Mortal Kombat 11 are left out of the crossplay features for now. Still, it looks as though Netherrealm is simply testing the feature at this time, as the official FAQ reveals that it will only be available in matchmade casual matches, as well as rooms you manually join. Saves aren't crossplay as of yet, and the FAQ suggests that this might be due to the way the specific platform holder organizes their purchases. We'll see just how Netherrealm evolves crossplay features in the coming months, but in the meantime, we can look forward to the Joker appearing in just a few short weeks.
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