[Mortal Kombat： Deception]MK11’s Deception Callback Reveals Where Missing Fighters Were
NetherRealm Studio’s story and voiceover director Dominic Cianciolo shares how Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath’s prologue calls back to MK: Deception.
By Bryson J. Lewis
Published Mar 25, 2021
The Mortal Kombat series is filled with tiny details, references, and easter eggs that are typically just a nod of acknowledgement to either previous games or pop culture. However, there are some easter eggs and callbacks that are used to as a means to justify actions taken within?Mortal Kombat’s story. There are many mysteries in the world of Mortal Kombat, including what happened to Jacqui in Fiji. While it is unlikely that every mystery will be solved, thanks to Dominic Cianciolo, players now know that?Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath calls back to Mortal Kombat Deception.
Mortal Kombat: Deception released in 2004, taking place immediately after the events of Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. The story involves Onaga, the Dragon King seeking to fuse the realms together with the use of six artifacts called Kamidogu. Onaga deceives Shujinko into finding and collecting the artifacts of the Kamidogu for him. However the callback in Mortal Kombat 11 has nothing to do with the main story of MK Deception. The callback comes from a small mention involving Scorpion.
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Speaking with Ars Technica, Dominic Cianciolo, story and voiceover director for NetherRealm Studios, reveals that the callback from Mortal Kombat: Deception involves the void. “…in Aftermath’s prologue we hear that Fujin, Nightwolf, and Shang Tsung have been trapped in a void and that’s where they’ve been during the events of the main game.” Cianciolo also clarifies that this void isn’t a new concept to?Mortal Kombat, but rather something small that NetherRealm Studios decided to bring back and play around with, saying, “Actually it isn’t, it’s not something that’s new. The void was first mentioned in Scorpion’s bio in MK Deception.”
While Cianciolo didn’t fully explain what the void is, there are some theories and lore behind it. Given the fact that both Shang Tsung and Nightwolf die in Mortal Kombat 9 it can be assumed that the void has something to do with the afterlife. It is said the void is a bypass into the Heavens where the Elder Gods are. This could mean that Shang Tsung and Nightwolf were trapped in a?what could be considered a form?of purgatory, an in-between world between the realms and the Heavens. With Fujin being a god?and alive throughout the new timeline, perhaps the void also allows access from the Heavens to the realms.
This callback may be minor in terms of grandeur, but it does allow a logical reason for the returns of Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, and Fujin in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. It also gives NetherRealm Studios?the opportunity to?bring back other small details from previous games that players may not have noticed and reintroduce them in a big way. With Mortal Kombat 12 potentially taking place during the time of the Great Kung Lao, perhaps players could see more secrets revealed.
Mortal Kombat will always have secrets, mysteries, and easter eggs to explore. While everything may not be revealed to the public, players will always speculate and theorize about the lore and world of Mortal Kombat. With the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie coming, fans can continue to find the little secrets hiding within, such as why Johnny Cage was left out the movie or who really is Cole Young.
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Bryson J. Lewis
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Bryson J. Lewis is a writer, editor, reader, gamer, sports, and anime fan based in Dallas, Texas. He’s been an editorial intern for a student arts journal, a freelancer, a package handler, a plastic cup inspector, and now works as a Gaming Features Writer for Screen Rant. Bryson is a graduate of Texas Christian University’s Liberal Arts program with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing.
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