Grab your best friend and favorite teddy bear and watch the latest trailer featuring the new Friendships coming to the entire roster of Mortal Kombat 11.
A Friendship is a finishing move introduced in Mortal Kombat II in response to the public controversy surrounding the gruesome Fatalityfinishing move in the original Mortal Kombat. Friendships allowed players to perform various (and highly unlikely) acts of kindness and goodwill towards their helpless opponent instead of killing them after winning the match. This included giving a birthday present, blowing bubbles and doing a funny dance. To perform a Friendship, when the opponent is defeated, the player must perform a special button combination for their character and have won that round using only High or Low Kick. In Mortal Kombat 3 and its updates, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the player had to win the round without using the Block button.
Whenever a Friendship was performed in MKII, the announcer (the voice of Shao Kahn) was heard incredulously muttering, “Friendship. Friendship?” while large, multicolored balloon letters would wiggle on the screen stating the name of the finishing move, sounding like Shao Kahn was reading it out of a script. When Friendships returned in MK3 and its updates, the announcer responded, “Friendship. Friendship, again?” in disbelief that such a thing would reappear in another game.
It is generally accepted that the introduction of Friendships to the Mortal Kombat series was intended to mock the parental outcry in 1992.
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath will be available on May 26, 2020.