Last week during the 2018 Game Awards, Ed Boon - one of the co-creators of the Mortal Kombat series - walked up on stage and surprised everyone with the reveal of the 11th entry in the series. Apart from the overly violent announcement trailer above, which has received much criticism online for not including the series' iconic music, there's not much else known about the title.

Now, DualShockers is reporting how GameStop Italy has revealed some early details about the upcoming release, ahead of schedule. Underneath the Premium Edition listing, there's a description explaining a bit more about what to expect from the next game in the series.

Mortal Kombat 11 will be running on an entirely new engine and there'll be new customisation for clothing, accessories and move sets. In addition to this is a new fatality system and a 'GoreTech' system which will make executions even more brutal than previously. The game also promises to include a strong multiplayer component and cater to the eSports crowd with improved match-making, personalisation systems, daily news and updated rewards.

As DualShockers notes, the game's developer NetherRealm hasn't officially mentioned the new fighting system yet, so apart from the vague description provided by GameStop, it's not clear how it will work. Based on the current information, it is suspected to work in conjunction with the iconic fatality system. Alongside this apparent leak, was a new image for the pre-order bonus Shao Kahn. Check it out below:

Mortal Kombat Character

A community reveal event for MK11 will take place on 17th January 2019. Will you be picking up this game when it is released on 23rd April next year? Leave a comment below.