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New Mortal Kombat 11 trailer reveals Noob Saibot, official beta date set for March 27

Closed beta will only be on PS4 and Xbox One devices

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Fan favorite Noob Saibot has been revealed for Mortal Kombat 11. Developers NetherRealm Studios confirmed the fighter’s inclusion today with a gory new trailer. This week it also announced that the game’s closed beta will begin next week, on March 27.

Noob Saibot, named after series creators Ed Boon and John Tobias, originally appeared as a hidden character in Mortal Kombat 2. The demonic ninja has gone on to develop a cult following, no pun intended. His introductory trailer shows him battling a number of characters, including his brother, Sub Zero. Saibot’s first fatality, included in the trailer, involves disemboweling his enemy and entering their chest cavity as a dark apparition, before reaching up and out of their gaping mouth and tearing them in half.

It sounds ... well, it sounds about like you’d expect.

Last month, Polygon had the opportunity to visit the the team behind Mortal Kombat 11 at their Chicago studios, where we learned that development of the game began with the gruesome fatalities themselves, rendered as stick figures by Boon himself.

The Mortal Kombat 11 closed beta will be available for those who have pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will begin at 8:00 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, March 27 and run until Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Five fighters will be available, including Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. You can watch that trailer on YouTube.

Mortal Kombat 11 launches on April 23 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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