A fair amount of information came out for Mortal Kombat 11 in recent times. Examples ranged from new combat mechanics to the confirmations of various characters. However, one of the most interesting pieces of news was the reveal that Mortal Kombat 11 would be featuring a new character named Kronika as well as another new character named Geras who will be serving as Kronika’s minion.
Who Are Geras and Kronika?
In short, Kronika will be the first female main villain for the Mortal Kombat franchise. Given her name, it should come as no surprise to learn that she possesses time manipulation powers. After all, Kronika sounds inspired by Kronos and Khronos. The first was the Greek Titan of the Harvest, who sometimes represented the ravages of time. Meanwhile, the second was the Greek personification of empirical time in the sense of the past, the present, and the future rather than the Green personification of unbound time. Kronos and Khronos were often confused for one another, which is why the two winded up becoming Father Time with his iconic scythe.
Regardless, Kronika has been hyped up as the villain who has been controlling the course of events from behind the scenes since the start. However, her plan was for Shinnok to emerge victorious, which is why his loss in Mortal Kombat X has convinced her to take more serious measures to ensure the success of her plans. Conveniently, this course of action involves time manipulation, thus providing NetherRealm Studios with an excellent excuse to feature both past and present versions of various characters in the same title.
Currently, it is unknown whether Kronika will be a playable character or not. For that matter, it isn’t even known whether she will be a boss fight or not. However, fighting games being fighting games, it seems safe to say that Kronika will indeed be both in Mortal Kombat 11, which could make for something very interesting indeed.
After all, Geras has what are presumably less powerful time manipulation powers that are going to make him one of the most unique characters in not just the Mortal Kombat franchise but also the fighting genre of video games as a whole. Story-wise, we know very little about Geras save that he is a minion of Kronika who has been confirmed to be one of the playable characters. However, a fair amount of information has been released about his mechanics, which pack a lot of potential to say the least.
For example, Geras has a move that lets him either add 30 seconds to the round timer or subtract 30 seconds from the same, which is very situational but nonetheless very powerful in those situations. Likewise, he has another move that lets him resurrect once, thus providing him with something of a safety net. However, Geras’s most spectacular move is what amounts to a rewind, seeing as how it lets him return both his health and his position to what they were four second ago. Combined with the fact that this move can be used even while he is being comboed, its power is self-evident, though said power will come at the cost of limiting the character’s combat options as well.
What Does This Mean for Mortal Kombat 11?
On the whole, Mortal Kombat 11 is looking pretty promising when it comes to new characters. Granted, we don’t have a complete understanding of either Geras or Kronika, meaning that it is still much too soon to start making judgments about their true values as characters. However, what has been revealed about Geras so far is certainly innovative, which should be taken as an encouraging sign.
However, what might be most important is the effect of Kronika’s time manipulation on the setting. Simply put, the Mortal Kombat franchise is a long-running one, meaning that a fair amount of change has happened over the course of its titles. As a result, it could be a lot of fun to see the past versions of various characters run into their present counterparts, particularly in cases in which the chances have been drastic in nature. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 is set to be released in April of 2019, meaning that it won’t be too long until we find out if it lives up to its potential or not.