If you're a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, you'll probably know about Shao Khan's taunts.
The barrel-chested announcer has boomed out taunts for years, warning his hapless foes they're about to get crushed by his outrageously-sized man fists as well as narrating the action as he sits on his stone throne.
Shao Khan in Mortal Kombat 11, fully revealed in a video released by developer NetherRealm overnight, trades on nostalgia for these taunts. In the gameplay we see his infamous "you suck!" finger point line, as well as his villainous laugh.
For reference, here's Shao Khan spitting his "it's official, you suck" line as the announcer of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 arcade:
And here are his taunts from Mortal Kombat 9:
In a tweet, Mortal Kombat development chief Ed Boon admitted nostalgia won out against story consistency when it came to Shao Khan's taunts.
Yea.....for some of these things, we ride the fence on nostalgia (that was one of his lines in the arcades) and consistency with the character?s story (would he really use the word SUCK?)....in this case nostalgia was the winner. #ItsOfficial— Ed Boon (@noobde) April 17, 2019
Eagle-eyed fans are currently speculating Shao Khan's taunts have some kind of in-game effect for Mortal Kombat 11. His laugh taunt, for example, appears to trigger a green visual effect on his opponent, although what it does exactly is unknown. Perhaps it's a debuff of some kind?
Elsewhere, Shao Khan looks as hard-hitting as you'd expect, and his Fatality is pretty brutal: he hits his opponent's head with his hammer so hard it shoots out of their back. Nice.
It's just a shame Shao Khan is a pre-order bonus, isn't it?