See Mortal Kombat 11's upcoming Friendship finishers in a cuddly new trailer

A free update later this month will add Friendships to Mortal Kombat 11. Friendships are finishers like Fatalities, except they're about being a courteous winner—instead of ripping out your opponent's guts, you can play them a saxophone solo (with a real sax, not a pretend one made out of their spine) or grill up some sausages (which are not made with their intestines). 

Friendships first appeared in Mortal Kombat 2 as a meta joke about the outcry caused by the first game, whose violence was the catalyst for the formation of the ESRB. Including a bunch of non-violent finishers was a concession to the critics that obviously meant nothing, as it was paired with even more Fatalities.

You can see a bunch of the new Friendships in the trailer above. They'll be free for all players in a Mortal Kombat 11 update releasing May 26.

That free update coincides with the release of the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath expansion, which costs $40 and includes a new story campaign, new skin packs, and three characters: Sheeva, Fujin, and RoboCop. And, yes, RoboCop can shoot a guy in the junk like he does in the movie—not very friendly at all.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.