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NetherRealm Studios revealed new details on Mortal Kombat 11 during a live event in Los Angeles Thursday, offering fans a first look at gameplay, a roster of new and returning characters, and changes coming to the series’ well-worn fighting systems.

Here’s a rundown of what NetherRealm and series co-creator Ed Boon announced (and teased) for MK11.

THE MORTAL KOMBAT 11 ROSTER
Mortal Kombat 11 will feature both new and returning characters. Some who have existed since the franchise’s beginning, including Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, and Sonya Blade, will be there again. Fan favorites like Baraka and Skarlet, who skipped the previous Mortal Kombat game, will be back for MK11. Two new characters, Geras and Kronika, will make their debut.

Geras will fight using “time-control abilities,” according to Boon. He can summon objects made of stone and sand in battle, and can use those powers to teleport himself and trap his enemies. He can also stop and rewind time, holding enemies in place while he punches them with rock-covered fists. You can see Geras fight in his character reveal trailer below.

Geras fights in the service of the game’s other new character, Kronika. She was teased in the first Mortal Kombat 11 trailer back in December. According to Boon, Kronika’s been “running the show since the first Mortal Kombat,” but when Raiden alters the timeline by killing Shinnok in Mortal Kombat X, she’s forced to intervene. NetherRealm Studios hasn’t yet confirmed whether Kronika will be a playable character — but she’s the boss of the game, the first female big-bad in the Mortal Kombat series, so it’s likely.

NetherRealm also teased another possible returning character, Kabal, who debuted in Mortal Kombat 3.

The initial roster for Mortal Kombat 11 will feature 25 playable characters, according to the character select screen, as well as Shao Kahn, a pre-order bonus character.
Fighters in Mortal Kombat 11 will be highly customizable, building upon what NetherRealm created for Mortal Kombat X and Injustice 2. While previous games featured multiple predetermined fighting variations, MK11 will give players the option of customizing their character in more granular ways. In the case of Scorpion, players can pick which mask, sword, and spear they want to equip, each of which can be augmented by socketed items. Players can choose which special abilities they want to take into battle for further customization. There’s also a “Kosmetic” component, which includes options like character skin, cinematic intros, victory screens, and even fatalities. Players have the option of naming their character customization loadouts.

THE KOMBAT
NetherRealm is switching up the Mortal Kombat fighting formula by rethinking and adjusting some mechanics that date back to 2011’s Mortal Kombat (aka MK9). The meter that used to be shared for moves like the combo-interrupting Breaker, X-ray moves, and enhanced attacks has been split into two. That meter appears in the bottom right and left corners, with the horizontal portion reserved for offensive moves and the vertical portion used for defensive moves.

X-ray moves appear to have transitioned into what NetherRealm is calling Fatal Blows. When a player’s health meter drops below 30 percent, they’ll get access to a Fatal Blow, a nasty-looking combo that they can unleash by pressing two shoulder buttons at once.

Mortal Kombat 11 will also introduce the Flawless Block. If a player blocks an attack with perfect timing, Boon said, they’ll have a window to counterattack. That should open up some interesting high-risk, high-reward situations.

THE STORY OF MORTAL KOMBAT 11
Mortal Kombat 11’s story campaign is set immediately after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat. According to NetherRealm’s official description, “Raiden has upset the balance of history with the death of Shinnok. Tired of Earthrealm’s defiance, Kronika, The Keeper of Time will bring order to the universe through any means necessary.”

Boon said that the story will involve characters from one Mortal Kombat timeline meeting (and occasionally beating the organs out of) younger versions of themselves. He also unveiled the game’s opening cinematic, which features Dark Raiden, Shinnok, and Kronika. You can watch that below.
More details on Mortal Kombat 11 are expected on Jan. 30, during NetherRealm’s next Kombat Kast livestream.

For the time being, if you want to see some fighting game pros duke it out in Mortal Kombat 11, NetherRealm has exhibition matches featuring players SonicFox, Tweedy, Rewind, Grr, Scar, Hayatei, and Honeybee on its YouTube channel.

MORTAL KOMBAT 11 RELEASE DATE AND PLATFORMS
Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on April 23.

Source: https://www.polygon.com/2019/1/17/18187239/mortal-kombat-11-release-characters-story

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On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet?

While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.

There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats.

Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure.

So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!

Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention on National Love Your Pet Day. Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets! Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.

Source: http://www.wsfa.com/2019/02/20/national-love-your-pet-day/

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Lady Gaga and Fiancé Christian Carino End Engagement

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Lady Gaga and her fiancé Christian Carino have ended their engagement, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end,” a source tells PEOPLE, adding that the pair split “a bit ago.” “There’s no long dramatic story.”

Speculation began that the couple was taking time apart when eagle-eyed fans noticed that Gaga, 32, was not wearing her engagement ring at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. Gaga also did not thank Carino in her acceptance speech after her song “Shallow” won the best pop duo or group performance prize.

Carino did not attend the Grammys, even though Gaga has brought her former fiancé as her date to other events this awards season, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, as she’s made the rounds accepting trophies for A Star Is Born.

On Valentine’s Day, instead of sharing photos with her fiancé, the star revealed that she’d had a permanent piece of A Star Is Born inked on her body. Gaga debuted a large tattoo on her spine that pays tribute to her role in the acclaimed musical-drama.

“Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to “la vie en rose” by the beautiful @winterstone my spinal cord is now a rose,” Gaga wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the completed tattoo of an intricate outline of a single rose on a long stem with the words, “la vie en rose” written in script beside it.

She also got the musical notes “G” and “A” on sheet lines of sheet music tattooed onto the inside of her arm to spell out her famous moniker.
At Elle‘s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in October 2018, honoree Gaga revealed her engagement to Carino by thanking “my fiancé Christian” during her speech.

PEOPLE exclusively confirmed Gaga and the talent agent, 49, were dating in February 2017 after the couple were spotted getting affectionate at a Kings of Leon concert that year.
After ending her five-year relationship with Taylor Kinney, “she wasn’t expecting to find love with Christian so quickly,” a source told PEOPLE in October, “but things just became serious very fast. Christian is a good, grounding force and understands her career.”

Source: https://people.com/music/lady-gaga-christian-carino-split/

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Pregnant Duchess Meghan makes surprise trip to NYC: Details!

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A royal excursion to the Big Apple! Duchess Meghan made an unannounced trip to New York City in the final trimester of her pregnancy, a source confirms to Us Weekly exclusively.

The Suits alum, 37, was spotted eating lunch with a friend at the Ladurée restaurant and bakery in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday, February 16. “They were having a lovely time, laughing and talking with each other,” an eyewitness tells Us.

The mom-to-be also stopped by the nearby high-end children’s clothing store Bonpoint. (Her BFF Jessica Mulroney was in town for the weekend too, though it is unclear if they met up.)

The surprise visit comes days after Meghan and husband Prince Harry attended a gala performance of The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum in London. She showed off her baby bump in a formfitting white Calvin Klein dress and a matching Amanda Wakeley coat at the Tuesday, February 12, event in support of Queen Elizabeth II’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Canopy.

Harry, 34, and Meghan (née Markle) married in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England in May 2018. Kensington Palace announced the retired actress’ pregnancy in October.

Meghan told well-wishers during a trip to Birkenhead, England, in January that she is due to give birth in late April or early May, noting that she and the prince want their baby’s sex to be a “surprise.”

The queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter revealed to Us exclusively earlier this month that Meghan “will begin maternity leave from royal duties” ahead of her first child’s arrival. He added that the Los Angeles native is “full of energy and in good spirits” as she enjoys the “busy work schedule she has at the moment.”

However, later this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are scheduled to travel to Morocco for an official royal visit from February 23 to 25. Kensington Palace said in a statement: “The duke and duchess are looking forward to the visit which will highlight the vital roles that girls’ education and youth empowerment are playing in, and shaping, modern Morocco.”

Source: https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/02/18/pregnant-duchess-meghan-makes-surprise-trip-to-nyc-details/23672113/

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