Mortal Kombat 11: Kabal Brutality Uncensored in Latest Patch
The Mortal Kombat series has never shied away from violence or overly mature imagery, but occasionally its developer, NetherRealm Studios, has made concessions where necessary. And sometimes, like in Mortal Kombat 11, the developer has censored its content for comedic effect.
In Mortal Kombat 11, one of Kabal’s brutalities depicts the character revealing its true face and basically scaring the other fighter to death. Originally, the face reveal was censored by a series of distorted pixels, but NetherRealm has decided to uncensor the brutality, for one reason or another.
The uncensored Kabal brutality is just one of several changes introduced to Mortal Kombat 11 with the latest patch. Mostly, the patch was meant to balance the fighters in Mortal Kombat 11 and tweak some changes in modes like the Towers of Time and the Krypt, Additionally, the patch introduced some new Brutalities into Mortal Kombat 11, but NetherRealm wants players to discover what those are. Kabal’s “scare tactic” brutality, however, is not new but has just been changed, seemingly for the better.
Unfortunately, any fans that expected to be taken aback by the uncensored Kabal brutality will be left disappointed. Instead, Kabal’s true face looks like something out of Beetlejuice, and is more comedic than it is scary or gruesome.
Presumably, NetherRealm’s original intent was to animate enough odd details so that it would look gruesome, or give the suggestion of something weird, under the pixelation. Without it, however, Kabal just looks silly and the idea of any Mortal Kombat 11 fighter dying at the sight of his face is laughable.
It’s unclear why NetherRealm changed to the uncensored version in the latest Mortal Kombat 11 patch notes. Now having seen what’s under the pixels, it appears the studio didn’t censor the brutality to preserve the game’s rating or to try to appease a culture; it is a stylistic choice and one that works better with the pixelation intact.