Mortal Kombat 11 was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the two parties also involved with the game's predecessor, Mortal Kombat X. The game was announced by series co-creator Ed Boon in December 2018, at The Game Awards 2018, with a trailer showcasing Dark Raiden and Scorpion, two characters from the Mortal Kombat franchise, fighting against each other. The trailer featured "Immortal", an original song by artist 21 Savage, which was met with negative reception from fans of the series. While some critics thought that 21 Savage's distinct musical style well underlined the trailer's violence, most felt that the song's tone did not fit the trailer's theme, spawning a series of videos replacing it. On the same day as the trailer was revealed, voice actor Patrick Seitz announced that he would not return to voice Scorpion in Mortal Kombat 11, a role that he had played since Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe from 2008. Later the following month, Vic Chao, who voiced both Kenshi and Goro from Mortal Kombat X revealed a majority of the cast from the previous Mortal Kombat installments will not return in Mortal Kombat 11, himself included. Prior to Chao's announcement on the same month, his co-star and voice actress Jennifer Hale, who voiced Tanya revealed that she will be returning in the sequel voicing a new character, Kronika.