Shaggy is not going to be in Mortal Kombat 11 and is a “dead meme”

The befuddled ghost-avoider from the beloved cartoon will never appear in Mortal Kombat 11, a community manager said.

Kombatants hoping to tear out the spine of Scooby-Doo’s Shaggy will be disappointed to learn that Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm has put its foot down and said ‘No.’ It seems that this particular crossover idea is a bridge just a tad too far.

The notion of putting Shaggy into Mortal Kombat 11 has come up a lot, to the point that an online petition to add him as a DLC guest character has now amassed more than 350,000 signatures. But Mortal Kombat’s community manager Tyler Landsdown poured a bucket of cold water on their hopes during the first official Mortal Kombat 11 ‘Kombat Kast’ this week.

“Every time a petition is put on the internet about videogames, everyone who works in videogames – we have to take it seriously,” he said, unseriously. “We have a room in this building called The Petition Room where everyone from this studio comes in, scared, wondering what to do next.”

After a little lighthearted sarcasm, Landsdown got definitive.

“Shaggy will not be in the game – at all, ever, sorry, dead meme,” he said, as the other NetherRealm members in the studio sighed in theatrical disappointment.

“The meme is dead, no Shaggy in Mortal Kombat 11,” Landsdown said.

That may be a little disappointing after Mortal Kombat creator (Kreator?) Ed Boon toyed with the idea on Twitter a couple weeks ago. But fortunately, the Kast also included the reveal trailer for Kabal, who first appeared (along with his trademark twin hook-swords) in Mortal Kombat 3. Here it is:

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In the past, Kabal’s finishing moves have been a bit uninspiring, but it appears that problem has been, uh, rectified.

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The full Kombat Kast gets into Kabal’s moveset and design in some interesting detail, so it’s worth a watch if you’re champing at the bit to get your hands on the next instalment in the Mortal Kombat series, or if you’re just a really big fan of sharp things hitting squishy things.

Mortal Kombat 11 is scheduled for release on April 23.