Mortal Kombat 11 certainly had a fun and engaging story mode to play through, but things almost played out quite differently. Shawn Kittelsen, a writer at NetherRealm Studios revealed that the writing team once considered a story featuring alternate realities.
That's just the start of what was being considered, though. Kittelsen also reveals that they were considering reviving Onaga, along with a story involving Dark Raiden, who was going to try to destroy Netherrealm to protect Earthrealm. There was even consideration of a "Friday the 13th" theme where classic Mortal Kombat characters would be murdered along the way. Finally, another potential story involved Liu Kang and Kung Lao as a pair of street kids that were going up against a corporation headed by Shang Tsung.
The dev team decided to scratch all of those ideas and go with something that picked up more directly from the previous game. This move was made to please fans, as they didn't want to leave them hanging on what happened next.