Developer NetherRealm has postponed this week’s «Kombat Kast» broadcast for Mortal Kombat 11 due to storm descending on Chicago, which is where the studio is located.
Chicago has been overrun with snow over the past week, and in the coming days, the temperature is expected to remain below freezing as a brutal Portal Vortex rolls through. With the wind chills accounted for, the temperature could drop to as low as -60 F. The National Weather Service warns that this could cause frostbite on uncovered skin in as little as five minutes.
Presumably the Mortal Kombat 11 stream was postponed so participants would not need to journey into the frozen world, and instead stay safe and warm at home instead. The National Weather Service describes the cold in Chicago right now as being «life-threatening.» It is so cold that people are being advised to avoid taking deep breaths and minimize talking.
NetherRealm community manager Tyler Landsdown said postponing the Mortal Kombat 11 stream is a precautionary measure. «I want the stream to be the best it can be, and if someone can’t get there, well, that’s not as fun!» he said.
Thanks Grr. Everything will be fine. Just best to take precautions. I want the stream to be the best it can be, and if someone can’t get there well, that’s not as fun!
— Tyler Lansdown (@tylerlansdown) January 29, 2019
The new Kombat Kast is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 5. It’ll kick off at 3 PM CST that day, and more news about the fighting game is expected.
The safety of our team is very important to us. Due to the dangerous incoming storm, we’ve decided to move the Kombat Kast to Tuesday, February 5th, at 3 pm CST. We thank you for your understanding!
— NetherRealm Studios (@NetherRealm) January 29, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 launches on April 23 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For lots more, check out GameSpot’s interview with series creator Ed Boon.