As if you won't have enough fighters to tool around with when the game releases next month.

Following the new trend of announcing downloadable content before the actual game hits store shelves, developer NetherRealm Studios has revealed the first extra characters for their upcoming reboot. They don't want to stick to the easy expansions (costumes, stage additions, etc.); they want the new fighters to "have all the good stuff." So in other words, they'll be entirely new characters from top to bottom. Said producer Han Lo:

"They won't be copy and pasted from characters already in the game – they're going to have their own unique fighting styles, moves, fatalities and x-rays – all the good stuff. [The two we're adding] are Kenshi, who players will recognise from previous MK games, and more excitingly we're adding Scarlet.

Anyone who knows the history of Mortal Kombat will tell you that back in the days of the arcade – when they did just palette swap characters to come up with multiple fighters in the game – there was a glitch in one of the old arcade machines that caused the Jade/Katana/Milena female ninja to glitch and turn red.

People always thought it was a hidden unlockable character and it wasn't, it was purely a programming glitch. They've always speculated and in fact it was the fans who named her Scarlet to begin with. She's no longer a glitch – she's an actual character, and she'll be coming pretty soon post-launch."

HA! Now that's hardcore. We always knew NetherRealm was designing this reboot for the die-hard fans, and they just keep proving that approach with every new piece of news. Turning a glitch only encountered by the MK faithful into a real playable character is worthy of praise, don't you think?

Related Game(s): Mortal Kombat

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MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

I always loved that about Ed Boon and company. They always mashed so much hidden crap into the games that it was fun just to see it happen, let alone do it yourself. And they always seemed to incorporate hidden fighters, glitches, and the like into the eventual games further down the road.

My roommate had no idea about the Smoke fight in MKII until I showed him last summer and he flipped when he saw it.

Reminded me of the old days at the arcade.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

love those old days. How many good times started with "Hey, lemme show ya somethin'"?

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

Haha, SO many!

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

That's great, but unfortunately all my money just disappeared on me, and I won't be able to get this til the summer at the very earliest. Even more unfortunate is I'm resorting to selling off most of my PS3 collection (23 games) just to make ends meet. Hopefully it won't reach the point where I have to sell my PS3 also.

But back to the game. I'm glad they're going the old school route and keeping the 2D fighting plane. I managed to get a "toasty" in the demo, and that honestly made my day. *sigh* good times…

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Hang in there man. Been there and done that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

So like, how much are these gonna cost?

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

I don't imagine they'll be too much. I know I'm in the minority, but I don't think $4.99 is too much for a new character in a fighter — sure beats seventy-five cents a pop back in '94 and '95. And WB has been pretty decent with its DLC, I don't remember the Batman add-ons being too expensive. Weren't some of them free, even?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I dunno, I guess I'd like to have every character available in the game, and if there's like 5 coming out then that's an extra $25 so I end up paying $85 for a complete game. Another reason I will probably wait for the price to come down on MK.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

For $4.99 you should get two characters at least. $4.99 for one is a rip off.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

@Worlds, I suppose I simply see it differently. I started seeing DLC much more akin to stuff like D&D with videogames now. You buy a game, which is like the basic ruleset of the game, and the DLC is expansions, modules, additional rulesets, etc., etc. I don't know how I made this connection, but it's sticking with me.

One thing I do want to add about fighting game DLC, since it seems to generate quite the uproar… fighting games are almost NEVER finished. Back in the day, they used to be arcade first releases, but they would constantly revise, update, and change the arcade boards — most of which needed new hardware if I remember right, or at least memory updates, which was quite expensive. I'm delighted that fighting games can constantly be updated as they were in arcades now, so they can continue to tweak them or even add new characters. The added memory and new boards is what 'caused the games to go from a quarter to fifty-cents, and eventually seventy-five cents a shot and upwards.

As I said, I just look at it differently, haha. Of course I'm probably just thinking up whacky ways to justify spending the amount of money I do on DLC.

Of course! I'd rather it be DLC than having to spend another sixty bucks or so on a brand new version of the game that is just a bunch of minor tweaks to the gameplay with a few new characters like I did back in the SNES/Genesis days. Yuck.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

@Jawknee, see above for my rationale of it.

I'm a guy that spends $6.99 – 14.99 on action figures that just sit in various shoe boxes once I open 'em, so… haha. I'm the last person in the world, really, to argue DLC prices.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

haha, I remember back in the 90's that I used to pay 50 cents to play MK in the arcades.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

I think the last time I played a fighter at an arcade was in 2007 and it was Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. It was 75 cents a pop. It sucked.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

And now I only have another reason to wait for the game to have a price drop. Obviously these characters are ready to be in the game, they just want to price gouge.

The only way this is good news, is if they are free and since they are announcing it pre-game launch, they most likely are not free.

Terrible marketing strategy, because I know I'm not the only one to see this kind of stuff and go, nope, never mind, I'll buy it later when it's cheap.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

you never know how good theyll be with us ps3 users, since they are giving us kratos to play with

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

lol hell yeh kratos would kill any one of em….man he is badass!

___________
___________
9 years ago

WOOOOOOOO KENSHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
finally, was so pissed when i saw he was not in the final game!
cant wait to play this!
now ed, please, baby?
can we pppppppppppllllllllllleeeeeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeee have that fire and ice game?
please?
with honey, ice cream and sugar on top?

A2K78
A2K78
9 years ago

"Turning a glitch only encountered by the MK faithful into a real playable character is worthy of praise, don't you think?"

Something like this have been done before, but rather in a different way.

The flag man in the Samurai Spirits(Samurai Showdown) eventually became a playable chacater at the request of fans. The same can be said about Amy(Soul Calibur)who despite appeared in SC2, became a playable character in the arcade version of SCIII.

So yeah the whole idea of turning a background character(in this case a character created by a glitch) it nothing new.

"I'm a guy that spends $6.99 – 14.99 on action figures that just sit in various shoe boxes once I open 'em"

The thing about them though, those action figures will sometime in the future incur some kind of market value as they become rare. Its the same as how some classic He-Man figures carry massive prices on the auction block

TheIllusiveMan
TheIllusiveMan
9 years ago

You realize MK did this way before either of those games, right? Reptile became a playable character in 2. Then, all the hidden characters from 2 were in 3. Then, Ermac went from a glitch/rumor to a real character in UMK3.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

This is shaping up to be the best fighting game on ps3.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I'm on the fence with this one. I like that they're bringing Kenshi in but why Scarlet? Also, I wouldn't mind paying for the DLC..yet when you announce it before the game even comes out then you should just include it in the game. I'll still get the game Day 1 but will definitely wait until they have all extra characters in 1 DLC pack


Last edited by slugga_status on 3/28/2011 9:09:43 AM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Dare I say fighter of the year!? Yes I dare say so!

Scarlet will be such a great add! And Kintaro!? Hell yeah!

A lot of people complain about DLC but when it comes to fighters I tend to actually love the DLC.

I know the could have added it all on the disc, but hey at least we're getting more stuff.

MadPowerBomber
MadPowerBomber
9 years ago

What's even better is that Kintaro isn't DLC! He's in the game already, but I don't think he, Goro or Shao Kahn are playable.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

After seeing Kratos, he'll be the only character I play with.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

Never been into MK that much, dunno if ill get this,

but thats just FREEEAKIN COOOOOL ūüėÄ