Joke characters are pretty much par for the course in fighting games. From Street Fighter's Dan to Marvel Vs. Capcom 2's Servbot, silly and oftentimes downright useless characters have found their way into games since the early days of the medium. The Mortal Kombat series is no different, having gone so far as to implement urban legends as playable characters like Ermac. In the case of the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, one potential inclusion has officially been confirmed absent.
Considering the recent reveal that both Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade would be returning in addition to the Friday the 13th announcement of Jason Voorhees as a guest Kombatant, Mortal Kombat X has been bursting at the seams with character additions both new and old. Much to the chagrin of longtime fans of the series though, joke character Mokap has been revealed to be joining Jade on the sidelines for this iteration of the popular fighting series.
This came as part of NetherRealm's livestream of the game yesterday in which a fan asked which characters would not be appearing in the title. Having first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance for Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox, Mokap acted as one of Johnny Cage's motion-capture actors. As such, his knowledge of martial arts made him a logical inclusion for the Mortal Kombat tournament.
While Mortal Kombat X won't mark his return to the spotlight, the mere mention of his existence bodes well for his inclusion in future iterations. Mokap has previously appeared in three Mortal Kombat games and possesses just the right level of weird to prompt a resurrection. The promise that the game will include four DLC characters helps to soften the blow, but a full-bodied fighting roster just doesn't feel the same without a solid joke inclusion.
It's important to note that an obscure character like Mokap was chosen to be confirmed absent on the livestream in the wake of rumors of Kenshi and Frost returning. This would have been the perfect opportunity to quash these rumors, but the fact that they were avoided helps lend credibility to these characters' potential inclusions. With the game's launch just a month away, fans of these characters won't have long to wait for confirmation either way.
With a more involved story mode and a release on mobile devices, Mortal Kombat X is quickly shaping up to be an essential entry in Mortal Kombat's vast catalog of titles. Sporting a healthy mix of old and new characters on the roster, there will no doubt be a Kombatant to match every player's needs when the game launches.
What joke character would you like to see included in Mortal Kombat X in lieu of Mokap? Would you like to see more newcomers introduced in this iteration of the series?
Mortal Kombat X crashes onto shelves on April 14, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One; and later this summer for PS3 and Xbox 360.