When it was first announced at last year’s Spike VGAs that Kratos would be a PS3-exclusive fighter for Mortal Kombat, many gamers began speculating as to who would be the Xbox-exclusive fighter. While names like Marcus Fenix (Gears of War) and Master Chief (Halo) were tossed around, NetherRealm and those characters’ respective developers quickly shut those rumors down, but that didn't keep gamers from speculating.
While many thought that the Xbox version of Mortal Kombat would simply go without an exclusive fighter, a video of what seems to be the game's character selection screen suggests that iconic superhero Green Lantern has added more fuel to the speculation. As this is just a rumor, and one that could easily be explained away, gamers should take it with a grain a salt.
Certainly a character that is going to be at the forefront of people’s minds after the Ryan Reynolds’ blockbuster releases, Green Lantern is a suitable choice for an Xbox-exclusive or even just a secret addition to the Mortal Kombat roster - Another way for Warner Bros. Interactive to cross-market. Players will definitely have the chance to harness some of Hal Jordan’s signature powers in the forthcoming tie-in game, but getting to lay the smack down on Scorpion might be a bit more rewarding.
Unfortunately, this rumor can easily be explained if one thinks back to the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe title that released in 2008. Featuring many of the iconic characters from the DC Comics universe, that particular title also allowed gamers to lay the smack down on classic Mortal Kombat characters as Green Lantern. Comparing the looks of the character in the video with the design used in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, it’s very easy to see how this could be just a fan creation.
No matter whether this rumor turns out to be true or false, Xbox 360 owners are going to be on the sorry end of a losing deal. If Green Lantern is in fact an exclusive character, that would mean that NetherRealm Studios simply borrowed a character design from a previously released Mortal Kombat title in order to fill in the requisite slot. If Green Lantern is not included in the game, then that means Xbox 360 owners still do not have a fighter that is exclusive to their console.
The game is a little under two weeks away, giving NetherRealm plenty of time to make the big reveal for an Xbox-exclusive character. Of course, without an exclusive character, Xbox owners are still going to have a ton of Mortal Kombat content to explore.
Would you be satisfied if Green Lantern was the Xbox-exclusive Mortal Kombat fighter? Do you think that there will even be an Xbox-exclusive character?
Mortal Kombat releases April 19, 2011 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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