If you’re a fan of Mortal Kombat, then you should have plenty to do this summer. The Klassic Skins DLC, as well as two new characters in Skarlet and Kenshi, have kept Mortal Kombat fresh in gamers’ minds.
Two more characters will be arriving fairly soon – one of which is the purple ninja Rain. His time to shine is approaching fast, and in preparation, a new trailer showing off just what he can do was released today.
Rain’s new costume is an interesting mix of his original outfit from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and his newer costume from Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (seen above). It’s also nice to see that most of his special moves have been updated for the game – such as his force ball that lets you move your opponent around, lightning bolts, and his super roundhouse kick. He also seems to have adopted the more tongue-in-cheek nature of his first game, if what we see of his Fatalities are any indication.
Watch the Rain trailer and see for yourself if the character is ready for Mortal Kombat.
Rain first appeared in arcade versions of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 as a random character in the demo that played while no one was using the game. He wasn’t a full character until the home versions of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 were made, and even then, he wasn’t fully developed until Mortal Kombat Trilogy. He was originally created as sort of a joke or reference to the famous Prince song, Purple Rain. Hence why he’s a purple ninja, specifically. The joke was further shown by his backstory revealing that he was the “prince” of Edenia – the homeworld of familiar characters such as Kitana, Jade, and Sindel.
Later, during the events of Mortal Kombat Armageddon, it was revealed that his father was actually the guardian of Edenia, serving as their version of Raiden – essentially making Rain a demigod. It will be interesting to see if elements from this iteration of the character come into play when Rain arrives in Mortal Kombat, or if it’ll be retconned entirely.
Are you looking forward to playing as Rain? With one more DLC character still unknown, who do you think will appear?
Mortal Kombat is out now for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Rain will be available for DLC on July 19th.