At some point soon, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm are going to have to run out of fighters to reveal for Mortal Kombat X, right? We’re just a little over two weeks away from the launch of the upcoming fight title and the final roster is still a mystery. Franchise veteran Liu Kang officially joined the roster yesterday and a tweet from Ed Boon hinted that there were at least two more reveals to come before launch. After the latest livestream, it looks like fans can scratch another mystery fighter off the list.
Unlike Liu Kang, the fighter revealed during the livestream is brand-new to the games. Erron Black is a western-inspired gunslinger who has appeared in the Mortal Kombat X prequel comics, but has yet to be a playable character in any of the games. The reveal trailer for the character shows that his holsters are for more than just show and this character will be a great choice for players who prefer to keep their distance and win with ranged attacks.
The announcement confirms speculation about Black’s appearance in the game that was making the rounds when the character showed up in an unofficial leaked screen shot earlier this month. Like all the fighters in this version, Black will have varying specializations to suit different player styles. Despite his obvious love of guns, there is an option for players who prefer to get up close and personal while brawling.
Black’s three variants are Marksman, Outlaw, and Gunslinger. Most of the action in the reveal trailer is from the Gunslinger variant, where Black caries two pistols and attacks with deadly speed. The Marksman option slows things down a bit, by dealing damage with a rifle that the fighter carries around on his back. The melee variant, Outlaw, puts a sword in Black’s hands instead of a firearm.
We don’t know a lot about Black’s story yet, but we do know that he is a former mercenary from Earthrealm who eventually ends up in Outworld serving under Kotal Kahn. Black looks, sounds, and acts like a mix between Clint Eastwood and Stephen King’s Gunslinger, so fans are undoubtedly looking forward to learning more about his backstory and place in the MK universe.
The trailer gives a sneak peek at one of Black’s Fatalities, confirming that just because he’s using guns, doesn’t mean he can’t do some seriously precise and graphic damage. His bullets ricochet from bone to bone through the opponent’s body and then he fills their wounds with what appears to be sand. Things escalate from there, but fans should definitely check it out for themselves.
What do you think of Erron Black’s fighting style? Do you have any prediction for the last mystery fighter? Let us know in the comments.
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A PS3 and Xbox 360 release will follow in the summer.