For the past few months, everybody has been talking about Mortal Kombat X, particularly its ever-growing roster of characters. For a while, it seemed like not a day went by without an official announcement from Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios, a leak from a careless retailer, or a an accidental confirmation spotted by eagle-eyed fans.
Well, no more. According to NetherRealm’s latest Kombat Kast, the Mortal Kombat X roster is locked down. The final game includes 29 separate fighters, four of whom (like Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees and Predator’s Predator) will be delivered via DLC, and one (the multi-limbed Mortal Kombat veteran, Goro) who’s being offered as a pre-order bonus. And that’s it. While the final roster contains an eclectic mix of newcomers and returning favorites, some players’ favorite characters didn’t make the cut. If you’re upset about that, well, too bad. It’s done.
Or is it? While the base roster itself is finished, NetherRealm indicated that Mortal Kombat X’s combatants will take various forms, thanks to alternate in-game costumes. That’s not exactly huge news – new skins have been a fighting game staple for years – until you see exactly how different these alternate costumes are. These new outfits aren’t just basic color swaps; they change characters’ entire personalities. Case in point: the recently revealed Farmer Jax, and the “silent but deadly” Mime Johnny Cage.
Unlocking these two costumes – along with many others, NetherRealm implied – requires players to link their console editions of Mortal Kombat X with the game’s mobile version using a single WB Play account. The alternate skins are earned via the mobile edition, which plays similarly to NetherRealm’s previous mobile fighting titles, Injustice: Gods Among Us and WWE Immortals. However, once unlocked, the special costumes are playable in both versions of Mortal Kombat X. Players can also earn a special Raiden skin by simply linking the two games together, with no extra gameplay required.
Farmer Jax and Mime Johnny Cage don’t look like they actually play differently from their base characters, they just look hilarious (or, in Cage’s case, terrifying, depending on your opinion of mimes). Still, these alternate costumes seem like a good way to change things up in the unlikely situation that players tire of Mortal Kombat X’s already substantial content. So far, NetherRealm hasn’t said how many alternate outfits can be unlocked via the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X, but at least one skin per character doesn’t seem too far fetched.
Mortal Kombat X releases April 14, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Xbox 360 and PS3 versions should come later.
Source: NetherRealm Studios