A few days ago, developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive unleashed a live-action commercial for the impending fighter, showing every-day people gathering together to form a bloodthirsty hoard that swarmed city streets due to the utterance of a single word: “Fight.” The commercial is short on gameplay footage, but certainly captures the big-event feel surrounding Mortal Kombat X. People want Mortal Kombat, and they want it now.
While it’s a good spot, something not right. The commercial uses System of a Down’s hit “Chop Suey” as a backing track, and while that makes sense – band member Shavo Odadjian directed the video, after all – it’s not hard to imagine a better choice. Something a little more on-brand. Something iconic.
Now, fans don’t have to pretend: YouTube user shagg187 edited Odadjian’s original ad and replaced the soundtrack with something a little bit more appropriate – specifically, “Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat),” the 1994 techno hit by The Immortals. The song was originally created as part of Mortal Kombat: The Album, which was produced to promote the first Mortal Kombat’s release on home consoles.
In the mid-90s, “Techno Syndrome” was everywhere. Not only was the song used in ads for the game, but it played over the end credits of the 1995 Mortal Kombat feature film, which starred Robin Shou as Liu Kang and was, at the time, considered one of the more successful video game adaptations (which really just means that it was better than Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Street Fighter movie). The movie hasn’t aged particularly well, but the song still holds up; “Techno Syndrome” remains a popular subject for remixes, and still pops up occasionally on the dance party circuit.
Mortal Kombat X’s soundtrack hasn’t been revealed yet, although Wiz Khalifa’s “Can’t Be Stopped” made its debut with the Mortal Kombat X announce trailer last summer. It’s unlikely that “Techno Syndrome” will make an appearance in the game (although, you never know; the track was a hidden bonus on the Sega CD version of the first title). Regardless of what music is included, the game should sound great: NetherRealm recently released a video showing off the sound team’s foley work, and yes, the process is just as disgusting as one would imagine.
Mortal Kombat X is due in stores April 14, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It will release on PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime this summer.