NetherRealm Studios has gradually been building up its roster for the upcoming Mortal Kombat X since its announcement last spring. Very recently, we’ve seen the reveal of a number of classic fighters in the franchise like Reptile, Kitana, and Ermac, with most of the remaining characters expected to be brand new to the series. However, that is certainly not stopping the teasing of at least the appearance of even more veteran characters.
Rain, Jade, and Cyrax were recently teased, though likely not playable in this game due to the limited returning fighter spots remaining. Now, according to IGN, even more have been hinted at in a recent video out of Brazil.
Within this video, Cassie Cage hints at not just one, but two classic characters. The first is her mother Sonya Blade, as Cassie says “Stay away from my mother.” Obviously, this means that Sonya is still around in some way years in the future, but considering her age at this point, she likely would not be playable. Someone that even looks like classic Sonya, or Cassie in a Sonya costume, also appears to be in the Factions menu.
Cassie Cage also mentions another fan favorite fighter by saying “Are you ok, Uncle Jax? Your joints are cracking.” This also means that Jax is around in some capacity in the game, but it is more than likely that both Sonya and Jax are only around in cutscenes and not as actual playable fighters. Even with the fighters being split down the middle between old and new fighters, it appears we will at least see what some others have been up to in the years since Mortal Kombat 9.
As for DLCs, who are curious as to what, exactly, will be included in the Mortal Kombat X “Kombat Pack” now have a little bit more information to go on, as one of the game’s developers has revealed a handful of fighters and a whole bunch of new skins will be added to the game post-launch.
You apparently can’t release a game these days without plans for DLC and, more often than not, those DLC Plans come in the form of a Season Pass. We’ve seen all sorts of variations on this formula in the past few years, including major content updates, new game modes, new playable characters, etc. The cost, too, always seems to be in flux, ranging from 10 bucks up to $30. Sometimes the Season Pass looks like pretty good bang for your buck. Other times it appears to be a complete ripoff.
Where the Kombat Pass for Mortal Kombat X falls in that spectrum is completely up to you but, unlike some season passes, at least players will have an idea of what they are buying before plopping down the extra cash.
MKX Executive Director Shaun Himmerick took to Twitter recently, explaining that the Kombat Pass would basically be par for the course when it comes to fighting games. No crazy new modes, no new arenas, just fighters and costumes.
“The Kombat pack is four full characters and five skin packs (15 skins) which includes some of my most favorite skins in the game,” reads the tweet.
To be fair, we have no idea how much the MKX Kombat Pass is going to actually cost, so who knows how I’ll feel about this particular batch of DLC in the long run? Also, with around 30 characters in the core game, I’m not about to cry foul if NetherRealm Studios wants to charge a little extra for more characters. It’s impossible to feel like they’re skimping with the initial game if they’re offering such a big lineup.