Warner Bros. Interactive and the Mortal Kombat X staff released a new gameplay video for the game confirming the return of Quan Chi to the game. Based on the video, Quan Chi looks more badass than ever. After Mortal Kombat 9, I am happy to see Quan Chi stepping up as the central villain and antagonist for the story in the game. Mortal Kombat 9 did a tremendous job in rebooting the franchise and retelling the storyline of the early games, and it looks like Mortal Kombat X is continuing that thread.
In Mortal Kombat 9, Quan Chi was a manipulative presence. It appeared as if he was manipulating both Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn at the behest of his master Shinnok. I assume Mortal Kombat X’s story will draw from Mortal Kombat 4. Mortal Kombat 9 essentially retold the canonical events of Mortal Kombat through Mortal Kombat III. Except in Mortalk Kombat 9, the plot saw Raiden attempting to alter history and prevent the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. In the new video, executive producer Shaun Himmerick indicates that Quan Chi’s schemes will be “fully realized.” He also mentions Quan Chi’s army of revenant warriors made up of the dead Earthrealm warriors from Mortal Kombat 9. Toward the end of the game, Sindel seemingly killed off seemingly half of the MK universe. Then Raiden inadvertently killed Liu Kang. I assume this means that in the Story Mode, the game will depict some of the franchise’s most beloved characters as Quan Chi’s slaves. There was a bit of this toward the end of Mortal Kombat 9. My hope is that some of the characters can be freed and or resurrected to make a return–perhaps in Mortal Kombat 11. Death in the Mortal Kombat universe is seldom final as Scorpion can attest.
The new character gameplay variations and the interactive environments look like the best new additions to the game. Quan Chi’s three variations include: Sorcerer, which gives him some long-distance skull-based magic spells; Warlock, which lets Quan Chi open interdimensional portals; and Summoner, which gives Quan Chi powers to summon demonic NetherRealm beats. The character variations offer a decidedly different play style for each character. Each one has its own separate, distinct animations. The video ended with what seemed to be a cutoff look of Quan Chi’s fatality, forcing Kano mouth into a blade strapped to Quan Chi’s boot. Mortal Kombat X is definitely skimping on shocking gore.
Mortal Kombat X hits the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC on April 15, 2015.