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Pulled Mortal Kombat Interview Reveals Downloadable Characters

Will Blind Kenshi and a red-clad female be the first additions to Warner's upcoming fighting game? Seems likely.

In an article that has since been pulled from CVG, NetherRealm Studios producer Hans Lo seems to have let some new info slip about the studio's post-release plans for its upcoming fighting game, Mortal Kombat. He named the first two downloadable characters for the game, the blind, sword-toting ninja Kenshi and a new lady in red, named Scarlet.

Scarlet is perhaps the more interesting of the two potential options, though only because her origin isn't the result of careful design. In the arcade version of Mortal Kombat II, a red version of JadeKitana, or Mileena would occasionally load due to some sort of palette glitch. Much like any other inexplicable or unnamed character or bug in any of the early MK games, fans quickly assumed this was some sort of deliberate secret, and took to calling the character "Skarlett." With no official spelling available for the character, we'll have to wait and see how that all comes out.

Kenshi as he appears in MK: Deadly Alliance
In the interview, Lo said that Scarlet will feature a unique fighting style and move set. The same goes for Kenshi, who has already appeared in numerous MK games as a playable character. "They won't be copy and pasted from characters already in the game--they're going to have their own unique fighting styles, moves, fatalities and X-rays--all the good stuff," Lo declared.

Assuming the now-removed interview is accurate, Lo is also quoted as saying to expect these two add-ons relatively soon-ish after the game's launch. No price, of course, was announced for either character.
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Posted by BradNicholson

In an article that has since been pulled from CVG, NetherRealm Studios producer Hans Lo seems to have let some new info slip about the studio's post-release plans for its upcoming fighting game, Mortal Kombat. He named the first two downloadable characters for the game, the blind, sword-toting ninja Kenshi and a new lady in red, named Scarlet.

Scarlet is perhaps the more interesting of the two potential options, though only because her origin isn't the result of careful design. In the arcade version of Mortal Kombat II, a red version of JadeKitana, or Mileena would occasionally load due to some sort of palette glitch. Much like any other inexplicable or unnamed character or bug in any of the early MK games, fans quickly assumed this was some sort of deliberate secret, and took to calling the character "Skarlett." With no official spelling available for the character, we'll have to wait and see how that all comes out.

Kenshi as he appears in MK: Deadly Alliance
In the interview, Lo said that Scarlet will feature a unique fighting style and move set. The same goes for Kenshi, who has already appeared in numerous MK games as a playable character. "They won't be copy and pasted from characters already in the game--they're going to have their own unique fighting styles, moves, fatalities and X-rays--all the good stuff," Lo declared.

Assuming the now-removed interview is accurate, Lo is also quoted as saying to expect these two add-ons relatively soon-ish after the game's launch. No price, of course, was announced for either character.
Edited by Sanj

Hmm, interesting. 
 
Edit: Holy crap I did it! 

Posted by Pabba

FINISH HIM!
Posted by SquirrelGOD

Who?

Posted by kakanoucia

Sounds interesting enough, looking forward to it!

Posted by FLStyle

Both were confirmed as DLC yesterday. Kintaro isn't DLC (if he's playable at all) and Motaro is confirmed as not playable.

Posted by HadesTimes

They pulled this? It's been on EVERY video game news service for two days. Cat is out of the bag.

Edited by Sayishere
@Sanj said:

" Hmm, interesting.  Edit: Holy crap I did it!  "

Haha, the early bird gets the worm :D 
 
And regarding DLC characters, i already regret my purchase of the MVC3 DLC characters, so i will hold of any urges to buy more DLC 
 
and oh, more MK, now.
Posted by buft

that is interesting, i never knew that about Skarlett

Posted by skrutop

I liked Kenshi, and having another chick that looks like Mileena and Kitana is certainly par for the course in MK lore.

Posted by MysteriousBob

Just get the sole decent 'PS2' MK character out of the way.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Still waiting on the announcement of Conker as being the Xbox 360 exclusive DLC.

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Posted by theveej

KENSHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Kenshi was my the only new character liked  from the xbxo/ps2  MK era so im supper happy 
  
SAWG

Posted by Bestostero

I'm pretty sure Scarlet isn't her official name, although Scarlet does seem the likely choice, it was said on Twitter that she still doesn't have a name so they call her "Lady in Red".  I'm hoping for "Ruby"...who was the red female ninja in the MK cartoons lol :)

Posted by Greenlight13

You know, there's something about Kenshi I just don't personally like, but thinking about it, he's probably the best design they came out with after MK4. I say that because I'm the lone Quan Chi and Shinnok fan.

Posted by Demon_Sandwich

I really thought kenshi would be in the game from the start seeing as he was in the teaser after the demo on ps3.

Posted by Coldbrand

I believe it's Lady in Red and you're also forgetting Kintaro.

Posted by Bolgirk

Kenshi was pretty cool. Always reminded me of the classic movie  Blind Fury.

Edited by Skald

I'm more excited for Skarlett than I am for Kenshi to be honest.

Posted by SockLobster
@Coldbrand:  Actually Kintaro is already in the game. And Ed Boon said DLC will NOT be on disc.
Edited by 234r2we232

...though only because her origin isn't the result of careful design

That sounds like MK to me...
Posted by She

Sounds awesome!

Posted by Tesla

I like Kenshi a lot.

Posted by leejunfan83

i liked kenshi in deception 

Posted by SomeDeliCook

I don't care what game it is or what excuse is made, I don't want to see or hear "DLC" about any game until ATLEAST a week after the game is released.

Posted by jking47

extra stuff is always good

Posted by Malakhii
@SomeDeliCook said:
" I don't care what game it is or what excuse is made, I don't want to see or hear "DLC" about any game until ATLEAST a week after the game is released. "
The team has to work on something, the game has probably been done for a while. Characters with entirely new move sets and who are not re-skins is as good a place as any.  
Posted by Shakezula84

Maybe I'll get Scarlett since she would be an all new character but I don't know about Kenshi. I was never a fan of him in the past. I think I only played as him to see his fatality.

Posted by Charlee_CoCo
@SomeDeliCook said:
" I don't care what game it is or what excuse is made, I don't want to see or hear "DLC" about any game until ATLEAST a week after the game is released. "
When a game gets content locked months before release, what exactly do you think the artists, modelers, etc, start working on when they're no longer able to add to the (content locked) game?
Posted by Brad_360i

schweeeeeeet

Posted by Undeadpool

These both seem like cool additions to an already loaded-up game.

Posted by 234r2we232

So Jeff, when NAMCO did it with Soul Calibur 4's DLC characters it was despicable and exploitive, but with MK it's cool 'cause, y'know, it's MK.

Posted by Akeldama

Kenshi was my dude in MK:DA

Posted by Hailinel
@sofacitysweetheart said:
" So Jeff, when NAMCO did it with Soul Calibur 4's DLC characters it was despicable and exploitive, but with MK it's cool 'cause, y'know, it's MK. "
Jeff didn't write this article.
Posted by 234r2we232
@Hailinel said:
" @sofacitysweetheart said:
" So Jeff, when NAMCO did it with Soul Calibur 4's DLC characters it was despicable and exploitive, but with MK it's cool 'cause, y'know, it's MK. "
Jeff didn't write this article. "
Thanks for the heads up?
Posted by Hailinel
@sofacitysweetheart said:
" @Hailinel said:
" @sofacitysweetheart said:
" So Jeff, when NAMCO did it with Soul Calibur 4's DLC characters it was despicable and exploitive, but with MK it's cool 'cause, y'know, it's MK. "
Jeff didn't write this article. "
Thanks for the heads up? "
You sounded as though you were responding as if Jeff wrote the text.  Sorry if that wasn't case.  Either way, I don't know if Jeff has actually said anything in regards to the DLC MK characters.  If he has, I can't remember.
Posted by anthanoid

I think the real issue is why it's not being referred to as "DLK"

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Who is this guy?

Posted by TheHBK

Nobody will give a rats ass about those characters.  Just give us classic costumes and add in classic modes for 1, 2, and 3 where the characters in those games were the only selectable ones and have their original fatalities.

Posted by msavo
@anthanoid said:
" I think the real issue is why it's not being referred to as "DLK" "
Boom. 
Posted by animateria

Myeh, DLC characters. 
 
I got the MVC3 ones free because of the Limited Edition (Which I got for $56.99, so it was pretty much regular price). But I still hate this nonsense in fighting games. 
  
These two have zero appeal to me yet I don't like incomplete rosters (Which is why I still didn't pick up BB either). I'll pick up MK when it gets cheaper.

Posted by EeTMeeL

This is a joke!  The game has not even been shelved and they are already planning for the DLC?  Just include them in the damn game or don't mention them at all.

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@EeTMeeL said:
" This is a joke!  The game has not even been shelved and they are already planning for the DLC?  Just include them in the damn game or don't mention them at all. "
To be fair, the game is out in a couple of weeks now.  It'll all be finished and most of the designers/programmers would have been free to move onto new projects for months now.  All the article said was that these two are planned as DLC.. not that they're already finished or that they're going to be up to download day one or even if they'll be free or not and it was taken offline because they weren't supposed to have been mentioned yet, one of the guys working on the game just slipped up.
 
It always sucks when companies screw us out of basic game content for the sake of more money *cough*capcom*cough*, but let's not jump to conclusions.
Edited by quinistheman
@anthanoid said:

" I think the real issue is why it's not being referred to as "DLK"  

Posted by elko84
@quinistheman said:
" @anthanoid said:

" I think the real issue is why it's not being referred to as "DLK"  

"
This
Posted by bwmcmaste
@anthanoid said:
" I think the real issue is why it's not being referred to as "DLK" "
I "koncur." Hayooooo!
Posted by ryanwho

KENSHI ISNT BLIND YET AT THIS POINT IN THE STORY 
OMFG 
FUCKING BOYCOTT 
WHERE IS MOTARO 
HAVING A STROKE

Posted by ZarakixKenpachi
@sofacitysweetheart:
" So Jeff, when NAMCO did it with Soul Calibur 4's DLC characters it was despicable and exploitive, but with MK it's cool 'cause, y'know, it's MK. "
But with Soul Calibur, the DLC character's were only Yoda/Vader, who existed on separate systems' game discs. There was no reason to have them exclusive to each console, other then to squeeze cash out of people. This situation is nothing like SCIV, because they're not deliberately holding back a specific character from each system, just so they can bone us in the end. It's just not the same, these character's are actual releases.
And I'm one of the few people who liked SCIV.
Posted by ryanwho
@ZarakixKenpachi said:
" @sofacitysweetheart:
" So Jeff, when NAMCO did it with Soul Calibur 4's DLC characters it was despicable and exploitive, but with MK it's cool 'cause, y'know, it's MK. "
But with Soul Calibur, the DLC character's were only Yoda/Vader, who existed on separate systems' game discs. There was no reason to have them exclusive to each console, other then to squeeze cash out of people. This situation is nothing like SCIV, because they're not deliberately holding back a specific character from each system, just so they can bone us in the end. It's just not the same, these character's are actual releases.And I'm one of the few people who liked SCIV. "
So its different because both systems are getting the same withheld content? That's kinda silly dude.
Posted by Miketakon

Tight.... Kenshi was badass.

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