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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
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.