Keep in mind the following article may contain minor character spoilers, but as an effort to calm the confusion around DLC in the community it is necessary in this story.
Over the weekend two articles surfaced discussing DLC in the upcoming Mortal Kombat (2011)
. First an inaccurate article from the May 2011 issue of GamePro
surfaced. The article said that DLC was going to be: a new female warrior dressed in red named Skarlett
along with the blind warrior Kenshi
and the four armed end boss from Mortal Kombat 2
. Immediately after the news surfaced, it was said to be wrong
by NetherRealm's Executive Producer Shaun Himmerick
. We immediately chalked it up as an April Fools Day prank by GamePro, despite being in the May issue, and decided to do some research.
Well then earlier today CVG published an interview
with Mortal Kombat's Senior Producer Hans Lo
. In the interview Hans confirms that both Scarlet
(with a c and one t) and Kenshi
will be coming "pretty soon" as DLC. Here is what Hans told CVG:
"[The two we're adding] are Kenshi, who players will recognise from previous MK games, and more excitingly we're adding Scarlet. Anyone who knows the history of Mortal Kombat will tell you that back in the days of the arcade - when they did just palette swap characters to come up with multiple fighters in the game - there was a glitch in one of the old arcade machines that caused the Jade/Katana/Milena female ninja to glitch and turn red. People always thought it was a hidden unlockable character and it wasn't, it was purely a programming glitch. They've always speculated and in fact it was the fans who named her Scarlet to begin with. She's no longer a glitch - she's an actual character, and she'll be coming pretty soon post-launch." - Hans Lo to CVG
The article then goes on to mention that Kintaro is "planned" but doesn't go into detail. At that moment many Mortal Kombat fan sites jumped on board saying the CVG just confirmed the entire GamePro story, despite CVG not calling Kintaro DLC. That's when NetherRealm's Producer Hector Sanchez made the following statement on Twitter
"I get sad when I see articles that post incorrect information. :( #tigerbloodnotforsale #trustNRS" - Hector Sanchez on Twitter
His "#tigerbloodnotforsale" mention the key thing to look at there. What does this mean?
Well our interpretation of his statement
is that Kintaro is in the game already
you wont have to pay or download a character that is on the disc already! Also we've personally read some of the files contained within the Mortal Kombat (2011) Demo
and Kintaro is actually part of the big 300th Challenge Tower battle
amongst other mentions of him that are larger spoilers. Will he be a playable character when the game ships on April 19th? That's yet to be seen
The clear message here is that NetherRealm Studios is not looking to sell you an unlock code for a character that is on the game disc already, that's why we should "Trust NRS" like Hector said. Whatever they are "planning" for us is clearly going to be in the best interests of the fans.
Also of note, Hector responded to our question about the spelling of the new female character's name
. GamePro called her "Skarlett" and CVG called her "Scarlet" and thusly confused the community. Hector said that her name has not been "decided yet
" and that she is just "Lady in Red, for now"
. So there you have it, she should be called Lady in Red
until an official statement or reveal comes from NetherRealm studios on this new warrior.
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