Though Mortal Kombat 1‘s early entry launch is only a week away, NetherRealm Studios remains to be holding some playing cards near its chest. It solely simply confirmed off Nitara, who’s performed by Hollywood star Megan Fox. And now it has lastly revealed what fellow Hollywood actor Jean-Claude Van Damme will seem like within the sport as Johnny Cage.
The Jean-Claude Van Damme pores and skin is for Kombat Pack house owners
NetherRealm unveiled this particular pores and skin throughout sequence co-creator Ed Boon’s episode of Sizzling Ones, a well-liked present the place the interviewee eats spicy wings. Round six minutes in, host Sean Evans requested Boon about Jean-Claude Van Damme, which is the place footage of the motion star performed within the sport. Till now, the render hadn’t been totally proven off although it’s seemingly launching alongside Mortal Kombat 1 for individuals who have its season go. Even photographs on the Xbox Retailer didn’t have any in-game renders.
The quick clip didn’t have Van Damme talking, however he’s offering a voice for Cage, too. The pores and skin additionally has Van Damme in his outfit from the 1988 movie Bloodsport.
Bloodsport, Van Damme, and Mortal Kombat have a historical past, as the primary Mortal Kombat was initially purported to be a Van Damme sport. As Boon instructed Polygon (and has mentioned just a few instances earlier than), the staff wished the Belgian actor to be the star of the title and the preliminary pitch had photographs from Bloodsport in it. It by no means got here to fruition, which then led to Mortal Kombat being born. Johnny Cage has all the time seemingly been a parody or homage to Van Damme, so this pores and skin has that hyperlink coming full circle.
Mortal Kombat has dabbled with superstar skins previously. Mortal Kombat 11 had skins with the likenesses and voices of DJ Dimitri Vegas, in addition to Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, and Christopher Lambert, who reprised their roles as Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, and Raiden, respectively, from the 1995 movie. Mortal Kombat X additionally had Carl Weathers painting Jax in a particular pores and skin bundled across the Predator DLC.