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Mortal Kombat 1 hints at the introduction of a new DLC character and a surprise appearance by Kameo Fighter

NetherRealm’s latest release, Mortal Kombat 1, continues to expand its roster with new fighters through the Kombat Pass. The developers have recently provided an official teaser for the upcoming addition.

Ermac, the returning fighter, will be showcasing his gameplay video later this week. The teaser showcases a short interaction between Kung Lao and Ermac. The teaser also introduces Mavado, the newest addition to the roster of fighters in Mortal Kombat 1.

Ed Boon has offered a comprehensive account of Ermac’s origins and the process behind the character’s creation. Here’s the complete breakdown:

Ed Boon: 30+ years ago we were working on the very first #MortalKombat game. The game’s software, had sections of code that it (theoretically) should never reach/execute. If it did, it incremented a counter that would log the ERROR. We also made a “Game Audits” screen where we could check this counter in arcades.

To keep each log short, I wrote an assembler MACRO that would call all the necessary functions in one line of code. The macro was called ERMAC… short for Error Macro.

Unfortunately or fortunately, we listed the number of ERMACS that occurred directly after the log/number of times players fought against REPTILE, who was a hidden fighter in the first Mortal Kombat.

This (of course) made players speculate that ERMAC was another hidden character, like REPTILE. Soon rumors of ERMAC became stuff of legend with players insisting they fought against him. They didn’t.

In Mortal Kombat 2 we made REPTILE a playable fighter and added 3 new hidden fighters: Smoke, Jade and Noob Saibot. But some players were still looking for Ermac.

For MK3 we decided to turn some of the myths into reality, starting with ANIMALITIES. Finally in Ultimate MK3 (running out of kolors) we finally added ERMAC as an actual (red ninja) fighter in the roster.

Over the years he has made a number of appearances in MK games. Now he has a full story/history and is part of the MK lore.

We never (as in ever) would have guessed this red ninja with a ridiculous name would end up such a big part of Mortal Kombat’s history and still be kicking over 30 years later! But here we are, as he is about to join the roster of #MortalKombat1 Game play trailer THIS WEEK!

 

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