Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches.
Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal.
As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like other Mortal Kombat X characters, he’ll have three fighting styles – Master of Souls, Mystic and Spectral.
Ermac’s moves include telekinetic grabs and teleportation. He’ll also be able to stun opponents with projectiles, keep enemies at a distance with telekinesis, hover and fly, depending on variations.
Ermac has an interesting history; rumours of his existence date back to the very first game, when an item in the game’s audit menu and an unverified glitch led players to believe there was another secret character to unlock besides Reptile.
EGM helped perpetuate the myth with a much-cited hoax, and Midway eventually made it a reality by adding Ermac as a Scorpion pallet swap in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. He later gained his own characterisation in Mortal Kombat: Deception.
Ermac’s backstory casts him as a sort of soup of other dead warriors, which is gross. His signature move is the Telekinetic Slam, and he’s known for fatalities involving opponents being slammed or crushed into the ground.
This time, one of his fatalities will have him twist opponents’ bodies, and another has him rip off an enemy’s head shove it down their neck only to retrieve it from the torso – all with telekinesis.
Mortal Kombat X is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in April.
Update: GamesHQ grabbed the trailer from the stream, which will do nicely until Warner Bros. sends over a high quality version. here’s the official trailer: