One of the most iconic elements of the original Mortal Kombat games are the ‘palette-swap’ ninjas, characters who have the same character model, but were assigned different colors and powers, making them their own unique characters.
While the MK franchise has evolved the characters throughout the decades, we have a new trailer for Mortal Kombat 1 that re-introduces the palette-swap characters Smoke, Rain, Cyrax, and Sektor:
And while she isn’t an original palette-swap ninja, she is a part of the Lin Kuei, so Killer Frost also gets a reveal for this trailer.
Admittedly, there are more palette-swap characters in the game that didn’t appear in the trailer. Other ninjas in that roster include Reptile (Green), Ermac (Red), and Noob Saibot (Black). With Noob being revealed to be a resurrected Sub-Zero, it’s possible the Sub-Zero in the game is the one that’s going to turn into him, seeing that he seems to have his own hidden agenda.
While all these incoming characters look great, I’m sure fans will want to see some new faces in the game. It’s been rumored we’re going to get a character from every generation of the MK games, but it’s too early to tell if that’s going to be true.
Here’s the official description for the game:
It’s In Our Blood. Discover a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe created by Fire God Liu Kang. Mortal Kombat 1 ushers in a new era of the iconic franchise with a new fighting system, game modes, and Fatalities!
Mortal Kombat 1 launches on Sept. 19 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch.