Takahashi Takeda Cracks the Whip in Mortal Kombat 1 DLC Trailer
The next generation kombatant is back!

Takahashi Takeda is back! The official gameplay trailer for Mortal Kombat 1's next downloadable character is here -- and the whip cracking warrior is in fine form as he enters the fray against a new era of kombatants. Take a closer look at the final fighter coming to the first Kombat Pack:

Exactly how and why the son of Kenshi factors in to an era that hasn't progressed to his generation yet remains to be seen, but being born is the last thing on anybody's mind when he's busy getting the opposition dead! MK1's Takeda hasn't missed a beat, getting back in to the swing of things with an arsenal of razor-tipped ranged attacks and more!

Takeda will be available in early access starting July 23rd for Premium Kombat Pack players, with a playable demo also available for hands-on experience at the upcoming Evo World Championship. Kameo Fighter Ferra will also make her debut after being delayed for quality control reasons.

Takeda & Ferra close out the first MK1 Kombat Pack cycle of downloadable content, but the developer will unveil plans for more characters and story content during the More Kombat MK1 Year 2 panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

What do you think of the return gameplay for Takeda? Do you think he will factor in to the next chapter in the story? Share your thoughts & reactions in the comments below and extend your reach with the Mortal Kombat 1 discussion category!

Ed Boon & John Tobias to Attend Mortal Kombat Reunion Panel
Special event reunites legendary creators & more!

It's not often that we get to see Mortal Kombat co-creators Ed Boon and John Tobias together in the public eye, but the legendary development duo will be among the headlining guests at the upcoming Mortal Kombat Reunion Panel! It's being billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event and it's in support of the Raiden Science Foundation. Read on for details & how you can get involved:

The Mortal Kombat Reunion Panel will be one of the major attractions at the weekend Cleveland Gaming Classic taking place September 20-22nd at the IX Center. Also attending the panel will be the digitized royalty of Kerri Hoskins (MK3 Sonya Blade) and Sal Divita (MK3 Nightwolf, Cyrax, Sektor & Smoke), with Mortal Kombat Online's own official podcast, The Realm Kast, co-hosting.

Tickets for the Classic start at $25 for Friday Preview Night and Sunday General Admission, with children under age 10 (accompanied by an adult) admitted free. Saturday will set you back $30, or you can go for a $60 3-Day Weekend Pass. You can book at GameCleveland.com, but you may want to wait for more details before deciding: a special Limited Mortal Kombat Experience will be available in addition to the panel -- date & details for all to be announced soon.

Money raised from the experience will go to the Raiden Science Foundation, contributing to life-saving medical research at UMass Chan Medical School, to find treatments for the UBA5 genetic disorder, which has afflicted charity starter Linda and Tommy Pham's 3 year old son, Raiden. Previous fundraisers have included exclusive Mortal Kombat memorabilia, and raised $2,761 at a recent Great Oaks Tavern event beginning the push to $50,000.

The Cleveland Gaming Classic is all about video games and your pass will also gain you unlimited access to 50 arcade games, 50 pinball machines, 50 retro video game consoles, the legendary BattleTech pods, and a LAN PC Party -- no quarters required! So after the MK Reunion Panel you can game to your heart's content!

Will you be in Cleveland in September? Should it be renamed Kleaveland in honor of the rare MK reunion? Tell us all about your plans in the comments below and reminisce about your favourite arcade memories in the 2D Kombat Klassics category!

Free Golden Boy Johnny Cage Skin Now in Mortal Kombat 1
Save your $500 for glasses!

Looking for a reason to dive back in to Mortal Kombat 1? July is shaping up to be a big month for MK1 and it's already started with a free, shiny golden Johnny Cage skin yours to wear right now! Take a sneak peek:

Johnny wears his best golden jacket in the Golden Boy Johnny Cage skin, which can be unlocked completely for free right now -- just check your inventory!

Johnny has been a steady presence in the games, featuring once again from the very first chapter of the new era of Mortal Kombat 1, but there's more reasons to be excited about the golden boy. He featured as the star attraction of last year's Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match animated movie, and will be a major player in the upcoming live-action Mortal Kombat movie sequel!

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Will we be seeing more from Johnny this month? Mortal Kombat 1 will present a Year 2 panel from San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks. Has the Golden Boy piqued your interest? Share your thoughts about the free unlock in the comments below and style & profile in the Mortal Kombat 1 category.

Mortal Kombat 1 Year 2 San Diego Comic-Con Panel Announced
The next chapter awaits.

It's been a year since Mortal Kombat 1 revealed the characters in its first DLC Kombat Pack and it looks like there could be similar revelations ahead as they return to this year's San Diego Comic-Con for the Mortal Kombat 1 - Year 2 convention panel. Read on for details:

Friday, July 26th will see NetherRealm Studios return to SDCC for a special Year 2 presentation for the most recent installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise. It will roughly coincide with Takeda early access, and MK's return to the Evo World Championship -- which saw a slight uptick in overall signups.

Update: The panel is officially scheduled to begin at 2:00PM PDT and run for an hour, with Ed Boon joined by voice actors Erika Ishii and Kaiji Tang (MK1 Sub-Zero), with NetherRealm Studios Cinematic Development Director Marty Stoltz and, Principal Cinematic Artist Joshua Slingerland on hand to discuss "continuing story, future fighters, and new game features" coming to MK1.

Chief Creative Officer and general ambassador for the series, Ed Boon, has shared extensive plans for short term fixes with the Takeda update, including gameplay updates boasting buffs for characters like Nitara, Li Mei, Quan Chi, and Scorpion, improvement buffs for Frost, Scorpion, Sektor, Cyrax, and Goro Kameo Fighters, and various other improvements.

Although no official announcements have been made, the Year 2 presentation is also expected to elaborate more on future downloadable content characters, and a previously confirmed Story Mode addition, which will reportedly precede another big surprise.

What are you hoping to see from the Year 2 panel and its announcements? Share your speculation and thoughts in the comments below. Dive deeper into discussion with the Mortal Kombat 1 category.

Street Fighter 6 Director Positive About Mortal Kombat Guest Character
A fan-favourite garners warm response from rival developer.

Will they, or won't they? It's been a question asked by Mortal Kombat fans for many years now, escalating discussions well beyond the old arcade fantasy fights -- and although Street Fighter 6 Director Takayuki Nakayama isn't making any promises -- he has expressed his interest in the possible benefits of incorporating a crossover kombatant into his own game. It presents new hope for fans angling for a showdown, but it isn't the first time an idea like it has been proposed to the developer. Read on for the whole gory tale:

In an interview with VG247, Nakayama expressed positivity towards the phenomenon of wild fan requests inspired by the recent announcement of Street Fighter 6's Year 2 downloadable content. Among the additions will be two characters from the rival Fatal Fury and King of Fighters franchises: Terry Bogard and Mai Shiranui. For Nakayama, the request for a Mortal Kombat guest presents a larger philosophical gain:

I don't see it as a negative! In fact, like you just mentioned... What about Sub-Zero? Well, there may well be Street Fighter 6 players who aren't as familiar with the Mortal Kombat IP. So if the goal is to get more people interested in fighting games in general, and a crossover like that gets people talking about which characters should cross over...

I mean, obviously I can't make any promises. But the fact that we're having this conversation just means that more and more people are getting interested. There is a chance for the fighting game community to reach a whole new audience - so we see it as a positive thing, and we encourage that kind of discussion and comments.

This isn't the first time a prospective crossover between Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter has been seriously discussed. In fact, it isn't even the first time a guest character has been floated. Previous Street Fighter director Yoshinori Ono revealed that Capcom rejected a proposal for an inclusion in Mortal Kombat 11. Every aspect of the scenario calls to recollections of the past, which may have informed Nakayama's perspective.

In the nineteen-nineties MK and SF battled for dominion over arcades and consoles in various regions around the world, but much less so in Japan. Never the less, drawing inspirations from popular martial arts movies and tropes of the genre, their international fighting tournament casts drew natural comparison upon the debut of Mortal Kombat - a year after Street Fighter II revolutionized the genre.

In the mid-nineties the battle continued on magazine covers, and went to the big screen, with MK scoring a moral victory in the adaptation from game sprites to live-action. Capcom's Street Fighter series got ahead of the game in slumping years however, pioneering inter-company crossovers with the hugely successful Capcom vs SNK and Capcom vs Marvel series. The latter was just announced to receive a long awaited collection for modern consoles later this year, while the former is the savory basis for the return of Terry and Mai to Street Fighter's hallowed grounds.

After a lackluster also-ran crossover with the DC Universe coincided with the end of parent developer Midway Games; Mortal Kombat found its own gimmick by incorporating God of War's Kratos and horror icon Freddy Krueger into a 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot. The decision to include guest characters changed the game forevermore, tapping in to a growing pop culture trend of profitably mining existing properties for unexpected crossovers. A trend that has reached other prominent series, such as Tekken, and become a pillar of every subsequent NetherRealm Studios game, most recently MK1's superhero-stuffed Kombat Pack.

Street Fighter 6 marks the first time the Japanese series will include inter-company guests into a mainline entry. 2012's Street Fighter x Tekken included unrelated additions, such as main characters from Sony's Infamous and Doko Demo Issyo, while previous installments, like the Street Fighter Alpha series, have created connections with other Capcom franchises, most notably Final Fight.

A return to SNK fighters is a soft entry point for Street Fighter to finally dabble in muddying its waters. Year 1 DLC character Akuma previously met with another SNK character, Geese Howard, and Negan from The Walking Dead, in Tekken 7. Which in turn could finally see channels open between SF and Mortal Kombat as well. An encounter MKvsDC producer Hector Sanchez described as an inevitability in 2010, and drew support from Capcom's VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development, that same year.

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With its much quicker and loose embracing of the crossover guest fighter fad, Tekken seemed the more likely franchise to exchange a Mortal Kombat character. Like his contemporary, Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada expressed interest in Sub-Zero in 2021, also including Raiden in his prospective wishlist.

Which characters would you most like to see make the leap from Mortal Kombat to Street Fighter - or vice versa? What do you think about the guest character phenomenon reaching Street Fighter? Share your thoughts in the comments below and contemplate more from MK's future in the Future Mortal Kombat category. Or just stay right here & now with Mortal Kombat 1.

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