When you talk about fighting games, one of the most discussed elements is the cast. Everyone wants to know how many characters a game has, which ones from previous installments of the series will come back and how many new ones there will be. Mortal Kombat X Creative Director Ed Boon mentioned in an interview during the latest episode of Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s podcast that those that love new and fresh characters have really nothing to worry about with Netherrealm Studios’ upcoming labor of love.
Boon explained that the development team wants to be aggressive with the cast, and he thinks that (while it’s difficult to think back twenty years) this game is going to introduce more new characters than any other Mortal Kombat game, including the first.
He also mentioned that there are quite a few features that the studio hasn’t unveiled yet:
We have quite a bit more features that we’re kinda biting our tongue, because we want to release more information… Some…It’s just really difficult not talking about it.
The first Mortal Kombat had seven playable characters, plus three that weren’t playable (Shang Tsung, Goro and Reptile). Boon didn’t specify whether he meant “playable” or not, so we can expect either more than seven or ten new characters in Mortal Kombat X. Whichever the case, those are definitely two solid numbers for new entries in a fighting game’s cast.