Mortal Kombat X features 25 playable characters at launch – 24 on the disc, and four-armed half-dragon Goro as unlockable DLC. But while the playable roster features a number of classic Kombatants, fans were quick to point out that characters not included in the line-up nonetheless appear as opponents in the game’s story mode. In the game’s opening sequence, for example, Johnny Cage faces off against series long-runner Smoke, who doesn’t appear on the character select screen in any mode.
Playable fighters in Mortal Kombat X feature three variant movesets, while non-playable characters feature just one; but the implication that they are present and have a moveset at all has led many fans querying whether they are being held back for inclusion as part of future as-yet-unannounced DLC bundles.
One industrious modder has been combing over the PC version’s files since NetherRealm’s latest installment was released, and now he’s managed to make unplayable characters in the game’s story mode playable. The modder in question, XVermillion, has published two videos on Youtube that show him playing as Rain, Baraka and Sindel in training mode – all of whom are featured in the game’s story, but aren’t playable as fighters in any of the game’s other modes.
He explained the process in a Reddit post, in which he details how he tweaked the playable character Shinnok to use non-playable character models and movesets.
“What you see is just me playing in training mode with what the game thinks is Shinnok but is using Rain’s model and moveset,” XVermillion said in a post on the thread.
“Tanya doesn’t seem to have any variations, nor does anyone else. Jason doesn’t even work without a CTD and the Predator’s files are just placeholders right now. I’m assuming that they’ll stay PC-only novelties like playable Goro, Kintaro and Shao Khan on MK9 since Ed Boon said all the DLC is announced but I guess we’ll see.”
We asked Mortal Kombat X‘s publisher Warner Bros. if they had any response to the news, and whether they had anything to say regarding speculation that the hacked characters are intended for future DLC offerings.
They politely refused to comment.