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Is Kano a playable character in Mortal Kombat X? German magazine may have leaked the Black Dragon leader's return ahead of official reveal

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • August 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. PDT

Kano, leader of the Black Dragon crime cartel in 2011's reboot of Mortal Kombat and who was last seen being frozen by Sub-Zero, may be returning as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X, if these two images -- allegedly from a leaked copy of an unidentified German magazine -- are to be believed.


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If these images are true, then one of Kano's three variations in the game will be Wrestling-Kano, who possesses a Flying Knee special move, according to the German text in one of the images.

Last week, NetherRealm Studios's Ed Boon hinted on Twitter that next week's Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany, would be where we'd get more new information on Mortal Kombat X. Given that we're just a little more than a week away from Gamescom, it might be possible that the information was originally meant to be published in print only after the character had been revealed at Gamescom, but somehow slipped out ahead of embargo.

Alternatively, it could also be possible for Kano to be an exclusive reveal for the magazine, and for Ed Boon's Gamescom reveal to be something else completely different altogether.

Mortal Kombat fans have since notified the series creator on the existence of the leaked images earlier today, but Ed Boon has neither confirmed nor denied if the information was real, choosing instead to respond to other fans' tweets.

Source: @westkoastkilla via Test Your Might. Sent in by MK_Trickylizard. Image credit: abraaolucas.

Comments

LeonHartEX said on August 3, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

Dat Kano Pose

#1
BrightNoa said on August 3, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

What is the absolute deal with that banner?

#2
SadisticSamurai said on August 3, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

Dem NR female character model faces get worst each new game....

Kappa

#3
hoodlum said on August 3, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

Was that thumbnal really necessary.. Goood Dayum.

#4
TheTTimeLives said on August 3, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

I believe it. Though honestly, Kano was one of the characters I hoped wasn't coming back...

#5
tidestick said on August 3, 2014 at 4:17 p.m.

What's up with the gay Kano banner?

#6
BrightNoa said on August 3, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.

You say gay, I say irresistibly alluring.

"I'll show you my black dragon" Oh myyy...

#7
werewolfgold said on August 3, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

What's the matter, guys? That Kano banner making you uncomfortable? lol

#8
SadisticSamurai said on August 3, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

lol, They changed the pic!

#9
KarbyP said on August 3, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

Changed it to something else!

#10
Rocklee77 said on August 3, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

*Spits* No charge! ~Kano

#11
Burnt said on August 3, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

Hate when i miss these quick corrections

#12
Blackoshinomi said on August 3, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Guess I mess something ....?

#13
MK_Trickylizard said on August 3, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

MKX hype!

#14
ChristianDMG said on August 3, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

someone plz send me the old banner link lol

#15
AugustAPC said on August 3, 2014 at 4:44 p.m.

He looks pretty badass in that banner picture. Wrestling Kano... huh. That's definitely new.

Always glad to see vets return. Kano is awesome.

I seriously want MKX to go the route of SF:IV, with periodic expansions that add characters and modes.

I don't want any of the characters from MK9 to be left in the dust. They all deserve to make a return, even if they're not part of the story.

It's tough to let go of characters in fighting games :\.

#16
Yung said on August 3, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

If that's him, he looks like s***.

#17
LeonHartEX said on August 3, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.

Kano was like ,"Quick! Change the channel!" for the picture lol

Serious note, kinda surprised that he's making a return but, it's all good.

#18
LordAkira said on August 3, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

Ed Boon, words of wisdom, the best thing you can do for Kano is buff him. He was Dan Tier in MK9, so I would recommend giving this character the buffs he deserves.

#19
Sanox said on August 3, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

lol what is up with the banner change?

#20
jadeguy said on August 3, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.

If Kano is really in the game that means no Jarek? :(

#21
Dethscythe said on August 3, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

Share a link to the old banner please. Thank you in advance for your high level of customer service. You da Best!

#22
GakoTheChef said on August 3, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.

Why'd they switch it? it's okay to have alluring female characters but it's not okay to put a man in a weird pose?

#23
mustain21 said on August 3, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

Thank you good sir for changing that banner. My retina thanks you as well.

#24
fabfred said on August 3, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

YES!bring back the original cast from part nine then ill be truly satisfied.

#25
BlackOnyxThunder said on August 3, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

Mortal Kombat!!! *theme song*

#26
Koldvlud said on August 3, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.

Holy shnikeys!! My main returns BABAY!!! & I like the new look. Seems like a cross between MK3, MK9er & new school. Can't freakin' wait to be rippin' them hearts out.

#27
BrightNoa said on August 3, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

Screw these high school babies who can't take a joke. Switch the banner back to sexy Kano for the love of God! There was nothing wrong with how awesome and attractive he looked!

#28
SeriphAngel said on August 3, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

What happened to sexy Kano banner?! He was representing!!!! This was is just ugly and has no humor or appeal at all....

#29
Otter_of_Death said on August 3, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.

I don't know about the new design. He looked awesome in his MK3/MK9 primary. Did we need to suck the color out of him? Do fighting games need another character without a shirt? I loved his Billy Mays haircut and beard.

#31
Xykes said on August 3, 2014 at 6:14 p.m.

What happened to sexy Kano banner?

Female characters are shown in similar poses all the time. People should be mature enough to handle the opposite from time to time.

#32
HooliganComboFTW said on August 3, 2014 at 6:47 p.m.

This banner is more relevant to the article though so that was a good reason to change it.

#33
BK said on August 3, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.

Looks like the Wreck it Ralph Kano.

#34
Dedemaru said on August 3, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.

Awesome Awesome Awesome. I'm hype

#35
JesseRobles said on August 3, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

So, it's OK to put female sn@tches, @sses and boobs on the banners for no reason and completely out of their characters, but a simple non-revealing kinda silly picture of a man acting mildly sensual is totally outrageous?

Could've been taken in a funny way as "Kano Revealed?" or something similar.

Sigh... why do I even bother..

#36
Kenshiro said on August 3, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.

Was that it?

That's nothing to get all homophobic about...especially when it doesn't happen that often.

#37
TheMasterPlayer said on August 3, 2014 at 9:48 p.m.

lol! Thanks for the link. That pic really was kinda gay, lol! No need for that here, lol!

#38
Enter4none said on August 3, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

100% Agreed, the banner hot fix and subsequent "just changed it/no homo" post only makes it more dumb.

Stay H8 free Eventhubs and fellow posters.
#Insecurity #YearIs2014

#39
SygBoss said on August 4, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.

Wooooooooow that design is so bland

#40
Teinted_Gene said on August 4, 2014 at 12:29 a.m.

*Slice neck motion and w/ an Aussie accent* "No Charge"

Curious what his role will be in the story. likely will be in the early portions of the game before the time gradually shifts 25 years in the future.

#41
thisguyrighthere said on August 4, 2014 at 2:42 a.m.
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I dont even see the point in any of this.
A recurring character in a game thats known for its bland character design and poor character lineup?

NO WAY!!!

Its not like this POS will be relevant for any longer than a year or so. They are probably better off marketing this vomit to the CoDewritos army.

#42
TrueGamingGuru said on August 4, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

Part of the artwork looks a little weird, but not too bad. I'd prefer to see what is game model is going to look like, I'm looking forward to what MKX has to offer.

@JesseRobles

I think people would complain for pointless to plain stupid reasons. Sure Kano doesn't look one of the best, but it really isn't much of a big deal. Most people are just finding something just because they got nothing to complain about, for whatever reason. All is fair since females have a spotlight, I can see males getting the same spotlight as well. (something I wouldn't be into, but wouldn't make pointless complaints)

#43
punkmafia said on August 4, 2014 at 10:56 p.m.

@thisguyrightthere

Not relevant? Mk9 is still played in tournaments even now. So you think no one will play this after a year? You clearly don't know what you are talking about.

Badly designed characters? How many shotos do you need? How many can can wake up dp into ultra? Yawn.

Gtfo

#44


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