Kung Lao returns to Mortal Kombat X as an old man; details on his Tempest, Buzz Saw & Hat Trick variations, new social online features

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • December 31, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. PST

The next Mortal Kombat X character reveal is slated to drop later this week, on January the 2nd in the new year, via an exclusive feature in the new issue of Finnish gaming magazine Pelaaja when it officially hits newsstands.

But copies of the new issue are already shipping out to some newsstands and subscribers, and it looks like some Mortal Kombat fans have been able to get their hands on an early copy.

Thanks to them, we now know that the next character to be revealed will be Kung Lao. NetherRealm Studios is likely to post a full character reveal trailer for the returning (and aged) Shaolin monk -- but for now, enjoy these early images of Mortal Kombat X's Kung Lao:

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AeroGrunt from the Test Your Might forums has also translated loosely some of the noteworthy information from the Finnish magazine's reveal -- including the first details of Kung Lao's three variations, and a new social online feature that encourages players to work together in teams.
He writes:

Mortal Kombat X was featured prominently in the 1/2015 issue of the Finnish gaming magazine "Pelaaja". Inside we got to see a few photos of Kung Lao as well as some new information. Below I have translated some of the information I picked out of the article.

"Unfortunately we couldn't get to play the story mode yet at the studio visit, but the game's story jumps 25 or so years into the future from where MK9 ended. From what we've seen and heard the ruler of the Outworld is now Kotal Khan and Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade have a daughter called Cassie. Even Scorpion has a new Sub Zero to face off against. The biggest question mark right now must be Kung Lao, who has proudly aged and seems to have escaped the last game's ending."

"Good old hat-thrower is how ever fully playable with the rest of the released characters and according to Ed Boon is one of the most diverse fighters in the game. Like the other characters he has three different playable variations, each one bringing new tricks into the gameplay."

"The differences between Kung Lao's Tempest, Buzz Saw and Hat Trick variations happen to be the biggest ones yet. With Tempest Kung Lao uses more spinning attacks and has the ability to set his hat to spin around him as a shield of sorts. In his Buzz Saw variation his hat is sharpened with razor blade edges and allows the player to control his hat throws more. Hat Trick is the most experimental of the three, because you can throw and call back your hat at any point you want. This keeps the opponent on their toes, because the hat can extend combos."

"If bugs or glitches would appear in Mortal Kombat X, it has the same automatic update system from Injustice that allows for hotfixes."

"Ed Boon guarantees, that the online features are much more complex this time around. For example when you start the game you get to choose your own alliance from five different options: Lin Kuei, White Lotus, Brotherhood of Shadows, Special Force and Black Dragon. Basically each team gathers so called "battle points" for their team, which decides how the game's menus look both in single and multiplayer. This way each player contributes to the entirety whether or not you prefer the social aspects or playing by yourself."

"Even more diverse content is promised, for the challenge tower is making it's return. This time around the towers and their challenges change constantly, even by the hour."

Source: Perfect Legend and Test Your Might. Big thanks to KleenexGhost, ZombieBrian, DestinyZX1 and RedEther for sending this in!
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