One of Netherrealm Studios' main goals with Fujin in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's story was to differentiate him from Raiden by humbling him

Raiden and Fujin had different methods to convert Jax in the two separate timelines

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 1, 2020 at 7:29 p.m. PDT | Comments: 6

Shang Tsung, Fujin, and Nightwolf ended up being the main stars of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's story DLC. Up until his release as a DLC fighter, Fujin had only been playable in Mortal Kombat 4 (Gold) and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

Aside from that, Fujin also served as a boss in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and had cameo appearances in other titles like Mortal Kombat X. As such, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath provided fans with a look at a more developed characterization for Fujin.

Recently, GameSpot had the opportunity to interview Dominic Cianciolo, NetherRealm Studios story and voice-over director for Mortal Kombat 11. Cianciolo gave insight on the direction that they went with in regards to Fujin and the story of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath.

"Our challenger here was differentiating Fujin from Raiden," stated Cianciolo. "How do we make sure these two protectors of Earthrealm, these two gods, don't feel like the same person?"

While Raiden is known as the God of Thunder, Fujin is referred to as the God of Wind. It's also worth mentioning that Raiden and Fujin are brothers.

"That's when we decided to shape Fujin in a more relatable way," continued Cianciolo. "Somebody who is less aloof. Someone who is more in tune with humanity, perhaps in a way that Raiden isn't and someone who is more accessible."

As a result of Fujin's involvement in Aftermath's plot, present day Jax ended up being recruited back to Earthrealm's side much earlier compared to Mortal Kombat 11's original timeline.

In the cutscenes, Fujin offered a defeated Jax a helping hand. However, Kronika's promise of a new timeline where Jax doesn't suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and where Jacqui never has to endure the hardships of war caused him to hesitate.

Jax was certain that Fujin wouldn't understand because he was a god. Despite this, Fujin was eventually able to appeal to Jax's humanity through empathy and convert him back to the side of Earthrealm.

"You know the only time Raiden and I ever fought? When I left the Sky Temple to live among humans," said Fujin. "Warriors like you and I, we are strengthened by sentiment. We do not fight to kill enemies. We fight to protect our loved ones. That is why it cuts so deeply when we fail."

The original timeline of Mortal Kombat 11 had Raiden appeal to Jax with a more logical argument. Raiden was ultimately able to help Jax deduce Kronika's true plans for her "New Era" and was able to convince him that his interests conflicted with Kronika's.

"Kronika's promises to you are a cruel deception," said a victorious Raiden over Jax. "She is the mother of Shinnok, the architect of your Revenant enslavement. Cetrion is Shinnok's sister. In Kronika's New Era, Shinnok will be the darkness to balance Cetrion's light."

As noted by Cianciolo in the video, Raiden is seen standing over Jax during the original scene while Fujin kneels down to bring himself down to Jax's level in a more humble manner. This was done intentionally to reflect the differences between the two brothers' methods.

Needless to say, Fujin's character has been expanded upon more so than ever before with the release of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's story.

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