Mortal Kombat 1 Gets Quan-Chi Reveal; Ed Boon Hints At “Big Surprise”

The character arrives in early access on December 14.

Story Highlights

  • Mortal Kombat 1 is the next iteration in the long-running Mortal Kombat franchise.
  • Another character from the title’s Kombat Pack has now been unveiled, Quan-Chi.
  • Ed Boon, in other news, speaks of a “big surprise” coming to the title in the future. 

Mortal Kombat 1 is about to unlock another character from its Kombat Pack DLC—a potent necromancer and a highly prominent antagonist in the Mortal Kombat franchise, Quan-Chi. The reveal was posted earlier on YouTube, showcasing his fight moves, skills, and a ruthless Fatality that flat-out slices the other guy up. Quan-Chi is coming to the title on December 14 in early access, with the full release arriving a week later.  

YouTube video

It isn’t just Quan-Chi that was shown off during the reveal trailer, though. Seemingly, another character is joining Mortal Kombat 1’s Kameo roster, a ferocious Umgadi ninja with color-swapping abilities, thus the name Khameleon. For those not in the know, the game in question features a novel functionality called Kameo Fighters. This is an assist system that offers the player fight support mid-battle.

Kameo Fighters aren’t playable, and can only be utilized in this manner, just so you know. Before a fight begins, the player can choose the Kameo Fighter of their liking at will. Mortal Kombat 1 has 15 Kameo Fighters to date, with more incoming as part of the Kombat Pack, including Mavado, Tremor, and more. Surprisingly, Johnny Cage is both playable and listed as a Kameo Fighter, thereby hinting at an upcoming alt version of his. 

Mortal Kombat 1 Kombat Pack
Mortal Kombat 1 Kombat Pack

Furthermore, it bears mentioning that the Quan-Chi reveal video has also teased Peacemaker right at the very end, thereby insinuating that the anti-hero’s number is up next to make landfall for Mortal Kombat 1. From what we’ve seen so far, it sounds like John Cena — the man himself from the DC’s Peacemaker show — is reprising his role as the character. 

Peacemaker in Mortal Kombat 1
Peacemaker in Mortal Kombat 1

As for the Kombat Pack DLC itself, this is the first added character collection Mortal Kombat 1 has received or is about to, for that matter, and another one is rumored to be in the works as well. It encompasses big names, such as Omni-Man from The Invincible, The Boys’ Homelander, and Peacemaker as well. Now that Quan-Chi is here, we’ve got Ermac and Takahashi Takeda left to arrive. 

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On a side note, another interesting revelation has popped up in recent times. Game Director Ed Boon appeared on a panel at a Brazillian convention lately, claiming that a “big surprise” is coming for Mortal Kombat 1 when asked what fans can expect from the franchise in the next few years.

Upon hearing the words straight out of the horse’s mouth, fans speculate that this aforementioned “big surprise” could be a brand-new game mode. Some are even of the opinion that the long-forgotten classic Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks will be getting remade inside Mortal Kombat 1. Being a huge fan of that game, this is going to send waves across the fighting game community. 

Well, just like we did with Mortal Kombat 11, we’re going to release a second part with more story, and we have a big surprise after that. So, we’re going to be supporting the game for even longer than we did with Mortal Kombat 11, so it’s going to be fun.” 

Mortal Kombat 1 came out on September 19, 2023, for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. eXputer reviewed the fighter title and rated it 4.5/5, with Asad Ahmed remarking, “Mortal Kombat 1 is a triumphant return to form for the franchise, and it’s the most innovative the series has felt in well over a decade.” 

If you’re a new player, here’s our freshly updated Mortal Kombat 1 tier list that ranks all fighters and clarifies the ranking order for the game’s roster. 

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