Mortal Kombat 1 by NetherRealm, debuting on 19th September, is primed to unveil a reinvented version of the cryptic Lin Kuei assassin, Smoke.
Mortal Kombat 1: Smoke’s Long-Awaited Comeback
The inclusion of this elusive character, enrobed in iconic grey, was unveiled during NetherRealm’s latest Kombat Kast livestream. The session was a visual feast, previewing six new characters preparing to make their debuts in the impending Mortal Kombat 1.
Smoke first appeared, concealed as a hidden character, in the 1993 Mortal Kombat II, and since then, has been a recurrent figure in the franchise for three decades. Whether portrayed as a mortal or a lethal cyborg, Smoke’s affiliation with the Lin Kuei clan remains unwavering. In the novel Mortal Kombat 1 timeline, Scorpion and Sub-Zero stand united as brothers in battle and blood. This fresh dynamic is sure to stir intrigue as we watch the duo interact with their clanmate, Smoke, adding a potential layer of drama.
According to ComicBook.com, the character’s profile on the MK1 official website narrates a starkly different origin story for Smoke. Instead of his earlier cybernetic assassin persona akin to Cyrax and Sektor, Smoke’s new narrative portrays him as an orphan, brought up alongside Sub-Zero and Scorpion after the accidental massacre of his family by the Lin Kuei clan. This tragic backdrop, combined with his family’s slaughter by the hands of the clan, stirs speculation about Smoke morphing into a villain in the Mortal Kombat 1 saga.
Magic and Jealousy: Smoke’s Diverging Path in MK1
While Smoke’s exact part in Mortal Kombat 1 remains shrouded in mystery, his short stint in the recent trailer exudes tension between the silvery-haired assassin and his foster brothers. His bio further elucidates these brewing tensions, stating that Smoke, devoid of any natural supernatural talents like his brothers, embarked on a mission to master ‘practical magic’. This quest for power, coupled with envy towards his brothers, might veer Smoke towards a dark trajectory. While Smoke seems keen on Earthrealm’s defence, his pursuit of magic mastery may render him vulnerable to manipulation against those he pledged to safeguard.
Fans must exercise patience until 19th September to witness Smoke’s fate in Mortal Kombat 1, but can enjoy a sneak peek of the stealthy killer in the game’s freshest trailer. However, those yearning for a completely new experience may want to exercise caution online to avoid potential spoilers before the autumn release of MK1.
Mortal Kombat 1 is set to launch for Windows PC, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X.
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