Unlocking New Lore: Mortal Kombat 1's Upcoming Addition Revamps Traditional Character Dynamics

Unlocking New Lore: Mortal Kombat 1's Upcoming Addition Revamps Traditional Character Dynamics

  • 26 Oct 2023
  • Brett Takken

The latest addition to the Mortal Kombat 1 roster might just be throwing a curveball into the expected character dynamics. With its revolutionary reboot, the Mortal Kombat franchise has established a universe where firm allies were once bitter rivals; notorious villains are now gallant heroes, and everyone else is treading on a path that is eerily familiar yet startlingly distinct.

Our cherished classic, Mortal Kombat 1, is already brimming with fan-approved fighters, enhanced by the inclusion of supplementary Kameo warriors. The folks at NetherRealm have teased us with some of the combatants joining the battlefield through upcoming DLC packs. The new characters making an entry are not just restricted to high-profile entrants like the formidable Omni-Man but also cherished Mortal Kombat characters featuring in these DLC packs. Cue Takeda Takahashi, the distinguished sword-swinging ninja from Mortal Kombat 10.

Takeda, whose presence in Mortal Kombat 11 was mere symbolism and was conspicuously missing from Mortal Kombat 1's main plotline, will finally spring into action in the imminent Kombat Pack 1. However, there could be considerable alterations to his backstory. Recent rumors on Reddit suggest conversational hints pointing towards Takeda having a 'combatant cousin.' A majority suspect this cousin to be Kenshi, aligning with the vague breadcrumbs dropped in these conversations. 

If indeed true, these rumors signal a dramatic shift from the pre-reboot relationship between the two characters. Kenshi and Takeda, who were father and son in the original timeline, will now be portrayed as cousins. There is more change in store for Takeda's character. In Mortal Kombat 10, he was portrayed as a member of the revived Shirai Ryu under Hanzo Hasashi's command. The character of Hanzo has undergone a substantial change in Mortal Kombat 1, transitioning from the iconic Scorpion to a protegee of Kuai Liang, who has now inherited Scorpion's brand rather than being the second Sub-Zero.

In light of these rumors, Takeda is likely to serve under Kuai Liang in Mortal Kombat 1, with family dynamics differing from what fans are accustomed to. With official confirmation still pending, fans speculate that references to Takeda's 'warrior cousin' with a 'cause' hint towards Kenshi's mission to rescue his family from Yakuza influence. Until we receive official confirmation of these revamped ties, fans will have to patiently await Takeda's introduction into Mortal Kombat 1, slated for next summer.