Date: October 11, 2023
By Hanna Rose
The story mode version of Quan Chi has been made playable by modders, and he appears to be based on MK11’s Shang Tsung.
Ermac and Quan Chi, two central characters in the Mortal Kombat 1 storyline, are conspicuously absent from the playable roster. Players encounter them numerous times during the game’s story mode, but accessing them as playable characters requires waiting for upcoming paid DLC.
Nevertheless, modders have been hard at work, successfully making these characters accessible. Towards the end of September, a modder known as ermaccer enabled Ermac to become a playable character, and now, they have achieved the same for Quan Chi.
This breakthrough was showcased in a video by tgtkai, who not only demonstrated gameplay with Quan Chi but also with other story characters like the Tarkatan experiments. Playing as these characters firsthand reveals that they are not fully polished, which explains their absence from the initial roster.
Ermac borrows elements from Noob’s stance and kombos from Mortal Kombat 11, while Quan Chi seems to draw inspiration from Shang Tsung.
Ermaccer’s mod, known as MK1Hook, is responsible for this feat. It removes the 30fps lock from supermoves, intros, and menus, introduces a speed modifier, and allows players to freely manipulate the camera.
However, the standout feature is the “character modifier” component of MK1Hook, which enables players to take on the roles of non-playable characters from other modes.
As these characters are evidently unfinished, they lack the ability to execute fatal blows. The story mode versions of Quan Chi and Ermac were not designed for player use, as affirmed by modders. Nevertheless, an updated version of these characters will be part of the first Kombat Pack, a plan disclosed even before Mortal Kombat 1’s launch in July of this year. This expansion will also include Homelander, Takeda, Omni-Man, and Peacemaker.
In previous iterations of the game, characters were typically sold individually, and the same could be expected here. Pricing details, however, remain undisclosed. In Mortal Kombat 11, individual characters were sold for £4.99, while Kombat Packs were priced at £15.99. Mortal Kombat X offered characters for £4.49. The cost structure may remain consistent with previous releases or see an increase.
Ermaccer has not limited their modding endeavors to this accomplishment alone. At the beginning of October, they introduced a way to play Mortal Kombat 1 in a first-person perspective. While it provides a unique experience, it may prove nauseating, particularly during the close-up view of gruesome Fatalities.
For those who prefer the standard gameplay view, these mods offer an entertaining diversion while awaiting the release of the first DLC wave. Unfortunately, the exact release date for the DLC, featuring Ermac and Quan Chi as fully integrated characters, remains uncertain. Players can only hope that these beloved characters will join the Mortal Kombat roster in the near future.
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