Thunder God Raiden Revealed for Mortal Kombat X

Raiden returns in Mortal Kombat X, but how do his three new fighting styles handle? We talk with developer NetherRealm's Studio's Ed Boon to find out.

Thunder take you!

In a shocking turn of events, Raiden has been revealed as the latest addition to Mortal Kombat X's roster. Ed Boon, creative director at developer NetherRealm Studios, announced the thunder god's return with a new trailer at the Evolution Championship Series in Las Vegas.

The trailer itself highlighted the three different fighting styles Raiden will have access to in the game. Each of Mortal Kombat X's characters will have the option of choosing from three fighting styles at the start of a match, and will be locked into that style until the match is over. Boon described Raiden's three styles as such:

Thunder God. The first style shown focuses on flashy combos that incorporate several electric blasts. This makes Raiden more of an in-your-face sort of fighter as he needs to get in close to his opponent to deal serious damage.

Displacer. Raiden's second style is all about tricks and teleportation. He can move all around the screen this way to quickly avoid enemy attacks and projectiles. He can also incorporate teleports into his combos.

Storm Lord. The final style shown for Raiden is centered around traps. In this style, Raiden has the ability to place lighting orbs on the screen. When Raiden is standing between two orbs, he can use a lighting attack to activate them, thus creating a bolt of lighting between the two that stuns opponents on contact. This style is much more indirect than the other two.

Of course, there are some moves, such as Raiden's classic flying tackle, that are shared between all three styles. Outside of Raiden's moveset, Boon wasn't ready to go into specifics about the thunder god's place in this new Mortal Kombat's plot, other than to say that he is still trying to fight the good fight. Mortal Kombat X is a follow-up to 2011's Mortal Kombat, and you can read our early impressions of the game here.

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125 comments
Slagar
Slagar

This is OT but, I just heard that Marvel are making Thor into a woman. 

... So... Chris Hemsworth confirmed for another sequel then?

resh_aykut
resh_aykut

Why cant we use all fighting styles together ?  Isnt that bad .. 

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

MK and Injustice have always been meh to me, although I don't play any other type of fight games except 2D, on the other hand, Killer Instinct is the new fight game I am going to stick with.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

If you look at the character select screen from some of the demos you can make out the silhouettes of some of the characters.  I wonder if anyone has made a list of them......looks like Liu Kang will be in it, maybe 2 other ninjas....hard to tell, but some could be noteworthy.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

Raiden's alternate costume in MK 9 was totally badass, I wish they'd give him that look going forward.  His white ensemble has always looked out of place in the MK universe.  Hopefully all these options don't make it impossible for all but the hardcore to memorize movesets.

jack00
jack00

The more complexe a fighting game is, the less fu it is to play. Keep it simple NR.

P.S. Those x-ray moves are fuking stupid, shove a giant knife in a dudes throat, spin his head 180, keeps fighting, yea right.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

A game changer!!!!! But will it have anyone besides Sub Zero Scorpion and Raiden to fight with? May not sell well unless they add a fourth Kombatant.

christiaan1996
christiaan1996

Wish classics like Goro, Kintaro, Shao Kahn, Ermac, Blaze etc...were in the game...

Deano
Deano

can't believe they are still flogging the MK franchise, each game is barely any different to the last, it's like the yearly madden game that gets released, the series just needs to die.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

In other news, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is confirmed to have guns.

J-007
J-007

I seriously like the style, good enough engine...more Mortal Kombat style the way it should be. Perhaps a bit more gore is necessary

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

Am I reading this wrong or did I miss something?


Why is it news that Raiden is in the game?


He's been in all the MK games, as far as I know, in one form or another.

snessnes
snessnes

yes Yes yES YEEEESSSSSS!!!!  i hope mortal kombat will not lose its quality that earn back in mk9.. i hope ED BOON  will not ruin this serie just lakike TEKKEN.. 


and we still need shaolin monks 2.. :D

vadagar1
vadagar1

the finishing move needs more gore :D

omar_q
omar_q

Ah yes Raiden, I used to just constantly teleport behind people thinking I was good. 

kuda001
kuda001

"In a shocking turn of events"... lol.


Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Now that's what I call an "eye opening" reveal... eh, EH?


Seriously though, that was badass. I wish it was more dramatic and story oriented but the gameplay (Especially 3rd variation) as solid and the fatality was sick, over the top and awesome.

imajinn
imajinn

@fgjnfgh MK 2011 was 2d fighting. KI is 2d fighting. I don't get quite what your saying.

imajinn
imajinn

@jack00 I notice you have CT as your avatar. You do realize the new KI has a more complex system than MK does, yes? 

intotheminx
intotheminx

@jack00 I don't think it will be too complex. Character variations are for people that are character loyalist. Having different variations for each character can help counter instead of selecting a different fighter altogether. Also, it's a video game...hardly anything is "real" about video games lol.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@jack00  You just criticized the level of realism in a game about thunder gods, reptilian ninjas, and a guy with a flaming skull for a head.  The Itchy & Scratchy levels of violence are what make it Mortal Kombat.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

@christiaan1996  I'd actually prefer Shao Kahn be gone for a game, I'm sick of him always being the final cheap boss at the top of the ladder.

imajinn
imajinn

@Deano You mean kinda like Street Fighter? The same can be said for many franchises. You just don't like MK. Tell it like it is.

intotheminx
intotheminx

@Deano I've been playing MK since I was a kid(MKII on Genesis) and I can assure you each MK is vastly different than it's previous iteration. You should actually play a few MK games before you come to such a outlandish conclusion. Also, the last MK game sold more than any other game in the series. I expect MKX to sell even more if the view count to the videos are any indication.

OniLordAsmodeus
OniLordAsmodeus

@Deano What?  Have you even played the MK series?  Just because the box art says "Mortal Kombat" on the front, doesn't mean its the same game.  This isn't Street Fighter you know.

ronan32
ronan32

@Deano  because people like the games. get over yourself

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@Dragon_Nexus Seriously. Was anyone surprised by this? I'd be more interested in finding out which classic characters haven't made the cut. Or more about all new characters.

imajinn
imajinn

@J-007 You obviously have not seen one of Scorpions new fatalities. You will not be let down.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@J-007 More gore? This is already shaping up to be the goriest Mortal Kombat we've ever seen based on all that they've shown so far.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@jZangetsu21 he wasn't in 3 


also, it's good to know whom from the previous games will show up


I think they are trying to do what Nintendo is doing with Super Smash, announce a new fighter every now and then

Richie_Kotzev
Richie_Kotzev

@snessnes it already lost it's quality by revealing new characters and keeping classics out of the game. the platforms are powerful, there's no reason to not make a game will all the previous characters and introducing new ones too. and you are right, we do need shaolin monks 2!

smaddeus
smaddeus

@omar_q Same with Scorpion...just randomly fly from one screen side and jump out from the other...doing it many times thinking you're the pro...thinking that you are confusing enemy, when you actually just being stupid jumper and did nothing that whole time :D just time dragging option just in case when you are in big trouble :D

lpool8
lpool8

@PhoenixRush i was just about to say did he die or something in the last one otherwise the only shock was that they even needed to anounce him

J-007
J-007

@imajinn @J-007 I shall wait and see, I trust we won't be let down. Keep the classic feel otherwise this will be ripped apart..hint hint

devilscry
devilscry

@gokartmozart89 @J-007 yea agreed, i'm kinda starting to feel its actually toeing the line if not going over it concerning gore. Especially if you've seen Scorpions unedited fatality....that was a bit disturbing.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@bu3aDeL_Maz  He wasn't in one of the many, many MK games.  The overwhelming odds are that he'd be in the game.

RevLux
RevLux

@bu3aDeL_Maz  Exactly, it's a tried and true way to keep the hype going for fighting games. Announce a character every few weeks or so to keep your prospective consumers enthralled up until launch.

imajinn
imajinn

@Richie_Kotzev @snessnes Play MK 2011 storyline. It will make much more sense. As for re-re-re-re-rehasing old scharacters. No thanks. I love the direction this is going. Only those that survived MK 2011 should return.

Richie_Kotzev
Richie_Kotzev

@imajinn @Richie_Kotzev @snessnes it is not clear for now whether this mortal kombat is following mk9's chronology. besides, do you like the new characters showed so far? a cheap copy of ogre from tekken, a big guy with a kid on his back and a bee woman? seriously...

smaddeus
smaddeus

@xbrosirisx I think you read it as "shocking event" joke...cause you know...it's a Raiden...it's usually very "shocking" to an enemy.

Anyway, they talk about how people reacted, like it's some sort of a shock/surprise that Raiden got revealed as a available character for fighting, but it's not that shocking/surprising to scream and make a fuzz about it, cause it's not like he died previously or anything, that it's not a big surprise that he is going to be in every MK part, just like Scorpion and Sub-Zero...persons that wont be taken away, cause those are icons of MK series/franchise.