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!
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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