The latest Mortal Kombat 1 Banished trailer is all about the return of some classic characters with Reptile, Ashrah, and Havik. All three are seeing some big changes, especially the latter two, who are finally returning as playable characters for the first time in nearly two decades.
Mortal Kombat 1 Reptile Trailer: The Best of Both Worlds
After 26 years of games and films portraying Reptile as an anthropomorphic lizard, the original green-clad ninja is back with a relatively human appearance. That is until he transforms into a giant hulking lizard mid-combo. It feels like a great representation of the character’s history and a nice compromise for fans who have preferences on what he should look like.
Gameplay-wise, he still has many staple attacks, including his forceball, slide, and invisibility. His transformation appears to come into visual play during many of his specials as well as his more cinematic attacks.
Mortal Kombat 1 Ashrah Reveal Highlights
The bigger reveals of the trailer are undoubtedly the return of Ashrah and Havik. These 3D-era fighters haven’t been playable since 2006’s Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Ashrah remains a demon who has decided to fight against her own people as well as all evil. Although dressed in all white again, she herself looks more in line with what you’d expect a demon from the Netherealm to look like.
Her moves consist of graceful sword swings and holy-like energy. Something interesting to note is that while she utilizes a variety of holy attacks, the second half of the trailer does show a purple glow from her sword which looks a lot less pure.
Mortal Kombat 1 Ushers in Chaos with Havik
Havik, meanwhile, still hails from the underrepresented Chaosrealm in Mortal Kombat 1. He now sports a more gruesome appearance between the ripped face and hints of his skull seen, in comparison to his original, which looks a bit cheesy in retrospect.
His gameplay certainly matches his home’s namesake too. The trailer shows him self-mutilating in some pretty inventive manners, such as ripping his arm off to beat you with it or twisting his upper body in a manner that no human should ever try. We also saw him paired with a Kameo fighter version of Sareena, who finally shows off her demon form for the first time.
These Mortal Kombat 1 reveals have continued to release at a nice pace. With popular fighters from the original trilogy returning alongside those from entries less-than-warmly received, there’s no telling who might be next. We’ll be here to cover any more reveals as the game’s September 19 release date approaches for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.