Mortal Kombat X introduces series-first gay character

Before Mortal Kombat X was released this week, the only thing we knew about new character Kung Jin was that he was the younger cousin of long-time MK character Kung Lao. Now, we know something else about him – he’s the first gay character to be introduced to the fighting game.

Kung Jin, an archer, is a former thief and a member of the Special Forces Unit featured heavily in the new game. He’s also a closeted gay man, as is revealed in one of the flashbacks featured in the Mortal Kombat X story mode. In Chapter 4, Kung Jin is questioned by series veteran Raiden about why he has not joined the Shaolin monks like his cousin.

When Kung Jin replies, “I can’t… They won’t accept,” Raiden responds:

They care only of what is in your heart, not whom your heart desires.

This single line prompted an excited response from fans, who quickly took to Twitter to discuss Kung Jin’s sexuality. While developer NetherRealm has not made any formal, official statement on the topic, the game’s cinematic director Dominic Ciancialo has replied to the internet buzz:

I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin’s flashback. Glad we have observant fans!

…and if that was also too subtle, when asked outright “Is Kung Jin gay?”, Ciancialo replied simply: Yes.

Mortal Kombat X is available now for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and iOS, with Xbox One and PS3 versions to follow later this year. Our multiplayer review will be featured on Player Attack tomorrow night!

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