Mortal Kombat X was released on April 14th to much fanfare (and rightfully so), but some of the big news surrounding it is that, for the first time in the MK franchise, there is a gay man fighting for Earthrealm — and his name is Kung Jin.
Gay Star News was the first outlet to catch the word on this new character during an in-game cutscene conversation between himself and Raiden, with Raiden telling Jin that ““Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up,” and later — when Raiden tries to get Kung Jin to follow in his cousin Kung Lao’s footsteps and become a warrior monk — Jin tells Raiden that he can’t because “‘they’ won’t accept him.” Raiden kindly answers, “They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires.”
NetherRealm’s cinematic director confirmed Jin’s sexuality on Twitter by saying “I see people are picking up on the subtle exposition contained in Kung Jin’s flashback. Glad we have observant fans!”
And like the nature of a gamer, they’ve let their views be known:
If Kung Jin is gay: awesome If Kung Jin isn't gay: awesome Best part: his sexual situation isn't even a part of his personality/design.
— (エ) (@MINUSTHEFIGHTER) April 7, 2015
@domcianciolo I loved it. Kung Jin easily rose to my Top 10 favorites after story. I don't know where to begin! And about that tailor…
— Raiden (@Dark_Raiden) April 14, 2015
If you don’t own MKX and would like to see said cutscene, the gang at Kotaku have done all the heavy lifting so that you can the scene unfold for yourself. If you own the game and have already played through the campaign — like I know some of you darlings have by now — let us know YOUR thoughts on Kung Jin!
Be sure to check out our full review for Mortal Kombat X early next week!
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