It was announced back in August that Arnold Schwarzenegger would join the playable cast of NetherRealm’s wildly successful Mortal Kombat 11 as a DLC fighter. Not Arnold as himself (though that would be cool as hell), but Arnold as the T-800 Terminator, the titular character from James Cameron’s sci-fi action franchise. Now we finally have our first footage of the T-800 in action, and it is as devastating as it is surreal.
The recent Mortal Kombat games have been host to a ton of iconic cinema characters. We’ve seen Jason from Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street, and even Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But none of these slasher film legends feel quite as insane duking it out in the Mortal Kombat tournament as the lumbering, grizzled visage of actor-turned-governor-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Though the character isn’t voiced by the famous actor, the likeness is spot-on, and as real-life actors like Ronda Rousey, Jon Bernthal, Terry Crews, and dozens more continue to work on video games year after year, the line between Hollywood acting and video game performance is blurring more than ever. With Schwarzenegger in the mix, there’s no telling which legendary film actor could be added to a game next.
It looks like the T-800 plays a bit like a heavy in Mortal Kombat 11. He’s got slow-moving, sledgehammer-like attacks, relying on brute force rather than swift maneuvers. But the T-800 seems particularly unique as a character because he comes with a powerful projectile: his famous shotgun from Terminator 2. Also, it seems that NetherRealm has given the T-800 a grenade projectile, so putting some distance between you and your opponent should be pretty easy with ol’ Arnie.
NetherRealm has always been keen on paying meticulous attention to detail for the DLC guest characters in their roster. For The Terminator, it looks like we’re getting some expected callbacks to the film franchise. For instance, when the character is dealt with a “Crushing Blow,” the camera zooms in to show the T-800’s metal exo-skeleton. That’s a nice touch. Even more interesting is when Arnold is lit on fire by Scorpion later in the trailer. Instead of just burning up like a regular character, the T-800’s human exterior melts off, and he becomes the full-on spooky metallic skeleton that has been stalking (and saving) Sarah Connor for years on end. Very nice touch.
To cap it all off, the iconic Sonya Blade character in the game (who is played by Ronda Rousey), is getting a Sarah Connor DLC costume along with the T-800. So yes, you can finally beat the shit out of the T-800 as Earth’s last remaining hope against the Skynet apocalypse. Now, if we could only get some Robocop DLC for the game…
The Terminator will be available for early access on October 8. Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.