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The actor is available in-game as a special alternative skin for Johnny Cage, which can be unlocked by players who purchase the title’s Premium Edition.
Boon said the Van Damme DLC was “30 years in the making”, explaining: “When we made the very first game, our intention was to make Van Damme: The Arcade Game.
“We actually wanted to see the words ‘Van Damme’. Bloodsport was big, and so was Universal Soldier, I think.
“So we called his people, and we were like ‘we want to make a game based on Van Damme’, and I don’t know if he declined or just never got to him or something like that.
“But this is, you know, a couple of 20-something-year-old kids who wanted make a video game – I could see how Van Damme would go ‘no, we’re not doing this’.
“So we tried a number of times, going back and forth with him. This time, we hit the lottery, and we got him. We actually have his voice and he’s going to be the Johnny Cage character, and it’s the absolute full circle moment that we had.”
Earlier this week it was also announced that Megan Fox will appear in Mortal Kombat 1 as the face and voice of Nitara.