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Van Damme will make his first appearance in the Mortal Kombat franchise, appearing as a skin for Johnny Cage.

It has been three decades in the making, but Jean-Claude Van Damme will finally be appearing in the Mortal Kombat franchise, as series staple Johnny Cage will get a skin based on the Muscles from Brussels.

As per the official Mortal Kombat 1 website, the game’s Kombat Pack expansion will feature “a Johnny Cage character skin with the likeness of famed actor and martial artist, Jean-Claude Van Damme (available at launch).” And yes, pre-orders are now live for those who want to experience JCVD do a split and punch Shang Tsung in the groin.

The upcoming Mortal Kombat game including Jean-Claude Van Damme is a full circle moment for both the series and the actor, as creators Ed Boon and John Tobias were partly inspired by 1988’s Bloodsport, with Johnny Cage being modeled directly after Frank Dux. Midway originally wanted to base the game on JCVD, but they couldn’t convince him to sign up. The game will be released on September 19th,

. The game arrives on September 19th.Whether you’re playing as Johnny Cage as Jean-Claude Van Damme or not, Mortal Kombat 1 is looking to be one of the most innovative games in the entire series, as it “will introduce a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe that has been created by the Fire God Liu Kang, featuring reimagined versions of iconic characters as they’ve never been seen before, along with a new fighting system, game modes, bone krushing finishing moves, and more.”

While the actor/martial artist ended up playing Guile in the 1994 Street Fighter movie, Linden Ashby was cast as Johnny Cage in the 1995 Mortal Kombat

movie. Karl Urban is reportedly in the running to play Cage in this sequel. Would it make you pick up the game if this was announced? Give us your thoughts below!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01qf4p8UY6U

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