Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon pranks fans of the long-time video game fighting franchise by releasing a trailer of character favorite Kung Lao. By trailer, though, this doesn’t mean a sneak peak video snippet, but rather, a trailer, as in the vehicle that you hitch behind your car.

After news leaked that the character Kung Lao will appear for the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, fans immediately began enquiring to Boon whether the rumors were true. In response, Boon promised fans he would release what he described as a “Kung Lao trailer” to put the question to rest. It turns out, the trailer was a vehicle trailer with an image of Kung Lao on the side. Not surprisingly, some fans were not pleased with the attempt at humor, though several others agreed that it was pretty clever.

Kung Lao’s possible return to the franchise would be somewhat of a surprise given that his character was killed off (along with most of the character roster) in the previous installment. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time a character who was killed off was brought back to life. Liu Kang, the series’ lead character, was previously killed off in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. However, he was brought back in zombie form in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

Since his inception back in Mortal Kombat 2, Kung Lao has been a series favorite and was loved for his razor-sharp head gear which he deploys as one of his signature moves in the form of a projectile. He was originally viewed more as Liu Kang’s sidekick but eventually given more attention as a character who stood out on his own. Kung Lao was even the lead character in the short-lived television series Mortal Kombat: Konquest, which lasted a single season from 1998 to 1999.

Video trailers and gameplay snippets are already available for the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat X. The story is set 25 years after the events of the last game and includes a whole roster of new characters with a few returning ones. One new notable character is Cassie Cage, who is the lovechild of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade.

With the Kung Lao trailer released by Ed Boon, it’s clear that he is intentionally withholding details about the character, though given Kung Lao’s popularity, it makes all the sense in the world to bring him back. Surly, creators Ed Boon and John Tobias can come up with a story to resurrect the character. It’s not like they haven’t done it before in previous series. Mortal Kombat X is scheduled for an April 2015 release.

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