On April 14, 2015, fans of fighting games rejoiced as Mortal Kombat X was released in the North America (NA) region. Utilizing the formula that made Mortal Kombat (2011 reboot) a hit and mixing elements of Injustice: Gods Among Us, the latest installment in the franchise has pushed the series to a new creative level. For fans, such an accomplishment was not a surprise, especially with the Inquisitr reporting news that foreshadowed it prior to its release. The sneak peak of the first 30 minutes of the story surely hyped fans, but special fighter appearances by Jason Voorhees and the Predator were the icing on the cake.
However, with any game that finally hits the public, issues are always sure to rise. Mortal Kombat X is no exception as news of its PC port having problems are being reported. However, one unique issue has arisen and it has to do with UFC fighter, Felice Herrig. Apparently Mortal Kombat X is accused of stealing something from Herrig: her likeness for their new character, Cassie Cage.
According to Kotaku, Felice Herrig was first made aware of Cassie Cage looking just like her about three months ago. Herrig brings this up to her fans on Instagram in which she simply asks them if the minds behind NetherRealm Studios did steal her likeness.
At the time, Felice Herrig seemed to just be amused that Cassie Cage just looks like her. Now, Herrig is suspicious especially after more of Cage’s character was revealed. Along with the similar face, Cage also blows bubble gum and takes selfies (especially in her second fatality). Herrig is known by her fans for blowing bubble gum and taking a lot of selfies on her social media pages. As a matter of fact, Felice Herrig even provides numerous comparisons between her and Cassie Cage in her latest Instagram update directed towards Mortal Kombat X.
If the above comparisons is enough to place guilt on both NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive, both developer and publisher may have a legal fight to deal with in the future. This situation is somewhat similar to a prior similar situation when Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive for using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V, as reported by International Business Times. It was also reported that gamers who played Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs took note that in-game character Claire Lille bore a likeness to adult film star, Christy Mack.
As of now, both NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive have provided no comment on the situation. If they do have to fight Felice Herrig over her likeness being stolen, it is probably fortunate for them it is in a courtroom and not in the UFC Octagon, in which Herrig is ranked number eight in the women’s strawweight division.
[Featured Image via Felice Herrig’s Instagram and Warner Bros. Interactive, Post Images via Felice Herrig’s Instagram]