Not too long ago, I covered a small rumor about a DLC leak for Mortal Kombat 11. If you have not read it, the long story short of it was that data miners found an interesting set of code in the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
We got a preview of upcoming fighters which featured not only returning Mortal Kombat characters, but a few fascinating guest characters like The Joker, The Terminator, Spawn, and Ash Williams. To help drive the point home, some even found introduction dialog between these characters and the existing cast. Well, it seems that someone has stepped forward to debunk these rumors, and it was Ash Williams himself.
To Perform a Fatality on a Rumor
On the twitter of Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) you can check out a tweet talking about the internet rumor about Ash being DLC in MK11. While Bruce could have written a simple tweet about Ash, Bruce went a step further as you can see in the twitter post below.
Consider this my finishing move against a certain internet rumor. pic.twitter.com/6vKPZvTfQu
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) May 6, 2019
So now that Bruce Campbell himself has gone on record saying that Evil Dead’s Ash will not be appearing in Mortal Kombat 11, we can put yet another rumor to rest, right?
What I find funny is the amount of detailed work here in the custom text, the bloody remains of the internet rumor, and Bruce Campbell himself posing for the camera. It makes for a good laugh for sure, but if he really wasn’t going to be in Mortal Kombat, why put all this effort into a picture to debunk a rumor?
Debunking a Debunk?
I’m not saying Bruce Campbell can’t be trusted, but there are many speculators that did not hesitate to point out possible loopholes. For example: Why would Bruce Campbell say “Evil Dead Ash” specifically? If Ash Williams wasn’t in Mortal Kombat 11, he could have simply said that. But when you specify “Evil Dead Ash” you leave the option of “Army of Darkness Ash” wide open.
With all that being said, suppose Bruce Campbell was telling the. It would be understandable for him to say Ash wouldn’t be in the game if he wasn’t personally reprising the role. But here a fun fact boys and girls: Bruce Campbell hasn’t always been the one to play the role of Ash Williams.
In Telltale Games’ Poker Night 2, you get to play Texas hold ’em with Brock Sampson from Venture Bros., Sam from Sam & Max, Claptrap from Borderlands, and most importantly, Ash Williams. And while Ash still has his witty banter, his voice actor was Danny Webber. This doesn’t exactly debunk the debunk, but it does show that a replacement Ash isn’t out of the question (through Bruce is obviously the ideal choice).
So What Do You Think?
Did Bruce Campbell help debunk the Mortal Kombat 11 leaks? Do you believe this is the truth? And if the leaks turns out to be true, do you hope we get Bruce reprising the role? I like to think that Bruce is in on the joke and that this could be a clever means to mislead people into thinking it’s not going to happen. That said, if it turns out that Bruce was telling the truth, I hope the internet doesn’t hold it against him (although in fairness, everyone loves Bruce Campbell).
Whether this was a ploy to divert our attention or not, make sure to follow us here at Culture of Gaming! With E3 right around the corner, we’ll be covering any news about the first set of DLC fighters coming to Mortal Kombat 11!