Earlier this week, NetherRealm Studios revealed the rest of the upcoming roster for Mortal Kombat 11‘s first Kombat Pack DLC. Joining Sheng Tsung and Nightwolf are Mortal Kombat original character Sindel and guest characters Joker, Spawn, and Arnold Schwarzenneger as the Terminator. The day after the announcement, Ed Boon shared his excitement on Twitter.
Part of me still can’t believe we got Arnold.
— Ed Boon (@noobde) August 23, 2019
Ed Boon did get Arnold, but not completely. While the Terminator looks like the actor, specifically the way he looks in the role in the upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate, Arnold Schwarzenegger did not provide the voice.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources have communicated to them that Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios are using a “sound-alike voice actor” to capture the iconic and indispensable voice of the Terminator. Warner Bros. has confirmed that a substitute actor supplies the voice for the Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has provided his voice for other video games that feature the Terminator character, including tie-in titles for pinball game Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 1991 and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2003.
The Mortal Kombat franchise debuted in 1992 and has received attention, oftentimes negative, for its over-the-top violence and is one of the games that led to the creation of the ESRB, the gaming industry’s rating board, in 1994.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous internationally for his portrayal of the Terminator, but he’s also known for his stint as the Republican Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. During that time Schwarzenegger signed and backed a bill that aimed to restrict renting and selling of violent video games to minors. While helping to promote the 2014 film Sabotage, Schwarzenegger told The Telegraph that “the video games our children play are much, much more violent than anything in this movie.”
DLC character Terminator T-800 (cybernetic organism: living tissue over a metal endoskeleton) will release for play on October 8th of this year, with the Terminator: Dark Fate movie releasing the following month in the United States.
Mortal Kombat 11 and the first Kombat Pack are available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC. The game will also be available for purchase on Google’s upcoming game streaming platform Stadia.