In May, NetherRealm Studios surprised fans by announcing their plans for the Mortal Kombat franchise. The upcoming game, called Mortal Kombat 1, is a reboot and was shrouded in mystery until today’s gameplay reveal. The news about the game’s release in 2023 was casually mentioned by Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav during a call, deviating from expectations of Mortal Kombat 12. The official announcement trailer disclosed its launch on September 19 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows, featuring cross-play and cross-save functionality. The series has a history of toying with timelines, and while the new trailer generated excitement, there are still unanswered questions about the roster and game mechanics. Fortunately, the recent gameplay reveal has shed light on what players can expect from the game.
The game’s trailer suggests that Mortal Kombat 1’s story might explore themes similar to those in the recent movie. Ed Boon, the creator of the series, appeared to discuss a new feature called Kameo fighters. These fighters function like assists in games such as Marvel vs. Capcom or Dragon Ball FighterZ. They enter and exit the fight to extend combos and are drawn from a distinct roster designed for them. While a complete list of Kameo fighters wasn’t provided, it appears that Sonya Blade, Jax, Kano, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion will be available.
Mortal Kombat 1, despite its confusing title as the 12th mainline entry and the 29th game overall in the series, was announced last month as part of the franchise’s 30th-anniversary celebration. The game’s story remains largely unknown, except for the fact that time has been rewound once again. According to the game’s FAQ, Mortal Kombat 1 will include the most iconic characters in the series, such as Raiden, Liu Kang, Kitana, Johnny Cage, and others who have had representation in previous games. The extended gameplay trailer also revealed the inclusion of newer characters, including Kenshi. Fans can anticipate gruesomely creative finishing moves in the game.
Mortal Kombat 1 is set to launch on September 19th.
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