Mortal Kombat fans have been relentlessly teased these past few weeks with MK12 name-drops in the middle of an investor call, developer jokes online, and brief clips that hinted at a timeline reset (plus a nasty case of leakage). Developer Netherrealm have now ended the speculation and announced the next game in their brutal fighting series: Mortal Kombat 1. And it’s coming September 19th.
As the ending of Mortal Kombat 11 and its Aftermath expansion teased, the latest game ushers in a reborn universe for the long-running series. Fire God Liu Kang seems to have recreated the timeline as he sees fit, taking us to an era before the original game. Hence, the Mortal Kombat 1 name. Liu Kang’s ideal version of the world still includes returning fan favourites, probably because he’s a man that enjoys staying profitable.
Kang also loves the brutality, and it’s somehow even harder to watch in a beautifuly animated trailer such as the one above. The trailer’s first half caught me off-guard with its idyllic farmlands, placing me into a kind of peaceful lull. But this is Mortal Kombat after all, meaning the eyeball-stabbing brain-squashing neck-twisting fatalities were inevitable, and they’ll surely ratchet up the gore in the full game.
Confirmed returning characters include Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung, and Johnny Cage. Reports say that DC’s Peacemaker and The Boys’ Homelander could join the fray as DLC characters too. Mortal Kombat 1 is also taking a page from other fighting games with a new Kameo Fighter system, letting you call in an assist from a special group of partner fighters – separate from the main roster of playable ones.
Mortal Kombat 1 is releasing on PC and consoles on September 19th, making 2023 a heavyweight year for fighting games.
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It has finally been announced – this year will see the highly anticipated release of Mortal Kombat 1, the remake of the classic arcade game that took the gaming world by storm over two decades ago. Developed by Netherrealm Studios, this new version brings the core concepts of the original title into the modern age, with exciting new features and improved graphics.
The last time Netherrealm released a Mortal Kombat game was back in the early nineties, when they released the original Mortal Kombat trilogy. Since then, the series has gone from strength to strength, creating some of the most iconic and memorable gaming characters of all time, such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Noob Saibot.
However, with this remake of the original game, Netherrealm has gone back to the drawing board to bring a fresh experience to fans of the series. Players can expect the classic gameplay that they love, plus a number of brand new features that will help keep the game feeling fresh.
Indeed, this new version of Mortal Kombat 1 includes advanced 3D models and environments as well as an improved sound engine for the classic soundtrack. Some of the most iconic characters from the original game will be present, such as Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, all redesigned for the modern game.
Fans of Mortal Kombat will no doubt be excited to get their hands on this new version of the game. With Mortal Kombat 1 officially announced and set to be released this year, it looks like it will be the perfect way to start the year off with a bang!