The subsequent Mortal Kombat game — titled Mortal Kombat 1, an entry that may convey the sequence into the previous — is (formally) coming this yr. Warner Bros. Games and longtime sequence developer NetherRealm Studios introduced the subsequent Mortal Kombat game on Thursday with a reveal trailer, confirming that the preventing game shall be launched on Sept. 19 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.

The first trailer for Mortal Kombat 1 confirms the return of some acquainted faces: Shang Tsung, Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Kitana, Mileena, and Sub-Zero. But they give the impression of being fairly totally different from the kombatants that gamers could know for the previous 30 years, as Mortal Kombat 1 is ready deep in MK’s historical past.

NetherRealm and writer Warner Bros. name MK1 a “a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe that has been created by the Fire God Liu Kang,” with “reimagined versions of iconic characters.” The developer guarantees a brand new preventing system, game modes, and the sequence’ iconic fatalities, a few of which might be seen in the debut trailer above. Mortal Kombat 1 will even embrace a brand new characteristic known as Kameo Fighters, described as “a unique roster of […] partners to assist you in battle.”


NetherRealm’s most up-to-date Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat 11, was launched in April 2019. The developer added a further 12 characters to the roster and launched an enlargement pack, Aftermath, by means of 2020. In 2021, the studio mentioned it was “focusing on its next project” after supporting Mortal Kombat 11 for greater than two years.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath ended with longtime villain Shang Tsung defeating Kronika, stealing her time-twisting skills. But MK hero Liu Kang pulls a time-traveling trick on Tsung, defeating him, taking Kronika’s skills for himself, with plans to create a New Era of the Mortal Kombat timeline (and convey back his many dead mates). Liu Kang then travels back in time to coach the unique Kung Lao, making ready him for Mortal Kombat contests to come back.