All the details of Mortal Kombat 1: how the mythical fighting game will be restarted in 2023
Mikhail Shevkun May 18, 2023, 19:00 Moscow time
The iconic series returns with a new world and old heroes.
On May 18, four years after the release of Mortal Kombat 11, the Netherrealm studio finally showed off its next game: Mortal Kombat 1, a soft-start franchise that continues the story of the universe.
“Championship” tells all the most important things about the new “Mortal Kombat”.
What is Mortal Kombat 1 about?
The new game is a direct sequel to Mortal Kombat 11 (2019) and the expansion MK11: Aftermath (2020).
In his ending, Liu Kang defeats Shang Tsung, uses the watch, creates a new world, and transforms into Lord Liu Kang, the god of thunder and fire. He becomes the protector of the world that Raiden used to be. In the end, Liu Kang goes to the young Kung Lao and chooses him as his fighter for the upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament. These are events prior to the first Mortal Kombat (1992).
In the first trailer for Mortal Kombat 1 (2023), Liu Kang talks about his new world, a world where everyone lives by their own rules. Someone in peace and quiet, and someone in endless struggle. However, Shang Tsung managed to return, and Liu Kang notes that in the end everyone will understand for themselves the only truth: “there is always something to strive for.”
Despite the name, the story is much more connected to the latest trilogy than meets the eye. This is a smooth start to a fighting game, as was, for example, God of War (2018). Newcomers will find it easy to pick up on what’s going on, while veterans will find plenty of nice references to past events.
Mortal Kombat 1 Trailer
The video is available on the Mortal Kombat YouTube channel. Video rights belong to WB Games.
Game Mortal Kombat 1
While a little At first, we were not shown gameplay footage, limiting ourselves to small hints. Globally, the fighting game is unlikely to change significantly, but many have already noticed one innovation – cameo fighters. These are assistants that exist separately from the main roster of heroes. They can help in combat and provide new gameplay options.
Netherrealm also promises a “new combat system” as well as new modes and various fatalities. Classic movie story campaign instead.
In addition, the game will not require an Internet connection, it will allow you to play offline.
mortal kombat 1
Photo: WB Games
List of Mortal Kombat 1 heroes
ScorpioSub-ZeroLu KangReidenKun LaoKitanaMilenaShan TsungJohnny Cage.
The rest will be announced closer to the release of Mortal Kombat 1.
Scorpion and Sub-Zero in MK1
Photo: WB Games
Mortal Kombat 1 release date and other details
The game will be launched. September 19th on PS5, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam, Epic Games Store).
Buyers of the premium edition will have access five days earlier, on the 14th. In addition, Kombat Pack 1 will be released for the expensive version of the game: it includes six new heroes after launch, five new fighter cameos and an appearance by Jean-Claude Van Damme for Johnny Cage.
Pre-orders for Mortal Kombat 1 will begin to be accepted from 20:00 Moscow time on March 19: those who place them will receive the hero Shang Tsung, and PS5 and Xbox Series owners will also be able to participate in the test of the fighting game because of this, will take place in August.
Mortal Kombat 1 will also have cross-play and cross-progress, but there will be no features at the start of sales; they will be added after launch.
Kitana in MK1
Photo: WB Games
Four studios are responsible for Mortal Kombat 1 at once:
Netherrealm: PS5 and Xbox Series versions; Shiver and Saver: Nintendo Switch version; QLOC: PC version.
QLOC is known for the PC versions of Mortal Kombat XL, Mortal Kombat 11, Injustice 2, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, as well as remasters of Dark Souls, Dead Rising and Dying Light (Switch).
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