May 29, 2023

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros Video games have lastly introduced Mortal Kombat 1, the subsequent title within the brutal combating sport collection. It releases on September nineteenth for Xbox Collection X/S, PS5, Nintendo Swap and PC by way of Steam and the Epic Video games Retailer. There’s no gameplay but, however an announcement trailer offered some bits concerning the story in all its gory glory.

NetherRealm additionally revealed some extra particulars about what to anticipate – listed below are the ten greatest issues it’s best to know.

The New Period

Mortal Kombat 1 takes place within the New Period. The universe is actually reborn after the occasions of Mortal Kombat 11 and its growth, Aftermath, and the assorted realms are seemingly at peace. Which doesn’t final lengthy, however in fact, that’s the purpose of Mortal Kombat. Shang Tsung seems, wreaks havoc on a number of different fighters in grotesque methods and is rapidly smacked down by Liu Kang. It’s unknown whether or not the story performs out in the identical manner in-game, however there’s a brand-new cinematic narrative to get pleasure from, regardless.

For the reason that timeline is new, occasions like Edenia merging with Outworld or Sub-Zero killing Scorpion’s clan seemingly haven’t occurred. We will see Kitana and Mileena venturing down a peaceable avenue with onlookers; Raiden and Kung Lao assembly on the plains; and Scorpion and Sub-Zero operating into one another, solely to show in direction of a wierd eclipse within the sky.

NetherRealm has promised “sudden twists on basic rivalries and unique backstories,” so it’s attention-grabbing to see how drastically issues have modified.

New Combating System and Modes

Along with a brand new story, Mortal Kombat 1 has a brand new combating system. There are additionally new sport modes and Fatalities to brutalize enemies with. Since no gameplay footage or particulars for the system have been revealed, it’s laborious to guage simply how good it is going to be. Nonetheless, for individuals who couldn’t fairly get into Mortal Kombat 11, there’s hope that Mortal Kombat 1 shall be completely different.

Reimagined Fighters

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To date, NetherRealm has confirmed characters like Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, Mileena, Kitana, Kung Lao, Raiden and Shang Tsung whereas teasing “many others.” With main occasions altering or outright retconned, the basic Kombatants have additionally modified. Hanzo Hisashi, aka Scorpion, seems to be flesh and blood, although he nonetheless wields his trademark Spear.

Kung Lao doesn’t have his Razor-Rimmed Hat, however Raiden does appear to have his lightning powers (although it’s unknown if he’s mortal). Kitana’s fan and Mileena’s sai are additionally current, and Sub-Zero can nonetheless freeze issues. Shang Tsung can suck souls out of our bodies, lowering them to mere husks as he’s wont to do, however he additionally has some cool claws to battle with. And there’s Liu Kang, who can nonetheless manifest fiery dragons to decimate the opposition.

Kameo Fighters

Kameo Fighters are maybe probably the most attention-grabbing new mechanic. They’re accomplice fighters who might be referred to as to help throughout fights and are chosen individually from the primary roster. NetherRealm says they’ll create “expanded gameplay prospects for gamers.” It looks as if a great way to carry the assists from Mortal Kombat 11’s Towers of Time into the core sport. Then once more, in the event that they had been the identical, they might nonetheless most likely be referred to as assists. We’ll have to attend and see how a lot they add to the brand new system.

Beta in August

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NetherRealm will possible showcase extra gameplay and particulars quickly, particularly since Mortal Kombat 1 is only a few months away. Nonetheless, those that need to attempt its new mechanics and re-imagined fighters early can pre-order the title on PS5 and Xbox Collection X/S. They’ll obtain entry to a beta that kicks off in August and Shang Tsung as a playable character within the sport at launch. In fact, on this “period” of particular editions, there are additionally methods to get early entry to the total sport.

Customary, Premium and Kollector’s Version

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Mortal Kombat 1 retails for $69.99 on all platforms – sure, even on Nintendo Swap – and shall be obtainable bodily and digitally at launch. That’s for the Customary Version – the Premium Version is $109.99 and consists of the bottom sport and early entry beginning September 14th. You additionally get the Kombat Pack and 1250 Dragon Krystals as in-game forex, which implies microtransactions since Mortal Kombat 11 had Time Krystals for buying cosmetics from the shop.

Lastly, there’s the Kollector’s Version, which is just obtainable bodily for Xbox Collection X/S and PS5 at sure retailers for $249.99. It consists of the Premium Version, a Liu Kang sculpture by COARSE, a corresponding in-game pores and skin impressed by the identical, a metal case and three artwork prints. You additionally get 1450 extra Dragon Krystals for a complete of 2700. What a deal!

Kombat Pack


The Kombat Pack is price noting individually because it’s basically post-launch DLC. It offers early entry to 6 new playable characters and 5 new Kameo Fighters, each obtainable after the sport releases. Rumors abound about visitor characters like John Cena’s Peacemaker, Homelander from The Boys and Conan the Barbarian, however nothing is confirmed (and we’ll possible maintain guessing as much as the precise reveals).

In fact, you additionally get a personality pores and skin for Johnny Cage at launch, which makes him resemble actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. As weird and out of left area as that sounds, there’s a cause. Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon informed Polygon final yr that the studio pitched the primary sport’s concept to Van Damme manner again within the day. They even made a presentation and needed him to play Johnny Cage.

Van Damme handed on the concept, however NetherRealm nonetheless approached him to seem as a personality pores and skin in subsequent titles, like Mortal Kombat 9. Lo and behold, the legend himself has lastly agreed, and we’ve come full circle.

Nintendo Swap and PC Port Builders

Whereas NetherRealm Studios is growing the Xbox Collection X/S and PS5 variations, the Nintendo Swap and PC ports are dealt with by different builders. Saber Interactive, which labored on Evil Useless: The Sport, and Shiver Leisure, who ported Mortal Kombat 11 for the Swap, are accountable for the Nintendo Swap model.

QLOC, which labored on Darkish Souls: Remastered, the Xbox Collection X/S replace for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and extra, is accountable for the PC model. It even ported Mortal Kombat 11 to PC. These aren’t indicators of Mortal Kombat 1 being freed from points on these platforms, however every group is pretty skilled with porting. As at all times, time will inform.

Not At all times On-line

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Extra particulars on different modes are coming later, however NetherRealm has confirmed that Mortal Kombat 1 shall be playable offline. Whereas an web connection is critical for some options (like on-line matches, clearly), you possibly can possible benefit from the story and different modes with out being on-line. Mortal Kombat 11 additionally didn’t require a relentless web connection for a few of its modes (just like the story), and it’s good to see NetherRealm persevering with the custom.

Rollback Netcode

On-line gamers, rejoice – rollback netcode is confirmed. Contemplating that Mortal Kombat 11 shipped with rollback netcode that labored fairly effectively, that is excellent news, although whether or not it’s being altered or rebuilt for Mortal Kombat 1 stays to be seen. Sadly, these enjoying in opposition to others on-line should subscribe to Nintendo Swap On-line, Xbox Dwell Gold or PlayStation Plus.

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