It has happened. It is real. It’s here (well, not now, but almost). Warner Bros. Games announced today Mortal Kombat 1, the next title in the popular franchise created by Ed Boon. In this way, NetherRealm Studios puts an end to theories about the future of the saga, confirming that it is indeed a reboot.
The theories about the reboot of the saga began earlier this month, when NetherRealm released a strange teaser in which you could see a grain of sand exploding. The fanbase went crazy, as it could not be otherwise, and began to think about the meaning of this mysterious video.
The idea held by practically everyone was that the next Mortal Kombat title, which at the time we called Mortal Kombat 12 (following the numbering of the games to date), would be related to Kronika’s hourglass, the artifact from Mortal Kombat 11 that allowed the characters to go back in time. But that’s not all.
A second teaser, released just a week later, showed us a second hand of a clock advancing from 9 to 11 without pause, only to stop abruptly at 12 and skip it immediately, reaching 1. And if that wasn’t enlightening enough, the tweet of a famous industry leaker ended up practically confirming that NetherRealm’s next title would be called Mortal Kombat 1.
In the trailer released today, which includes several gore moments (be warned), we can see how in the current timeline, created at the end of Mortal Kombat 11, the now God of Fire Liu Kang has created an idyllic paradise for his friends, with Kung Lao living as a humble farmer, and Kitana as the rightful ruler of Outworld, with her sister Mileena as her loyal servant.
In this new installment (“new” in more ways than one), we will once again have a story mode where brutal action meets a cinematic narrative experience filled with twists, rivalries, betrayals and a diverse roster of legendary fighters, including Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung and Johnny Cage.
“Mortal Kombat 1 marks a new beginning for the franchise, and we’re madly looking forward to sharing its groundbreaking story and reinvention of its classic characters with our fans,” says Ed Boon in a press release. “Another new feature is our kameo kombatant system, which incorporates a unique roster of support characters. We’re looking forward to showing the world this feature and more new elements of the game very soon.”
Mortal Kombat 1 is scheduled for release on September 19, 2023 on PlayStation5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC, and will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow, May 19.
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