In case you missed the announcement, Mortal Kombat is getting a reboot in the form of Mortal Kombat 1. The new title has been officially announced on May 18 and will essentially act as the beginning of a new era for the franchise.
Since this is a reboot, the title schedule will go back to 1, but don’t let that fool you. There are still connections to the lore in previous games. In fact, there is a direct link to the last game in the series, Mortal Kombat 11. That serves to set up the story for this new game.
Mortal Kombat 1 will be released as a multi-platform title later this year. Coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. You’ll also get access to the upcoming beta for the game in August if you pre-order.
The game will be released on September 19, and pre-orders for the game begin today. In addition to beta access, pre-orders also give you early access to Shang Tsung as a playable character. You can also get early access to other fighters and skins if you pre-order the digital Premium Edition for $110. Although there are other versions for sale, including a collector’s edition that comes with a statue of Fire God Liu Kang.
Mortal Kombat 1 will reboot the series
Without getting into spoiler territory if you haven’t played Mortal Kombat 11, Mortal Kombat 1 is a reboot of the series, but it does so in a way related to the ending of Mortal Kombat 11 from the Aftermath expansion.
So there is a link to explain everything that is going on in the upcoming game. However, Mortal Kombat 1 is not a continuation of Mortal Kombat 11. It has its own story and is the beginning of a new universe.
There isn’t much more detail about the game just yet than what you can see in the trailer. But it is clear that many things remain. Excessively gory and gory combat. Insane deaths. And of course familiar and recurring characters. Even those who have died in the story of past titles (although not necessarily all of them).
Mortal Kombat 1 features new fighting mechanics and new modes to keep things fresh. Like a new Kameo system that allows you to get help from certain characters during battle. But at its core, it’s still Mortal Kombat. So expect some intense fucking fun when it arrives this fall.