Mortal Kombat 1 is right around the corner and will reboot the franchise for a second time, following the original timeline reset in 2011. The game will be released on September 19, but players who purchase the Premium Edition will be able to begin fighting against Outworld on September 14, as well as receive Shang Tsung as a pre-order bonus.
Ahead of the release of Mortal Kombat 1, NetherRealm Studios has released the launch trailer, giving players a greater insight into the story, the modes that will be available, as well as a look at the roster. The story of Mortal Kombat 1 directly follows on from Mortal Kombat 11 despite being a reboot. At the conclusion of Mortal Kombat 11 Liu Kang became a God, and he used his powers to alter the timeline and start fresh again. This means that all of the characters are much younger and many of the conflicts, rivalries, and deaths haven’t occurred in the story yet, and could potentially be retconned in favor of a fresh story.
Some of these changes include Baraka being on the side of good again, at least for now. Millena seemingly is a sister of Kitana rather than a clone, or if she is a clone it isn’t a surprise to Kitana like it was in the original reboot. One thing to note is that Millena doesn’t have her Tarkatan mouth and teeth, but these do appear in the game so it will be interesting to see how the story plays out to allow for this. And it appears that Scorpion and Sub-Zero are working together and friends, at least for now.
There will be the usual story mode that we have come to expect from Mortal Kombat games, as well as a new mode that looks like Mario Party meets Mortal Kombat and I am very curious to see how this one works. The most exciting addition is the Kameo characters, which will act similarly to assists in games such as Marvel Vs. Capcom. These Kameo characters can be triggered to help you attack your opponent, or defend against an attack to give you the upper hand.
The Mortal Kombat 1 roster was showcased in the trailer and for a base roster it is pretty good, not quite Mortal Kombat X good, but it has plenty of interesting and classic characters to choose from including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Smoke, Rain, Reptile, and Shao Kahn.