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Mortal Kombat 1 Announced by Warner Bros. Games

Warner Bros. Games today announced Mortal Kombat 1, a brand-new title in the acclaimed Mortal Kombat videogame franchise, developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios.

Mortal Kombat 1 is scheduled to release on Sept. 19, 2023, for PlayStation®5 (PS5™), Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch™, and PC. The upcoming game will introduce a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe that the Fire God Liu Kang has created. It will feature reimagined versions of iconic characters as they’ve never been seen before.

NetherRealm’s genre-defining Story Mode returns with an immersive cinematic narrative. There will be unexpected twists on classic rivalries and original backstories for a wide-ranging cast of legendary fighters. This includes Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung, Johnny Cage, and many others.

You will also be introduced to Kameo Fighters – a unique roster of partner characters that can assist during matches, creating expanded gameplay possibilities for players.

“With Mortal Kombat 1 we are bringing a reimagined universe to the legendary franchise which has captivated gamers for more than 30 years and continues to top itself. The talented team at NetherRealm Studios continues to push the series forward in bold ways that have consistently expanded the global audience, and we believe Mortal Kombat 1 will continue to attract new players as well as thrill our core fans.” – David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Games.

Pre-orders for all launch platforms start tomorrow, May 19.

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Mortal Kombat 1 Editions

  • Mortal Kombat 1 Standard Edition. Available physically and digitally on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC, including Steam and Epic Games Store.
  • Mortal Kombat 1 Premium Edition. Available physically and digitally on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam and Epic Games Store). It will include all Standard Edition content, the Kombat Pack, early access to the game beginning Sept. 14, and 1,250 Dragon Krystals (in-game currency). The Kombat Pack will feature a Johnny Cage character skin with the likeness of famed actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme (available at launch), early access to six new playable characters (available post-launch), and five new Kameo Fighters (available post-launch).
  • Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector’s Edition. Available physically at select retailers on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S only. It will include all Premium Edition content, and early access, along with a 16.5-inch Liu Kang sculpture designed by COARSE and an inspired Liu Kang in-game character skin, three exclusive art prints, a steel case, and 1,450 additional Dragon Krystals (2,700 total).

Mortal Kombat 1 marks a new beginning for the franchise and we couldn’t be more excited to share this original storyline and fresh take on classic characters with our fans. We’re also introducing our Kameo Fighter system which brings a unique roster of partner characters into the mix, and we are looking forward to showing this feature as well as more new elements of the game very soon.” – Ed Boon, Chief Creative Officer, NetherRealm Studios and Co-Creator of Mortal Kombat.

All pre-orders will receive Shang Tsung as an in-game playable character. If you pre-order the game for PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S, you will also receive access to the Mortal Kombat 1 Beta, available in August 2023.

I’m sure we’ll have a review for this when the time comes, so keep an eye on our reviews page for when that lands.

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