Mortal Kombat 1 revealed with September release date

The next generation of Mortal Kombat comes to PC and consoles in September 2023.

Today marked the arrival of the first trailer for the latest Mortal Kombat. We thought it was going to be Mortal Kombat 12, but NetherRealm Studios has gone and turned back the clock to the beginning yet again with the reveal of Mortal Kombat 1. Players will experience a new timeline created by the events of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, and Mortal Kombat 1 is slated to arrive on PC and consoles this coming September.

NetherRealm Studios announced Mortal Kombat 1 with a debut trailer on the Mortal Kombat YouTube channel on May 18, 2023. The game also got a release date at the end of the trailer. It’s coming on September 19 to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, as shared on the game’s new website. We also learned that pre-orders will give players Shang Tseung as a bonus DLC characters, as well as access to a upcoming betas. It also seems to refresh the timeline again, but with a twist.

Those who played through Mortal Kombat 11’s full story may very well know that by the end of it, Liu Kang canonically became a new god of time, creating a timeline in which he believed he could stop the terrible events of the Mortal Kombat tournaments from happening. It looks like he’s still the god of this new timeline in Mortal Kombat 1, but something terrible is afoot anyways. Characters like Shang Tseung threaten to destroy the balance Liu Kang has created and it will lead to new battles with Liu Kang, Shang Tseung, and a cast of young Mortal Kombat fighters that, so far, includes Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kitana, Mileena, and Kung Lao.

With the September 2023 release date set for Mortal Kombat 1, stay tuned for more coverage as details drop leading up to the release.

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    May 18, 2023 6:25 AM

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      May 18, 2023 6:21 AM

      Mortal Kombat 1 trailer

      September 19th is much sooner than I thought it would be.

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        May 18, 2023 6:28 AM

        at least they toned down the violence a bit 😳

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        May 18, 2023 6:30 AM

        Those fatalities looked like part of a CG cutscene. But it seems insane they would bother making those outside the realtime game engine.

        Freaking impressive if that is all ingame.

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        May 18, 2023 6:34 AM

        Looks like the dreams I had about Mortal Kombat when I was in 5th grade and would take the bus to the arcade and spend my entire allowance on ice cream and MK.

        The MK9 reboot was cool, and I liked the way they committed to that story and timeline but it did seem like it was time to shake things up again.

        I'm not a huge fighting game dude anymore, but I respect my roots.

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        May 18, 2023 6:38 AM

        It’s been a minute. Who was the guy at the end of the trailer?

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        May 18, 2023 8:01 AM

        I was wondering if this would be the first game without Raiden . I still wonder....

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        May 18, 2023 8:13 AM

        Fuck, that's right around the corner.

        That's going to be so good. I enjoyed the hell out of the whole storyline.

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        May 18, 2023 8:20 AM


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        May 18, 2023 9:15 AM

        damn they killed everyone in the trailer who is in the game then

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      May 18, 2023 6:34 AM

      Shut up and take my money

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        May 18, 2023 12:14 PM

        I know right, it going to be INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \m/ :) \m/ , May 25th PlayStation Showcase they will show the first gameplay, my body is ready!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      May 18, 2023 6:49 AM

      Jesus. I was in high school when the first Mortal Kombat came out in the arcade and there was a small arcade in town that we'd spend our school lunch hours just pumping quarters into that game. Then a neighbor up the street got the Genesis version and we'd spend every night learning all the moves there and then dominate in the arcade lol.

      This looks incredible. I may have to build some sort of fight stick for it, I don't think a controller will cut it.

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      May 18, 2023 6:58 AM

      holy mutherfucking fuck fuck@!

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      May 18, 2023 7:11 AM

      I really need the techno music to get hyped for anything MK.

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      May 18, 2023 7:23 AM

      Awesome I was wondering where it was at, the last one was so fun. I would be so excited if they could get lagless multiplayer to work. Every time I played the last one online with the PS5 I would get ganked by the jankiness.

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      May 18, 2023 8:15 AM

      No gameplay yet :( Really wondering how the kameo system works

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        May 18, 2023 9:01 AM

        I think they’ll show gameplay at the PlayStation event this month. Im also super interested in how the assist partner stuff works.

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          May 18, 2023 9:15 AM

          It MIGHT be similar to MK11s towers or something where you get the chance to basically use "Kameos", as it were. Where as in regular play or tournament play you can not. Or maybe you can IDK! No one does! :o

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      May 18, 2023 12:21 PM

      OMG + !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn, my body is ready, I think this release of MK is going to go to da Moon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also the new character roaster looks really solid and I am glad they are keeping it to this smaller group

      The detail is insane in the CG vid, I can't wait to see the actual gameplay on the 25th of May at the PlayStation Showcase, the fact the are only rolling on current gen and PC should increase everything massively!!!!! What is crazy MK12 already looks crazy good imagine that 4x better.... { mind blown + pass out }

      Can't wait, what an insane year for Fighters and video games in general, it's another golden year and it taste soooooooooo good and we are not even at the half point of the year!!!!!!!

      I am very happy right now, but I will say this I would of loved to see the gameplay instead even if the CG owned but I can wait and the 25th is not too far away.

      Holy shit out this September, that is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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