This next game will introduce “a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe that has been created by the Fire God Liu Kang, featuring reimagined versions of iconic characters as they’ve never been seen before.”
The “genre-defining” Story Mode is back, promising “an immersive cinematic narrative featuring unexpected twists on classic rivalries and original backstories for a wide-ranging cast of legendary fighters.”
Those will include Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung and Johnny Cage, with Mortal Kombat 1 to introduce Kameo Fighters – a unique roster of partner characters that can assist during matches to expand gameplay possibilities.
“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,” explains Warner Bros. Games president David Haddad. “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.”
NetherRealm Studios chief creative officer and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon adds: “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.”
Mortal Kombat 1 will release at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 19 September 2023. Those who pre-order will receive Shang Tsung as an in-game playable character.
The Mortal Kombat 1 Premium Edition will include all standard edition content, as well as the Kombat Pack, early access to the game from 14 September 2023 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).