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Lauren Hodges

Ready to test your might? The new Mortal Kombat has arrived

Choose your fighter! (Warner Bros. Games)

This article is meant to be read to the beat of the rave-era masterpiece "Techno Syndrome" by The Immortals — also known as the Mortal Kombat theme song from the 1995 film. Please hit play below:


OK, quick battle cry before we get into it: MORTAL KOMBAAAAAAAAAAAT!

What is it? Mortal Kombat 1.

  • This week, Warner Bros. Games released the trailer for Mortal Kombat 1, the latest installment in the beloved video game franchise. Unsurprisingly, the violence and gore has only intensified since the early days of millennials playing this in their under-supervised friends' basements. So a warning: this trailer contains graphic depiction of violence.

What's the big deal?

  • It's essentially a reboot of a reboot. A whole new world. And the trailer reveals what fire god Liu Kang has waiting for us in the new Mortal Kombat universe: classic fireball projectiles, deadly choreography and shapeshifter abilities that promise some truly gruesome fatalities for any player who dares test their might.
  • So it's actually Mortal Kombat 12, but if you played Mortal Kombat 11, you kind of get why this one is called "1." There's a whole time travel element at play that came in even earlier in the game series. Gavin Jasper at Den of Geek gets into a bit of that backstory here:

"In review, after seven Mortal Kombat fighting game installments ... things ended so dire that Raiden had to do a little time travel spell to prevent this disaster. Mortal Kombat 9 was a detailed reimagining of the first three games with Raiden trying to alter history. Each retelling went further off the rails until nearly all the heroes were slaughtered, and Liu Kang died despising Raiden in his final breath. On the upside, Raiden did succeed in his mission and warded off the doomed future."

Those eyes. (Warner Bros. Games)

So what's this game all about?

  • This game takes place in the present-but-not-really-present time. This is supposed to be an idealized world now: everyone seems to be working together in harmony (Kitana and Mileena are princesses/siblings, Sub-Zero and Scorpion are a team, etc.). The conflict begins when sorcerer Shang Tsung appears.
  • It features the return of Mortal Kombat icons like Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, Kenshi, Smoke, Rain, Li Mei, Tanya, Baraka, Geras, Reptile, Ashrah, Havik, Sindel and Nitara (a personal favorite).
  • Early access for Mortal Kombat 1 begins on Thursday for Premium Edition members, and Sept. 19 for standard players. Crossplay between consoles is still in the works but you should be able to play with friends on the same system on the launch date.
Now that's what the fans came to see. (Warner Bros. Games)

What are fans saying?

  • Aside from being annoyed about having to wait for crossplay, fans are pumped about the graphics and the storyline — but mostly, about the very creative and horrific ways they get to see these characters die on screen.
  • You can play Mortal Kombat 1 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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