NetherRealm Studios finally revealed Mortal Kombat 1 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Mortal Kombat 1 will release on Sept. 19, 2023.
As expected, three editions of Mortal Kombat 1 were also revealed. The standard edition will be available physically, and digitally for $69.99. Those looking for a bit more have the Premium Edition for $109.99. This includes the Kombat Pack that includes six playable fighters, five Kameo fighters, and a Jean Claude Van Damme skin for Johnny Cage, plus 1,250 in their in-game Dragon Krystals currency.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series owners can also purchase a Kollector’s Edition for $249.99. It includes all the aforementioned stuff, in addition to a 16.5″ Liu Kang sculpture designed by COARSE, in-game skin based off the statue, SteelBook case, three art prints, and your Dragon Krystals are increased from 1,250 to 2,700. Both Premium and Kollector’s Editions will also gain early access to Mortal Kombat 1 on Sept. 14.
Preordering any edition will also give access to playable character Shang Tsung, and beta access sometime in Aug. Those interested will be able to preorder starting May 19 at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST.
While details are still limited, the press release confirmed at least nine characters will return in Mortal Kombat 1.
NetherRealm’s genre-defining Story Mode returns with an immersive cinematic narrative featuring unexpected twists on classic rivalries and original backstories for a wide-ranging cast of legendary fighters, including Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung, Johnny Cage, and many others. Mortal Kombat 1 will also introduce Kameo Fighters, a unique roster of partner characters that can assist during matches, creating expanded gameplay possibilities for players.Press Release
A few additional details were also revealed in the FAQ section of the official site, like confirmation Mortal Kombat 1 will support rollback netcode.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What type of game is Mortal Kombat 1?
A: Mortal Kombat 1 is the latest title in the acclaimed Mortal Kombat videogame franchise developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios. The 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, along with a new fighting system, game modes, bone krushing finishing moves, and more.
Q: Who is developing Mortal Kombat 1?
A: All versions of Mortal Kombat 1 are built on NetherRealm Studios technology with oversight by NetherRealm. The NetherRealm team is developing the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game.
QLOC is developing the Steam and Epic Games Store versions of the game. Shiver Entertainment and Saber Interactive are developing the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
Q: Who is publishing Mortal Kombat 1?
A: Warner Bros. Games is publishing Mortal Kombat 1.
Q: Which PC platforms will Mortal Kombat 1 be available on?
A: Mortal Kombat 1 will be available on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store.
Q: What are Kameo Fighters and how do they work in Mortal Kombat 1?
A: Kameo Fighters are a unique roster of partner characters to assist during matches, creating expanded gameplay possibilities for players. These characters are chosen separately from the main roster of fighters.
Q: What type of modes will Mortal Kombat 1 have?
A: NetherRealm’s genre-defining Story Mode returns with a brand-new cinematic narrative featuring unexpected twists on classic rivalries and original backstories for the wide-ranging cast of legendary fighters. More details for online and offline modes will be coming soon.
Q: Is an internet connection required to play Mortal Kombat 1?
A: An internet connection is not required to play Mortal Kombat 1, although players will need to be connected to the internet to experience certain modes and features.
Q: Is a PlayStation Plus subscription, Xbox Live Gold membership, or Nintendo Switch Online membership required to play Mortal Kombat 1?
A: A PlayStation Plus subscription, Xbox Live Gold, or Nintendo Switch Online membership will not be required to play Mortal Kombat 1 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or Nintendo Switch consoles. However, a PlayStation Plus subscription, Xbox Live Gold membership, or Nintendo Switch Online membership will be required for online multiplayer.
Q: Will Mortal Kombat 1 have rollback netcode?
A: Yes, Mortal Kombat 1 will have rollback netcode to support online gameplay.Official Website
Following the reveal, Warner Bros. Games President, David Haddad, added the following statement.
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.Press Release
NetherRealm Studios Chief Creative Officer and Mortal Kombat Co-Creator, Ed Boon, added some insight as well.
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.Press Release