Mortal Kombat 12 Revealed As Mortal Kombat 1, Releases In September
A new era of Mortal Kombat begins this year.
Developer NetherRealm Studios has officially revealed Mortal Kombat 1, the next chapter in its long-running fighting game series, which releases in September. It takes on that name, rather than the expected Mortal Kombat 12 name, because--as previous teasers hinted at--Mortal Kombat 1 is a sort-of-reboot of the series and takes place in the New Era timeline established by Liu Kang after he ascended to godhood in 2019's Mortal Kombat 11.
Like previous games, Mortal Kombat 1 will have a story mode, a unique roster of characters, and a new fighting system. You can see more, in the trailer below.
While this new entry has plenty of changes and new ideas, one thing that hasn't changed is the trademark ultra-violence that the series is known for. Just like the previous entries in the series, Mortal Kombat is going all in on gore, blood, and fatalities.
One of the new systems being teased for the game are Kameo Fighters, which will allow you to call in an assist from a fighter on the roster. Kameo Fighters are a unique roster of partner characters to assist you during matches, and these characters are chosen separately from the main roster of fighters.
For the Mortal Kombat 1 roster, NetherRealm has confirmed Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung, Johnny Cage, and many others. It's worth noting that Tsung will be available as a preorder bonus, and Johnny Cage will have access to a Jean-Claude Van Damme skin through the Kombat Pack DLC. He's what's known as a "Kameo" fighter who can assist players during a match.
For multiplayer, NetherRealm has confirmed that there'll be rollback netcode and players who preorder the game for console can take part in a beta in August.
Mortal Kombat 1 will launch on September 19 for PC, Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, with early access kicking off on September 14 depending on which version of the game you own. The base version will cost $70, and it'll also be available as a $110 Premium Edition, and a $250 Kollector's Edition.