Following a few weeks of leaks and teases, Mortal Kombat 1 has been officially announced for PS5. It's releasing on 19th September 2023, and you can get your first glimpse in the trailer above. There'll be an "immersive story campaign", reimagined versions of classic characters, and rollback netcode for online play. If you pre-order the game, you shall gain access to a PS5 beta in August.
"Discover a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe created by the Fire God Liu Kang. Mortal Kombat 1 ushers in a new era of the iconic franchise with a new fighting system, game modes, and fatalities," the official website teases. This very much appears to be the reboot the series has been teasing, with "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".
Confirmed characters so far include Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Shang Tsung, and Johnny Cage. There'll then be a separate list of Kameo Fighters who can "assist during matches, creating expanded gameplay possibilities for players".
The base game will cost $69.99, or you can opt for the Premium Edition (available in both physical and digital forms) for $109.99, which bundles in a Kombat Pack, five days of early access, and 1,250 Dragon Krystals (premium currency). The Kombat Pack includes a Johnny Cage character skin with the likeness of Jean-Claude Van Damme at launch, and then six new playable characters and five Kameo fighters after release.
Will you be taking part in this gory fighting tournament come September? Sharpen your blade in the comments below.
Oh my goodness. Let’s gooooo!!!
Lol @ the Switch Version. Dont expect it to look next Gen at all I assume. Its a native Port and not Cloud
Need to see more.
The trailer looks superb. And I have no doubt the game will be great. It's Mortal Kombat after all.
This and potentially Spidey 2 in the same month? September is going to be wild.
Is it Next-Gen only ?
Need gameplay now! Or screenshots, anything that shows what the game is like.
"Pre-order to get Shang Tsung"
Good god Kitana (my favourite MK Kharacter) has never looked better and Shang Tsung looks so awesome he's never looked more badass hope this is good MK 11 wasn't it 😅. Praying we get some 3D Era kharacters I'm slightly worried about this Kameo Fighters thing though I hate support only characters on games
Trailer was incredibly hype! Very excited to play this!
I wonder what lengths they go with the Switch version since there is no PS4/XBONE release. Color me intrigued though.
Huh, I thought it was going so well until the mandatory gore somehow made the whole thing seem for kids 😅🤔
Curious about gameplay
@Magnus_Selene Obviously I’m not expecting the Switch version to look next gen, but ports of games on the Switch fascinate me.
It's going to be tough to pull me off SF6 this year but I'll decide if I'll give it a go after I see some more gameplay.
I like MK. I just love SF is all. I'd definitely give it a go if Konquest mode returns though!
@Texan_Survivor Well also on Switch but not PS4
Let's see game play for God's sake, not just cinematic!!!
Looks very cool. I’ll probably end up getting it day one. Looking forward to the story mode.
Trailer was all nice and chill then "OMG what the hell that escalated quickly"
I'd almost forgotten how gory violent MK was, until the trailer reminded me.
Sooty & Sweep for guest DLC characters?
I kouldn’t be more exkited!
Looks great but yet another game at $70, probably translating to £70. I'll hold off until a couple of weeks/months in and get a reduced price.
I wonder what the actual gameplay will be like?
I'm confused so what's the story line now?
The Switch version is kind of genius as both Street Fighter and Tekken are not bothering: they could sell this like hot cakes to FG-starved Switch users.
@Feena MK11 was surprisingly decent on Switch (it doesn’t look great graphically but it ran fairly well tho). And I believe the Switch version sold a lot as well and exceeded WB and NRS expectations, so they decided to bring MK1
@anoyonmus makes sense
I'm indifferent to MK nowadays, but that trailer was bad-ass ngl
Just seen it on my 50 inch in full 4K, looks great. Hate to be that guy that says there's no way I'm spending £70 on a fighting game but I am that guy, same with SF6. I know they cram a lot into these fighting games these days but I can never see myself paying full price day one on any fighting game. And the fact I have zero hype for any fighting games. Trailer looks great though
@anoyonmus yes look at the Website FAQ. Saber Interactive are doing the port
Well, that sold me. Loved MK11. Sorry Street Fighter 6, but I know which fighter I’m preordering.
Eventhough it just cgi. It looks phenomenal. I can’t wait to try out the beta once they start preorders tomorrow
@Magnus_Selene well then that’s not bad news at all. They were the ones who brought Witcher 3 to Switch.
@ChronoBreak777 I see what you did there
@PepperMintRex Saber Interactive and Shiver Entertainment are behind the Switch port.
@Texan_Survivor no, it’s coming to Switch
The trailer is amazing. Hope the game is half as good tbh.
Also, looks like it's kind of a reboot but not really - or you could say the reboot happened inside the game universe rather then the series being rebooted.
This basically picks up the story where 11's Aftermath DLC left it.
@Magnus_Selene at least WB and NRS are not lazy compared to Square Enix and their Kingdom Hearts cloud editions.
I have no doubt that NetherRealm Studios will make another excellent MK game!!!
Was that Liu Kang as the big bad, and Raiden is now using two new elements? Why is Shang Tsung a preorder bonus? That's ridiculous.
This is ANUSTART
@anoyonmus Well now every other Version will be downgraded for a Platform that doesnt even have a big FGC community lel
Interested to see the new fighting system, not been a fan of Mortal Kombat for a while.
Street Fighter is still my thing.
Great trailer but not enough to make me buy day one. I'm a patient person having waited until last December to buy MK11 Ultimate (PS5). I ignored MK11 until a Komplete version released and even waited for a massive price drop on that. I'll more than likely do the same for this new title.
The Jean Claude Van Damme skin brings things full circle since the original MK was meant to be a Bloodsport game.
I haven’t played a fighter game for a long time (Streets Of Rage 4 doesn’t count because it is primarily a scrolling beat em up…and freaking awesome!) but I have a hankering to play one again so I will sign up for MK1 relaunch..I just need some easy meat to hone my skills on first…Am I a bad dad for considering my 7yo son as my first opponent 🤔
@tameshiyaku haha nice Arrested reference
OK, if it is not MK12 but MK1, than I take it ONLY if there is "Hopiii" pop-up.
Really hope they bring back the Conquest mode from Deception for the story mode this time
That trailer was awesome, but I'm gonna commit myself to Street Fighter VI this year. Fighting games are like learning a language, and I can only do one at a time.
Love 9, didn't care much for 10 or 11 but I'm a fan of the franchise so I bought them. Definitely interested in this but I hope some of the nonsense that plagued 11 is gone. The gameplay felt off and the online requirement annoyed me.
Kolor me impressed.
Cool cg trailer, any leaked gameplay footage floating around online or news on when we can expect to see some? Probably in the next couple of months before the beta I guess. The new assist sounds like the old Marvel vs Capcom assist. This is probably how they keep the roster from the old timeline or get fans to vote for which assist character they would like to be fully playable. If that's the case I'd welcome it.
The gaming world is still going to unofficially refer to this as Mortal Kombat 12 right?
I'll definitely get it 2 or 3 years after release when all the characters are out etc. Shouldn't have to pay over £100 to get characters that should be unlockable. I guess I'm being selfish when I say we should be able to play, progress and unlock things without paying a huge amount of money. I paid £110 for MKX and it came with a steel case and a scorpion statue so I can't justify this price
God speed to those brave enough to play this on the stinky Switch. Also, the name really sucks. We have the original Mortal Kombat (1992), Mortal Kombat (2011) and now Mortal Kombat 1. This is Xbox levels of bad.
Skipped Injustice 3
The title is so stupid I might actually skip this iteration. Can you imagine if the NFL labeled the next Super Bowl with a I.
@JohntheRaptor as someone who is not at all an expert I'm pretty sure that was Shang Tsung as the big bad. With Lui Kang having rebuilt the world peacefully and Shang coming in to defy that peace. Don't even know if Raiden was in trailer but again, I'm no expert.
@NoFaceBigFoot why would they? would it be a new reimagining of the super bowl?
Three massive fighting games incoming, not sure if I'll take the bait on any or simply wait for three complete editions! Still good to see MK, Tekken & Street Fighter all going strong!
Day 1. That's all.
@djlard W comment.
Loved the last one and I'm sure this will be no different, love the movie type aspect to it.
If I didn't know better, I'd have guessed that was a trailer for a strategy game....
A really bloody cool strategy game though.
Really excited for this. The last couple of games have been awesome.
@Magnus_Selene oh shut up will ya. im glad its being released for the Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite.
I only have a Playstation 4, X Box One S and Nintendo Switch Lite.
@Wheatly Never rule out NetherRealm — maybe it'll have a strategy mode too!
Could the gameplay look as good as those fatalities right at the end? If so it would be crazy
Hi there fellow gamers.
What a year for fighting games it´s turning out to be.
With Street Fighter 6 on June, Mortal Kombat 1 on September and Tekken 8 on the horizon.
Now for a proper gameplay trailer...... Maybe on the Playstation showcase next week orr the Xbox showcase next month or even the Summer Game Fest perhaps??? Hopefuly in one of these three events.
Can´t wait to see more.
Cheers, and happy gaming folks
@XandertheWise Well just sell the PS4 and X1 and get an Series S lmao, it costs barely more than a Switch Lite
@get2sammyb Like Deadly Alliance, which had a chess mode (IIRC)?
I'm seriously hyped! This is getting pre-ordered! (And I know I'm contributing to the problem but I love MK).
Hope there's a kool steelbook edition.
I thought the story of MK11 wasn't that great, what with that end-game time stuff and making Liu-Kang a fire god. But seeing this trailer, now I'm excited!
MK kompeting with SF this year will be interesting. I was always more favourable to MK. let's see how it goes.
@JohntheRaptor you have clearly have not seen the MK11 cutscenes.
First of all in Mortal Kombat history, Shang Tsung is the big bad of the series along with others like Shinnok, Quan Chi, and Shao Kahn. That guy in the end is Shang Tsung iirc.
Liu Kang became a fire god at the end of MK11.
@zupertramp I don't see Raiden in the trailer but it is confirmed that Raiden will appear in the game.
Kitana looks amazing though. So does Mileena and every other character.
I have only seen Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao (I think it is him), Liu Kang, Kitana, Mileena, and Shang Tsung as far as I remember.
@anoyonmus I have seen them...years ago. This is a reimagined reboot, clearly you missed that part, so it doesn't matter who was what in history. Everyone and their dog knows who the bad guys were before.
@JohntheRaptor they could still be the bad guys in the reboot timeline and that looks like to be the case.
I'm very happy it's dropping last gen as all companies should by now but if they are putting it on Switch they might as well put it on PS4 and get some of that money?
Unless the Switch version is cloud based I don't see why they wouldn't go for the extra cash? I'm just thinking from a business perspective why they would leave money on the table with them having already technically made a last version 🤔
@Juanalf Switch version isn't cloud.
I'd love to see the original 90s trilogy remade/remastered and re-released with 9, 10 and 11 as some kind of anniversary collection.
Cool trailer.mortal kombatttt.haha.word up son
@anoyonmus Raiden appears right near the beginning.
Well I assume it is him given the lightening going off in the background.
Nice trailer but same nickel and dime strategy ( preorder for more content and some digital money)
@Texan_Survivor Switch support is listed. Probs not.
LMFAO wait , wait , wait........ all that hype and teasing to just release another tease in the form of a CGI trailer advertising a pre order bonus nd release date?! Despite it releasing in a few months and being what they call a reboot and they didn't think even to flash a small montage of gameplay or in engine footage whatsoever......
wow! solid move.
@Blofse It’s always funny to me to see people complain about a 70$ price tag today when I remember buying MK2 for the SNES at Kmart for 69.99$ back in the 90s.
Gameplay trailer then I’ll get on board.
@RaZieLDaNtE Glad to see you're doing well man, always a joy to read your comments.
Hope you have a great day
@Wheatly well maybe because he is now human iirc. The hat looks like what Raiden usually wears. And then after that I assumed the person wearing monk like clothing is Kung Lao.
@RonnieL I know it was in MK2, but there was not such a difference between 1 and 2. This "hoppi" (toasty) was the best thing in fight.
@Keyblade-Dan The Kameo character thing worries me a bit too. I feel like there are quite a few characters I want to make a return and shoe-horning them into this ‘kameo’ bracket is an easy way of them making a return but (agonisingly) not as actual roster members…
@Magnus_Selene Hell no.
Cost me money to buy my Switch Lite, X Box One S and Playstation 4.
My X Box One S is the only one to even play 4K blu rays
Shell most likely pre-order the premium as soon as pre-orders go up, i adore MK and always commit for the long haul so i might as well go all in.
What is everyone excited about? Zero gameplay footage.
fighting game fans are eatting good now , mk1 , sf6 , and tekken 8
@Realist Im with you. Cinematic’s do NOTHING for me now if there isn’t some gameplay here and there. Most time when I see a new game trailer I immediately skip to the gameplay to see if it’s for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love stories, but I need to see gameplay.
@lolwhatno Hey there friend
Thanks for the words.
Haven´t been around much, but I´m still watching the new stuff in gaming.
Kinda busy with work and family, the usual.
Can´t stop playing Jedi Survivor and Zelda TOTK.
These games are so addicting. Always something else to explore and discover. I just love games like these.
Hope everything is going welll with you to.
Cheers and have a good one
@HarmanSmith Mortal Kombat Deception is the one that had the chess mode.
Deadly Alliance only has Konquest Mode
MK is good for a burst of fun but I never really understood the whole appeal. I suppose it's more of a multi-player thing rather than a solo thing. Unless there's some substantial single player campaign, I'll wait probably a couple years at the least.
I think I’m going to pass this time around. I enjoyed 11 a lot, but nothing in this trailer feels like a “must play” so far. I’m definitely interested to see gameplay, but this looks like the same old Mortal Kombat with the same old characters. A bit disappointing, honestly…
Wow I haven't played MK since PS2 but this looks pretty rad
So let me get this straight..............
The SWITCH gets a port but PS4 doesn't 🤯🤯🤯
@OmegaStriver I would double-check that. I recall buying it for $40 on the day of release.
I love this....but I worry the issues I had with MKX and 11 were the gameplay was too overwhelming for the casual mom or sister who want to play because the love the franchise. MK9 was a great game and everyone across every age enjoyed it. I cannot say the same for the last two.
Hopefully they move away from Injustice. 11 felt like an Injustice game with an MK skin
Bring back Reptile !!!!
And Smoke in ninja form !!!!
@Garethstoz time to upgrade , no need to keep making ps4 games imo.
The mythos looks good as usual. The cinematics look great. The story will be a banger, no doubt.
But i will not buy it. Just like i didn't but 11 after being burned by X. I already see micro transactions so i'm imediatly out.
Will watch the story on youtube and professional matches for entertainment, but it's not a game i want to own.
@nyXhc420 I wish I would’ve got it for 40$, I paid 70$. That’s why I remember because it really stood out to me. I remember it being slightly more expensive than other games I bought at that time.
No Kollector's Edition?
@Kanji-Tatsumi Pre-ordering is fine on other platforms. If you preorder, play the game and don't like it, then you can get a refund, no questions asked. Easy. But Playstation's terms of service won't let you refund a preorder if you even start downloading the game for 1 second (never mind actually playing it).
Sony and Nintendo reeeeally need to change this policy. It's just incredibly consumer un-friendly, IMHO, and would take away most of the leverage publishers have when offering pre-order bonuses.
Would love for the game to look like the trailer. Gotta say it looked amazing.
Hmm, maybe I'm getting old, but I think I would like to see the series step down from the ridiculous, cartoonish violence. Blasphemy, I know. And I don't say it shouldn't be bloody violent, but maybe not this over-the-top. Because this trailer had made me really excited for the "Mortal Kombat"-World until all the splatter started, which kinda corrupted the atmosphere somewhat. I know the insane and creative kills are a staple of MK games and it's certainly not a deal breaker for me, just a quick thought about how I also could imagine the series.
@OmegaStriver you know what, your right. Thanks for the refresher. I don't believe all first party games were that price, but yes the majority were. Also they have resalability which modern titles do not as much. However I will call out at the time pc games were from £10-30, which is my baseline of pricing. Then Dreamcast was £40, PS4 £50 etc. So the average has been gradually increasing and the format itself is now none existent (digital), so quite frankly it's all about profit and is of little benefit to the consumer.
What is this Dragon Krystals (premium current ) for?
Is it like on phone games when you buy these "special cheating upgrades" to be competitive against opponents?
I would love to play an MK game that included everything single character that's ever appeared in the series. Just like Nintendo did with SSB Ultimate.
I know it will never happen but it would be incredible.
Per usual I'll be awaiting a few years for a dirt cheap sale on the Complete Edition. I never buy fighting games at full price/launch.
@XandertheWise Oh, thank you very much. You're right, I messed up the two titles!
Pay to win virtual currency nonsense, no thanks.
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