Most of the information about the new Mortal Kombat game have been kept under wraps, but the most recent trailer has shown some plot points, characters, and settings.
Mortal Kombat 1, or Mortal Kombat 12, has been in development for a long time. The creators have said that this is the longest they have ever worked on a single game. Players have been waiting for something big since they haven’t heard anything about this game since Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath came out and support for Mortal Kombat 11 stopped so fast.
Even though there have been a lot of news releases and small bits of information so far, the trailer set the stage for a new era of Mortal Kombat. It has hinted at a lot of changes to come that could change the course of the whole series.
Raiden Is Human
The first parts of the trailer show two Kombatants who are wearing hats. One of them is clearly Kung Lao, but it’s not clear who the other one is. Some people think it’s the “great” Kung Lao. But it’s much more likely that this is Raiden when he doesn’t have his strength. Not only does his hat look like Raiden’s, but he also wears Raiden’s medallion around his waist, and there was also a thunder sign.
Even though this hasn’t been confirmed yet, it seems possible that players will be able to see a human Raiden in this game, which has never happened before. This has made people wonder what part he plays in the story and how his moves might change.
Liu Kang Is A Fire God
In MK11 and the Aftermath update, Liu Kang was the main character. Near the end of the game, he not only had some of Kronika’s skills, but his appearance also changed to show that he was now a full-fledged Fire God.
From the trailer, it’s clear that Liu Kang was able to change the world the way he wanted to, and that he now rules over it like Raiden does. He can clearly change the past back to before the first Mortal Kombat competition and the invasion that followed it.
A Different Scorpion & Sub Zero Dynamic
The fight between Scorpion and Sub Zero is one of the most famous and well-known in video games. Both of these kombatants are well-known, and their competition is often a big part of the story. Since MK11 shows players a different relationship between the two, where they work together and respect each other, it seems that in Liu Kang’s new timeline, the two are friends who stand together when things go wrong.
Another small change goes along with this. When Sub Zero showed off his cyromancy, his friend didn’t catch fire. It looks like this is normal Hanzo Hashashi, who hasn’t turned into Scorpion yet.
Hints To Konquest Mode?
Player choice was a big part of MK11. This was especially clear in Aftermath, where players could choose between the “good” and “bad” endings. In the “good” ending, Liu Kang gets to change the past, while in the “bad” ending, Shang Tsung wins.
This new trailer pays a lot of attention to Liu Kang’s narration, and a lot of what he says seems to be about decisions and how he feels about the results. “In my new era, it’s up to you to decide.” All of the video seems to be a warning to the player. Even though this might not lead to a fully fleshed-out Konquest mode, it does show that a big part of this game will be about how players or certain characters make decisions.
Edenia Is Not Destroyed
Edenia is Kitana’s home country, and it is clear that it has not been destroyed. This is a big change from the last few Mortal Kombat games, which always seemed to enjoy destroying everything. Even though this could just be bait and Shao Kahn could easily come in and destroy it, the place seems to be in good shape right now.
This could mean that Edenia gets more attention than Earthrealm and Outworld. Maybe figures from Eden like Tanya, Rain, and Daegon will get some attention in the next game.
Mileena Is Back
Netherrealm Studios seems to have avoided drama and controversy by stating Mileena is in the base Snake Game, instead of all the hints and teases they did last time. She also looks a little bit different and doesn’t seem to want to kill her sister Kitana.
In fact, the two are seen travelling together, and it’s likely that one of them is the ruler of Edenia and the other is their protection. This is another new route that was hinted at in the trailer, and it fits well with the promise that the original characters will be re-imagined.
Shang Tsung Is Stronger Than Ever
Shang Tsung is back in the main plot of Mortal Kombat, and he seems to be very strong. Shang is shown to easily defeat some of the most powerful characters in the franchise’s past, like Sub Zero, Scorpion, Kung Lao, and Kitana. Shang has always been a force to be reckoned with, but this extra power could be a sign that he also won the final fight in Aftermath.
With the new direction of time travel and timelines, it’s possible that this Shang Tsung is from a split reality where he beat Liu Kang and is now able to destroy Liu Kang’s perfect world. This is just an idea, but his great strength and the fact that he seems to come out of a magic ring that teleports him make it seem likely. Shang Tsung will be an important bad guy in Mortal Kombat 1, which is a big change from MKX and MK11, where he didn’t have much to do.
On September 19, 2023, Playstation, Xbox, and PC users will be able to get Mortal Kombat 1.