Mortal Kombat 1: Latest news, release date, leaks, rumors

Mortal Kombat 1 Key Art Trailer

Mortal Kombat 1 is set to be the second reboot of the series, after having previously rebooted the franchise back in 2011 with Mortal Kombat.

This new game will see the Fire-God Liu Kang continue on from the events of Mortal Kombat 11 as he takes the realms back in time before the first Mortal Kombat tournament that kicked off the franchise in 1992.

Here is everything you need to know about Mortal Kombat 1.

Mortal Kombat 1 Release Date

Mortal Kombat 1 will be released on September 19, 2023, making it the first mainline release since Mortal Kombat 11 which was released four years ago in 2019.

Mortal Kombat 1 Platforms

Mortal Kombat 1 Kitana And Mileena Promo
Credit: WB Games

Mortal Kombat 1 will bypass the last generation of consoles and will not be released on the PS4 or Xbox One.

Instead, it will only be released on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.

Mortal Kombat 1 Trailer

Check out the most recent trailers for Mortal Kombat 1, which showcase many of the returning characters and the story for the game.

Mortal Kombat 1 Pre-Order Bonuses

All players pre-ordering any edition of the game will receive Shang Tsung as a playable character. He will become a purchasable character later, but if you want to play as the sorcerer at launch, you will need to pre-order.

PS5 and Xbox Series X owners will also receive access to the upcoming beta between August 18th-21st. Unfortunately, PC and Nintendo Switch players won’t be able to take part in this beta.

Mortal Kombat 1 Editions Compared

Mortal Kombat 1 Editions Compared
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There are three different editions of Mortal Kombat 1 to choose from, each with more features and items and an increase in price for each tier.

These Mortal Kombat 1 editions are:

  • Standard Edition
  • Premium Edition
  • Kollector’s Edition

Here is what is included in each edition:

Standard Edition

  • Shang Tsung pre-order bonus
  • Access to pre-order beta (PS5/Xbox Series X only)

Premium Edition

  • Everything included in the Standard Edition
  • Early access from September 14th
  • 6 new playable characters
  • 5 new Kameo characters
  • 1-week early access to DLC characters (the characters listed above)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme skin for Johnny Cage
  • 1,250 Dragon Krystals (in-game currency)

Kollector’s Edition (Physical)

  • Everything included in the Premium Edition
  • 2,700 Dragon Krystals (this replaces the 1,250 from the Premium Edition)
  • 16.5-inch Liu Kang sculpture designed by COARSE with signature glow-in-the-dark-details
  • Art prints inspired by Mortal Kombat 1
  • Exclusive steel case
  • Exclusive limited edition Liu-Kang in-game color variant inspired by the COARSE sculpture

Mortal Kombat 1 Price

  • Mortal Kombat 1 Standard Edition: $69.99/£54.99
  • Mortal Kombat 1 Premium Edition: $109.99/£84.99
  • Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector’s Edition: $249.99/£239.99

Every Confirmed Character In Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1 Fighters
Credit: WB Games

Here is every character that has been confirmed for Mortal Kombat 1 so far. These are in the base roster that is included in the game.

  • Ashrah
  • Baraka
  • Geras
  • Havik
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kenshi Takahashi
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Li Mei
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Raiden
  • Rain
  • Reptile
  • Scorpion
  • Shang Tsung (Pre-Order Bonus/Future Purchasable Character)
  • Smoke
  • Sub-Zero
  • Tanya

What Are Kameo Fighters?

Mortal Kombat 1 Smoke And Cyrax Promo
Credit: WB Games

Kameo Fighters are a new feature in Mortal Kombat 1 and act as secondary characters to fight alongside you. The mechanic will work similarly to games such as Marvel vs. Capcom and act as an assist. By pressing a certain button you will summon your Kameo Fighter to jump in and perform an attack on your opponent.

Here are all of the confirmed characters that will be selectable as Kameo Fighters, some characters will only be featured in this role.

  • Cyrax
  • Darrius
  • Frost
  • Goro
  • Jax Briggs
  • Kano
  • Kung Lao
  • Sareena
  • Scorpion
  • Sektor
  • Sonya Blade
  • Stryker
  • Sub-Zero

The DLC Characters Have Already Been Revealed

Like the previous entries in the series, we can expect to see numerous sets of DLC. The first Kombat Pack has already been revealed and will feature six new characters as well as more Kameo Fighters.

One of the most exciting things about Kombat Pack 1 is that it features three fighters from IPs outside of Mortal Kombat, they have been noted in the list below.

Kombat Pack 1

  • Ermac
  • Homelander (The Boys)
  • Omni-Man (Invincible)
  • Peacemaker (Suicide Squad)
  • Quan Chi
  • Takeda Takahashi
  • Ferra (Kameo Fighter)
  • Johnny Cage (Kameo Fighter)
  • Khameleon (Kameo Fighter)
  • Mavado (Kameo Fighter)
  • Tremor (Kameo Fighter)

Mortal Kombat 1 PC Requirements

Mortal Kombat 1 Sub Zero Liu Kang In A Match Promo
Credit: WB Games

Check out the PC requirements for Mortal Kombat 1, can your PC run it?

Minimum Requirements

OS: Windows 10 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-6600 | AMD Ryzen™ 3 3100 or Ryzen™ 5 2600
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce® GTX 980 or AMD Radeon™ RX 470 or Intel® Arc™ A750
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 100 GB available space

Recommended Requirements

OS: Windows 10/11 64-bit
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-8400 | AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600X
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti or AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT or Intel® Arc™ A770
DirectX: Version 12
Storage: 100 GB available space

Overall, the requirements for Mortal Kombat 1 are very reasonable for a AAA game in 2023. It is to be expected as fighting games typically don’t push PCs to their limits. As long as your build is modern then you should have no problem playing Mortal Kombat 1.

READ MORE: The Most Demanding PC Games

Mortal Kombat 1 Achievements/Trophies

The achievements and trophies for Mortal Kombat 1 haven’t been released yet. We will update this section as soon as they become available.

About Mortal Kombat 1

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!

Similar Games To Mortal Kombat 1

2023 is turning out to be a fantastic year for fighting game fans. In addition to Mortal Kombat 1, the two other biggest franchises, Street Fighter and Tekken, are also set to see new releases.

Street Fighter 6 was released in June 2023 to critical acclaim and has helped bring the series back to its glory days. And Tekken 8 is due to release at some time in 2023 but no release date has been given.

We highly recommend you check out both of these games, but here are some more fighting games that are similar to Mortal Kombat 1 that you should check out.

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 Key Art
Credit: WB Games

Mortal Kombat 11 is the most recent entry in the series and the third title in the previous reboot of the franchise. The game’s story mode is one of the best in the series, which has a lot of implications for the future of the franchise. If you’re waiting for Mortal Kombat 1 to release then now is the perfect time to check this entry out.

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 Key Art
Credit: Bandai Namco

Tekken 8 is due to be released in a few months, so what better time to play Tekken 7? If you’re a fan of 3D fighting games then Tekken is arguably the pinnacle of the genre.

Tekken 7 features a stacked roster with all of the main characters present, as well as many DLC fighters including Negan from The Walking Dead.

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V Key Art
Credit: Capcom

With Street Fighter 6 now out, it does make Street Fighter 5 a bit redundant, but this is still a fantastic entry in the series to check out.

SoulCalibur VI

SoulCalibur 6 Key Art
Credit: Bandai Namco

SoulCalibur 6 can be described as Tekken with weapons. If you enjoy games like Tekken then you should like the SoulCalibur series too.

Injustice 2

Injustice 2 Key Art
Credit: Warner Bros

The Injustice series came about as an evolution of the collaborative Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe game that was released in 2008, pitting characters from Mortal Kombat and DC together. After many years we could see plenty of dream matches such as Scorpion vs. Joker.

Injustice 2 plays like Mortal Kombat but features DC characters including Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn, and Aquaman.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ Key Art
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Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 3v3 fighting game similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom. If you’re a fan of Dragon Ball Z then this is a great entry and something different to what most games from the franchise are. The game also features a more unique story mode that for once doesn’t just follow the events of the anime.

Mortal Kombat 1 will be released on September 19, 2023, on PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.

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