'Mortal Kombat 1' Release Date: Story, Characters, and More

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We're not going to lie here, folks - we were starting to get really antsy while waiting for the initial reveal of NetherRealm Studios' post-Mortal Kombat 11 project. Then came May 18, 2023 - the CGI story trailer finally came our way for the latest entry in the bloodiest and goriest fighting game franchise of all time. Mortal Kombat 1 has now been unveiled and it is set to drop a lot sooner than anyone could have ever expected. And to everyone's surprise, this next round of brutal beatdowns will mark the second storyline reboot for Mortal Kombat. Before you all enter the "peaceful" realm of Fire God Lui Kang, allow us to delve into all the integral details surrounding Mortal Kombat 1's release date, storyline, playable characters, assist-based "Kameo" assist fighters, and so much more.

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Release Date

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Mortal Kombat 1 is slated to drop on September 14, 2023, for recipients of the game's Kollector's Edition and Premium Edition, while purchasers of the Standard Edition will be able to access the game on September 19, 2023. The pre-order bonus for all three editions of the game is access to Shang Tsung as a playable character.

The Kollector's Edition comes with the base game, access to the pre-order beta for either the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, one-week early access to the game's extra characters (six playable and five "Kameo" characters), a Jean-Claude Van Damme skin for Johnny Cage, 2700 "Dragon Krystals" (which is in-game currency), a Fire God Lui Kang sculpture, coarse art prints, an exclusive steel bookcase, and a limited edition in-game color variant for Lui Kang. If you choose to go with the Premium Edition, you'll get access to the base game, access to the pre-order beta, one-week early access to the game's extra characters, a Jean-Claude Van Damme skin for Johnny Cage, and 1250 Dragon Krystals.

And finally, buyers of the Standard Edition will get the base game and access to the pre-order beta.



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MK1 splits up its roster into two categories, which are playable characters and Kameo fighters. Check out the list below to see the full list of launch characters announced thus far:

Playable Characters

  • Ashrah
  • Baraka
  • General Shao
  • Geras
  • Johnny Cage
  • Havik
  • Kenshi Takahashi
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Li Mei
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Nitara
  • Raiden
  • Rain
  • Reiko
  • Reptile
  • Scorpion
  • Shang Tsung (Pre-Order Bonus)
  • Sindel
  • Smoke
  • Sub-Zero
  • Tanya

Kameo Characters

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

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