In a nostalgic nod to the Mortal Kombat franchise, NetherRealm Studios is bringing back cherished characters into the limelight with Mortal Kombat 1, marking a leap into the New Era.
This exciting trailer unveils the thrilling return of iconic characters, including Reptile, Ashrah, and Havik, all of whom are set to rejoin the ranks of playable characters. Notably, Sareena will also make her return, albeit in a Kameo Fighter capacity.
The trailer offers a glimpse into the selection of characters from earlier Mortal Kombat installments, making a triumphant return in Mortal Kombat 1 as both playable characters and Kameo Fighters.
Leading the resurgence is none other than Reptile, a ninja character with an extensive history in the Mortal Kombat series, dating back to the original 1992 arcade game.
Previously a hidden character, Reptile possesses the unique ability to transition between human and formidable lizard forms. In the New Era timeline, his dual nature led to his ostracization from his own kind. Presently, Reptile allies with Lord Liu Kang, dedicating his skills to the protection of Earthrealm.
Venturing deeper, Ashrah emerges as the next playable character to grace the scene. Debuting in Mortal Kombat: Deception, Ashrah, a demon originating from the Netherrealm, Earthrealm's infernal counterpart, steps into the spotlight. Having purged her soul of malevolence, she stands apart from her demon kin, striving for peace over pandemonium. This deviation earned her exile from the Netherrealm.
Completing the trinity of returnees is Havik, another Mortal Kombat: Deception alum, known for his utterly unpredictable and chaotic fighting style. Hailing from the tumultuous Chaosrealm, Havik thrives in an environment dominated by turmoil and anarchy. His mission revolves around sowing discord and dismantling order, even if it entails the sacrifice of lives and entire realms.
The trailer also tantalizingly unveils Sareena, a character originating from the spin-off game Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero.
Sareena's role takes a unique twist as she assumes the position of a Kameo Fighter, providing invaluable support to players during combat.
As the countdown to the release of Mortal Kombat 1 continues, anticipation builds with each passing day. The expansion of the character roster, particularly drawing from the often-overlooked era of PlayStation 2 Mortal Kombat titles, resonates strongly with long-standing enthusiasts. Notably, the reimagination of Reptile, infused with inspiration from Mortal Kombat 2, pays homage to the series' legacy.
The future holds the promise of further surprises as NetherRealm Studios prepares to resurrect additional cherished characters from Mortal Kombat's rich history. Till then, fans must exercise patience until the game's launch on September 19, 2023, across Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.