Mortal Kombat 1: Release date, platforms, trailer, fighters, more

Andrew Highton

Mortal Kombat 1 marks the twelfth mainline entry in the MK franchise. NetherRealm has delivered another sumptuous package of vicious violence, and we’ve whipped up a detailed hub of everything you need to know.

Mortal Kombat 1 offers a fresh take on an already deep, detailed, and dark world. It reboots the complex universe where good fights evil and MK1 sees the forces of Earthrealm once again go to war with the presence of Outworld.

The devs over at NetherRealm have made some key changes to the MK format. Kameo fighters now reshape the way a match of MK plays out. Alongside that, the new Invasion Mode presents a unique single-player offering never seen before in a Mortal Kombat title.

For all this and more, check out the rest of our Mortal Kombat 1 hub.


Release date

NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 1 is out now and released on September 19, 2023.

The game’s launch day has finally arrived. So prepare yourself for a feisty fight!


Mortal Kombat 1 is now out on the following platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

So last-gen users unfortunately miss out on the newest MK extravaganza. However, it is a rare multi-platform, AAA treat for Nintendo Switch players.


After a long wait, the suspense was finally lifted on May 18, 2023, when the Official Announcement Trailer for the game dropped.

You can check it out below.

As well as this initial trailer, a proper look at the combat of the upcoming game was revealed at the Summer Game Fest. For those wanting to get a closer look at the gory combat, the trailer can be viewed here.

Here’s the official Lin Kuei trailer featuring a returning Smoke.

The Umgadi trailer brings back popular Tarkatan warriors in Mileena and Baraka.

Geras announced his own impactful return via the Official Keepers of Time trailer for MK1.

“Banished” reintroduced long-time favorite Reptile back to MK.

The presence of Sindel and Shao Kahn – now General Shao – was made official in the Rulers of Outworld trailer.

Hype levels for the game were raised higher when self-confessed MK fan Dave Bautista starred in one of the game’s final trailers.

Megan Fox plays the returning Nitara in Mortal Kombat 1 trailer, and you can check this out here.

Ed Boon has famously been trying to secure the services of Jean-Claude Van Damme for years, and the MK co-creator has finally gotten his wish.


Mortal Kombat 1 features a healthy bunch of fighters from previous eras. So, here’s a list of every confirmed fighter in the game so far:


  • Ashrah
  • Baraka
  • Geras
  • Havik
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kenshi
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Li Mei
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Nitara
  • Raiden
  • Rain
  • Reiko
  • Reptile
  • Scorpion
  • Shang Tsung
  • Shao Kahn
  • Sindel
  • Smoke
  • Sub-Zero
  • Tanya


  • Ermac
  • Quan Chi
  • Takeda Takahashi
  • Homelander
  • Peacemaker
  • Omni-Man

That’s everything we know about NetherRealm’s brutal brawler so far. If you’re looking for info on even more upcoming games, check out our other detailed hubs down below:

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