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All You Need to Know About the Incoming Mortal Kombat 1

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
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Theme cover | Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat 1 is almost here! It will be released in just a few days, and fans of Mortal Kombat have been really excited about it ever since they first heard about it earlier this year. The last Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat 11, came out more than four years ago and was one of the best-selling fighting games ever, selling over 15 million copies. So, we're really looking forward to seeing what NetherRealm Studios has in store for us this time.


Mortal Kombat 1 will have new characters and familiar ones from past games. There will also be new stages to fight on, new ways to play the game, cool finishing moves called fatalities, a new Kameo system, and much more exciting stuff. It seems like Mortal Kombat 1 will be the most extensive and most impressive game in the series so far! 


Be sure to bookmark this guide because it contains all the vital information about Mortal Kombat 1, which includes details about the game's release, how to pre-order it, the computer requirements, and when you can play it before others.


Release date of Mortal Kombat 1

If you're eagerly anticipating Mortal Kombat 1, you'll be pleased to know that it's set to release on September 19, 2023. However, if you're eager to play it sooner, you can purchase the Premium Edition and start playing on September 14, 2023.


Mortal Kombat 1 gameplay motion screenshot
Gameplay | Mortal Kombat


This exciting game will be available on several gaming consoles, including PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. NetherRealm, the company responsible for Mortal Kombat 1, has confirmed these details.

Mortal Kombat 1 PC Requirements

Even though Mortal Kombat 1 is built on the aging Unreal Engine 4, it manages to push the boundaries of this engine with its incredibly detailed environments, stunning character models, and a plethora of breathtaking visual effects. Interestingly, despite opting for Unreal Engine 4 instead of its more advanced successor, the game is designed to be highly adaptable to a wide range of PC hardware setups.


So, without further ado, let's take a closer look at the minimum and recommended PC specifications you'll need to enjoy Mortal Kombat 1 to the fullest.

Minimum Requirements:

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

Recommended Requirements:

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

Pre-order details for Mortal Kombat 1

At the beginning, there will be three different editions of the game you can buy. When you get one of them, you can unlock special characters like Shang Tsung, who is only in this game, or a character based on the actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, called Johnny Cage.


Screengrab of Mortal Kombat 1
Characters | Mortal Kombat


Plus, you can try out the game early if you get access to the closed beta test. If you want to ensure you get a particular physical version of the game, it might be a good idea to pre-order Mortal Kombat 1.


Here are the pre-ordering packages explained.

Mortal Kombat 1 Standard Edition 

This edition of Mortal Kombat 1 costs £64.99/$69.99. It comes with just the main game. If you order it before it's released, you'll get special extra stuff as a bonus. 


Mortal Kombat 1 Premium Edition 

The special edition of Mortal Kombat 1, called the Premium Edition, costs £89.99/$109.99. It comes with the main game, just like the regular edition, but it also has some extra considerations. You can get it starting from September 14, 2023.


Here's what you get:

  • You can start playing the game on September 14 before others.
  • You'll get 1,250 Dragon Krystals, which you can use in the game.
  • There's something called the Kombat Pack. It lets you play as six new characters before most players can. One of them is Johnny Cage, who actor Jean-Claude Van Damme inspires. You'll also get access to five new Kameo Fighters, but you'll have to wait a bit for them after the launch.


Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector's Edition 

The Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector’s Edition has features in the premium edition and can only be purchased physically in stores. You can get it starting from September 14th, 2023. Here's what you get extra in this edition:

  • A giant 16.5-inch sculpture of Liu Kang made by COARSE.
  • Three unique art prints.
  • A strong metal case.
  • 1,450 more Dragon Krystals.
  • A special skin for the in-game character Liu Kang.

Mortal Kombat 1 Gameplay 

Mortal Kombat 1 is a game that might seem similar to its earlier editions of Mortal Kombat games, but it has some neat changes. Netherrealm Studios added something called "Kameo fighters." These fighters are like helpers you can bring into the fight. It's a bit like when superheroes team up in games like Marvel vs. Capcom. These Kameo fighters make you stronger and can also do their own super moves called fatalities.


Mortal Kombat 1 gameplay screenshot from official trailer
Gameplay screengrab | Mortal Kombat


But wait, there's more to these Kameo fighters! They can team up with the principal warriors to perform X-ray moves, which are intense and painful-looking attacks that involve breaking bones together.


If you're a Mortal Kombat fan, you'll be glad to know that Mortal Kombat 1 has everything you love. There's also a big story mode called Kombat Towers, where you can climb the ranks, online tournaments, and more. It's like a buffet of Mortal Kombat fun.


Now, let's talk about the gameplay itself. It's not for those who can't handle intense stuff. It's very bloody, brutal, and violent. The finishing moves, known as Fatalities, are so crazy that they might make your stomach feel strange. But don't get too caught up in the gore because what's really cool is how fantastic the fights look.


The game's characters retain their signature moves, but now they can execute impressive new combos during fights. The backgrounds are teeming with details, and the stages are intricately designed and visually stunning. The characters' appearances are impressive, and the cinematic cutscenes add to the feeling of being in an action-packed movie.