‘Mortal Kombat 1’ Gameplay Trailer Promises Beautiful Bloodbath And Gruesome Fatalities

Following its official announcement last month, Mortal Kombat 1 has received a brand new trailer at the Summer Game Fest, and it looks as gloriously bloody and violent as fans would hope. The first gameplay reel showed off a chain of brutal fatalities, great environmental detail, and a delightfully gory feast of quick combat, along with a first real look at assist characters (known otherwise as Kameos).

A new addition to the upcoming game, Kameo fighters are chosen after selecting the main brawler, and can be summoned multiple times during a fight with a single button press. It’s a mechanic that makes combo execution more versatile and flexible, as any character can be combined with any other Kameo fighter — including those on the main roster. What this means is a possible team-up between say, Sub-Zero and Sub-Zero, or Scorpion and Scorpion. Apart from the two, the other known Kameo fighters are Sonya Blade, Kano, Goro, Kung Lao, Stryker, and Jax.

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The primary roster, meanwhile, will consist of the following key characters:

  • Johnny Cage
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Raiden
  • Scorpion
  • Shang Tsung
  • Sub-Zero
Mortal Kombat 1 Gameplay Trailer

It should be noted that Shang Tsung is only available via pre-order. Series creator Ed Boon also took to the stage after the trailer announcement to detail that the game will take place in a “new timeline”, where the all-too-familiar character stories are told in a reimagined “reboot” sort of way, and to confirm Jean-Claude Van Damme as the voice of Johnny Cage. Previously, a Jean-Claude Van Damme skin was announced for the character, so that’s a nice bonus for fans.

Mortal Kombat 1 crushes its way to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC on 19 September, with beta access available in August for those who pre-order.