It’s in our blood to scream for Mortal Kombat. 30 years after the trailer drop for the original Mortal Kombat game, NetherRealm Studios has released a new live-action trailer for Mortal Kombat 1 that pays homage to its 1993 days.
Titled “It’s In Our Blood”, it stars actor and retired pro wrestler Dave Bautista as he takes to the streets with a group of people from all walks of life, and encourages them to embrace their inner warriors. All of them, hyped up from the rally, then manifest various abilities in line with the franchise’s characters while yelling “Mortal Kombat!” — just like in the original trailer.
Interestingly, Bautista’s role seems to mirror that of Liu Kang, who in Mortal Kombat 11, created a new universe where he becomes the Fire God. Mortal Kombat 1 is the next entry in the franchise, serving both as a sequel to the 2019 title and the series’ second reboot, following 2011’s Mortal Kombat (yes, it’s confusing).
This new trailer is a welcome blast from the past for those familiar with the 1993 Mortal Monday ad, which featured the signature “MORTAL KOMBAAAT” scream. “The original Mortal Monday commercial earmarked the beginning of our journey into making games for home gaming systems,” said co-creator Ed Boon. “It’s amazing to pay homage to such a memorable moment in Mortal Kombat history as we get ready to launch our newest game, Mortal Kombat 1.”
Mortal Kombat 1 is coming to PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch on 19 September. It will take up 100GB of available storage space, and is set to deliver a bloodbath with its gruesome fatalities. A gamescom 2023 preview also offered a first look at Invasion mode, described as a “a single-player experience like a board game full of exploration and power-ups, like an amped-up and ultra-violent Mario Party session taking place in Mortal Kombat 1.”