Did you notice all of these things in the trailer for Mortal Kombat 1?
There’s always more going on than what you can see. Mortal Kombat 1 was announced a long time ago, but we just got a trailer with gameplay, story bits, Ed Boon’s thoughts on the game, and people playing it at Summer Game Fest. And that gives us a taste of what our next bloody competition will be like.
There’s a lot to say about the new world we’re about to enter, from the big facts that are used to sell the game to the small details that pop up here and there. So, let’s start.
Main Roster And Kameo Fighters
Even though this is talked about a lot, it’s still good to clear it up. Mortal Kombat will have two different sets of characters. The characters you’ll play during the match are on the main list. The Kameo fighter you choose is a character you can sometimes call on for help. For example, you can play as Scorpion and tell Kano to use his cannonball move during a fight. To do these moves, press the R1/RB button, and the move will change based on which way you’re pointing.
Some characters, like Sub-Zero, will be on both rosters, but it’s likely that some characters will only be on one squad or the other. But since we don’t have the full names for either team, we can only guess who will be on each one. Also, you can use Kameo fighters instead of your main character to do the Fatality. These Fatalities, like everything else about Kameo fighters, are based on how they looked and moved before.
3D Era Representation
During his talks, Boon sure gives us too much. Since we’ve talked about the game’s two teams, we also know that Mortal Kombat 1 will have characters from the 3D era. This means that there will be more strange people in Mortal Kombat 1.
We don’t know how that will work, though. Does that mean that figures like Ashrah could be a part of the main story, or will they be lumped in with the Kameo fighters? Just wait and see.
One of the most important parts of the advertising is that this is a reboot—well, sort of. Technically, this is a continuation of Mortal Kombat 1, in which Liu Kang, who is now a God, rebuilds the world that was lost. But he is the only one who knows how things used to be. Everyone else has forgotten.
So, even though there are a lot of known faces back, don’t expect them to act the same. Boon has already hinted that Scorpion and Sub-Zero are brothers. It’s hard to tell if he meant they were linked by blood or were part of the same clan, but either way, it’s a new way to look at both of them.
Do you remember the lovely things the characters say to each other before they fight? NetherRealm companies started this trend with Mortal Kombat, and they continue it with the Injustice games as well. They’re back, but this time they’re up to something clever.
Instead of having a cutscene before the fight, the characters talk to each other when they are both approved on the character selection screen. So, Penalty Kick Online hides the short loading time by making it look like the game is ready to go by the time they finish talking. These conversations also tell us about the story, which led us to find out some extra facts.
We have more than one person who goes by the name “Sub-Zero.” The first one was written by Bi-Han, who wasn’t the nicest guy, and when he died, his younger brother Kuai Liang took over. Then Bi-Han changes into Noob Saibot, but that’s a different topic.
But in the talks that happen before the fights, Liu Kang calls Sub-Zero “Bi-Han,” which confirms that we’re back to the original. Does that mean someone is going to hurt me? What’s up with Kuai Liang? Scorpion and Sub-Zero are brothers in this version, which also makes Kuai Liang and Hanzo connected. It will be interesting to see how these changes change things.
Liu Kang also tells Kitana that Jade will be important to her during these talks before the fight. Kitana and Jade have always been close, so this is not a surprise. It is strange, though, that Jade is called “Countess Jade.”
But that only means that she’s in Mortal Kombat 1. She could be a major character, a Kameo fighter, or just a character you can’t play as. Let’s be hopeful, though, and hope for both teams.
Mileena, Heir To The Throne
Kitana’s love for Mileena is one last interesting bit of history that came up in the talks before the fight. We don’t know if Mileena is the Queen or the heir, and we’ll explain why in a moment. We don’t even know if she is in charge of Edenia, Outworld, or both. But, for whatever reason, the throne is either hers or will be hers instead of Kitana.
But Mileena’s change will change her future as Queen and her bond with Kitana. At least, that’s what the conversations seem to suggest. It will be interesting to see how that turns out.
Sindel Appears In Mortal Kombat 1
You saw her, right? If you didn’t, we won’t think less of you. In one of the trailers, we get a quick look at what looks like a map of Edenia, but this has not been proven. Still, you can quickly see that the throne is not empty, which is a good sign that this is Eden.
You can see Sindel there. She is in the same position as Jade, though. She could be on either roster, both rosters, or neither roster. Just wait and see. That also raises questions about Mileena. She might be Sindel’s child instead of Kitana, but we don’t know why or how that will work out yet.