Very few preventing franchises can pull individuals in with their tales the way in which Mortal Kombat can, and NetherRealm Studios, in fact, has a superb knack for leveraging that. With the upcoming Mortal Kombat 1, actually, it’s most likely doing that higher than it ever has, because of its promise of a rebooted universe that’ll take every part acquainted about this long-running franchise and twist it and current it in fully new methods. It’s no shock, then, that Mortal Kombat followers have a glut of theories about what Mortal Kombat 1’s story will deliver, based mostly on the various glorious trailers we’ve seen of it so far- and we embody ourselves in that group. As such, right here, we’re going to go over a number of of our theories concerning the upcoming reboot’s story that we really feel have a good probability of proving correct.
Word: This text could have main story spoilers.
SCORPION, SUB-ZERO, AND… NOOB SAIBOT?
The age-old rivalry between Scorpion and Sub-Zero has been the spine of the Mortal Kombat franchise since its very inception, so in fact, how that’ll be dealt with in Mortal Kombat 1 has been a giant focus for the fanbase. And the reboot is definitely performing some attention-grabbing issues right here. Bi-Han, who was Sub-Zero within the unique Mortal Kombat sport, and later returned as Noob Saibot, is as soon as once more taking over the mantle in MK1. In the meantime, his youthful brother Kuai Liang, who has been Sub-Zero for the huge, overwhelming majority of the franchise’s lifespan, is as a substitute going to be Scorpion on this universe.
Sub-Zero and Scorpion being brothers by blood is an attention-grabbing sufficient twist because it is- however in fact, an excellent most attention-grabbing query that arises right here, the place the heck is Hanzo Hasashi, who was and at all times has been Scorpion? Not solely will this be the primary time that we’ll be seeing a unique character taking over the Scorpion persona, up to now, there’s additionally no phrase in any way of what function he’ll play within the story. In a latest interview with IGN, narrative director Dominic Cianciolo was unwilling to touch upon the identical, and stated nothing past the truth that saying something could be a “spoiler”, which implies we will safely assume Hanzo does exist on this universe.
However the place is he? Might or not it’s, maybe, that he’ll tackle the mantle of Noob Saibot on this universe? In any case, this new timeline already has a Scorpion. So if Hanzo does certainly have a job to play within the story, may or not it’s as Noob Saibot? Oh, and talking of Hanzo, does the Shirai Ryu clan nonetheless exist on this new timeline? As a result of up to now, we haven’t heard a peep about it.
The royal household that guidelines over Outworld goes to be composed a bit otherwise in Mortal Kombat 1 than what we’ve grown accustomed to over time. Kitana and Mileena are nonetheless the Princesses (although they’re twins on this new timeline, reasonably than the latter being a genetic clone of the previous), and Sindel, who’s very a lot alive and in no want of resurrection, is the Empress. Nonetheless, Shao Kahn, who’s the one you consider first whenever you consider Outworld as a complete, is not the Emperor of the realm in Mortal Kombat 1.
He’ll as a substitute seem as Common Shao, the supreme commander of Outworld’s armies, and a fearsome warrior (who now has horns rising out of his head), with the ruler of Outworld being Jerrod, who has died by the point MK1 begins (in line with Sindel’s bio on the official Mortal Kombat web site). That raises some attention-grabbing questions- in earlier timelines, Sindel and Jerrod have been the Queen and King of the realm of Edenia, with Jerrod being murdered by Shao Kahn when Outworld invaded and conquered the realm. Following that, Sindel was compelled into changing into the Queen of Outworld, together with her daughter Kitana, who had no blood relation to Shao Kahn, changing into the Princess.
However with Sindel, Jerrod, and Kitana all being precise Outworld natives in Mortal Kombat 1, what does that imply for the realm of Edenia? Hell, even Rain is now an Outworld native. Although it may be a little bit of a drastic measure on NeatherRealm’s half, it positive looks like the complete realm has been left on the chopping ground on this rebooted universe. It’s both that, or the conflict between Outworld and Edenia occurred on this universe as nicely, solely this time, Edenia gained and merged with Outworld reasonably than the opposite method round. That will additionally clarify why Outworld is so lush and exquisite on this new timeline.
THE RULERS OF OUTWORLD
Sindel is the Empress of Outworld in Mortal Kombat 1, whereas Mileena is subsequent in line- however is Common Shao going to have completely no ambitions for the throne? Apparently sufficient, his character bio on the official Mortal Kombat web site does counsel he would possibly find yourself locking horns with Sindel sooner or later. It reads, “Although Common Shao is sworn to serve the Empress, his loyalty is to Outworld. If Sindel’s rule ever endangers Outworld, he would be the first to attempt to finish it.” Based mostly on that, we gained’t be shocked if Shao finally ends up main a mutiny in opposition to Sindel and winds up because the Outworld Emperor we’ve at all times identified him as by the point the story involves an finish.
That, nevertheless, just isn’t the one principle we have now about Mortal Kombat 1 that’s associated to Outworld’s management. Nicely, truly, this one is extra of a hope than a story- that the unique, historical ruler of the realm from the unique timeline, Dragon King Onaga, finally ends up having a job to play within the story as nicely. How or the place he’ll match into the story is tough to determine based mostly on what we all know of the sport up to now, however Onaga being the ultimate boss of the story mode would definitely be a suitably epic conclusion.
KRONIKA AND KAMEO FIGHTERS
The best way Mortal Kombat 11 ended, we wouldn’t have anticipated that Kronika could be coming again into the image anytime quickly once more, however as revealed within the recently-released footage of the primary 20 minutes of Mortal Kombat 1’s story mode, she’s most definitely again. Despite the fact that she isn’t explicitly named, the mysterious girl proven speaking to Shang Tsung (who’s now a easy conman as a substitute of a sorcerer) seems to be and sounds an terrible lot like Kronika, and he or she definitely appears to have the identical air about her, what with the gran guarantees she makes to Shang Tsung.
So what precisely is she doing on this timeline? Nicely, it’s protected to imagine that, very similar to Liu Kang and Geras, she’s conscious of the occasions of all different timelines. She is, in spite of everything, the Keeper of Time (or was at the least), and the perks that include that don’t simply disappear. As a set level who’s doubtless resistant to the resetting of time, we wouldn’t be shocked if she’s nonetheless hellbent on creating her personal new period, and has invaded Lu Kang’s new timeline to set her plans into movement once more.
In reality, we expect there may be an opportunity that Kameo fighters are considerably tied to her, in a story sense. Although it’d sound a bit on the market, perhaps the Kameos are variations of Mortal Kombat characters from previous timelines which might be being pulled into this new one by Kronika. Not solely is that fairly just like what occurred in Mortal Kombat 11, it could additionally clarify why the Kameo characters’ designs are so paying homage to their old-fashioned seems to be.