Fans of Mortal Kombat who have been around for a while will remember the original 1993 commercial for the first MK game. The ad was first played on television to promote the home console release of the original Mortal Kombat after it had been in arcades for some time. With the latest entry of the series coming out in September 2023, marketing for the game has taken a very nostalgic approach. Seeing as Mortal Kombat 1 is a reboot of the series’ timeline, it seems very fitting.
The new live-action trailer for Mortal Kombat 1 does its best to recreate the same vibe and emotion that was in the first game’s ad campaign back in 1992. The new trailer starts off with former WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista in a library quietly pushing books. That is until he leans over to someone and says the infamous words to get everyone hyped up and marching outside. As more and more people begin to say “Mortal Kombat” to each other, a large group of people converge outside to scream out the name of the game.
Like the original 1993 commercial for Mortal Kombat on consoles, the MK1 trailer follows in its footsteps by showing brief glimpses of the game intercut with shots of the crowd. It’s a tone that was geared towards getting fans excited for the series, which still holds true even today. Although Dave Bautista isn’t involved with the game in any capacity (as far as we know), he is a great celebrity to get for the trailer to promote the game. Based on how enthusiastically he screamed the name of the series for the trailer, he’s most definitely a Mortal Kombat fan like many of us.
From the trailer’s description. “It’s In Our Blood. Discover a reborn Mortal Kombat Universe created by Fire God Liu Kang. Mortal Kombat 1 ushers in a new era of the iconic franchise with a new fighting system, game modes, and Fatalities!”
Mortal Kombat 1 is set to release for PlayStation 5. Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch on September 14th, 2023. The game will have a Kombat Pack that includes multiple DLC characters, which include guest fighters Homelander, Omni-Man, and DC’s Peacemaker. More importantly, however, Mortal Kombat 1 marks a reboot for the series once again, giving fans new looks at classic characters and a reimagining of the lore of the series. Recently, the game had an open online beta for those who preordered Mortal Kombat 1 on any platform, but the game has had a playable beta beforehand. Those who got a chance to play in the betas got a quick preview of what to expect on release, which is looking pretty good so far.
What do you think of the new Mortal Kombat 1 trailer? Are you going to pick up the game on any platform? Who are you planning on picking up as your main fighter in MK1? Let us know everything in the comment section down below!
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