Sequel to 2011′s Mortal Kombat On The Way


Since 2011 Nearrealm studios has had a series of hits one after another. First there was the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot, then their mobile Batman games, and most recently Injustice: Gods Among Us. Just last week it seems that Kiefer Sutherland has inadvertently confirmed a new upcoming Mortal Kombat game. In a recent interview with IGN about Metal Gear Solid 5 Sutherland stated I did Mortal Kombat, and that’s such a huge game, but it’s so not like [MGS5].” He went on to say he had completed his work on Mortal Kombat “pretty quickly compared to [MGS5].” However this isn’t the first news we’ve heard of the new addition to the series.  We know that Sutherland wasn’t part of the cast from the 2011 release of Mortal Kombat, so now we have more evidence for the next chapter in the series.

Mortal Kombat Legacy producer Lance Sloane also confirmed the new game at the San Diego Comic Con in 2013. In an interview with GamerHubTV he inadvertently stated that a Mortal Kombat movie had been green lit and they were just figuring out how everything would “synch up with the launch of the game that they’re working on now, the next game…”

Neither Warner Bros. Interactive, Neatherrealm Studios, nor Ed Boon have responded so far to inquirers.  This will most like be a direct sequel to the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, however it is the tenth game in the series.

Advertisement for original Mortal Kombat arcade game

Original ad for Mortal Kombat

So where would the story for the next Mortal Kombat take place?  In 2011 Netherrealm Studios released their 9th Mortal Kombat game, and went the route of Star Trek with a sort of reboot. The game starts at the end of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, the 8th game in the series which let you chose from any of the character from the previously released games. Armageddon had a type of king of the hill storyline where the last man standing would determine the fate of the realms. At the beginning of the 2011 game, simply titled Mortal Kombat, the two remaining contestants are Dark Raiden and Shao Khan. Raiden had previously sacrificed himself to stop a “Deadly Alliance” between Shang Tsung and Quan Chi which had resulted in freeing Onaga the Dragon King. His sacrificed essence reformed into a darker no-nonsense version of Raiden which was angry at the way the inhabitants of Earthrealm had treated their realm. With Dark Raiden and Shao Khan fighting it quickly became apparent that Shao Khan was going to win the battle. Raiden used the last of his power to send a message to himself in the past, the message is simple “He must win.” Due to this bit of time travel trickery we are able to relive the greatest Mortal Kombat games of the series, one two and three.
Throughout the rebooted Mortal Kombat’s story we learn that the message “He must win.” was actually in reference to Shao Khan of the past. If Shao Khan were to cheat at Mortal Kombat and take over Earthrealm then the Elder Gods would have no choice but to intervene and put an end to his madness. The game ends with the death of most of the characters, leaving only Raiden Sonya and Johnny Cage to rebuild Earthrealm. However before the credits roll the fallen Elder God Shinnok appears along with Quan Chi. Quan Chi gently says “Your plan worked perfectly lord Shinnok.” In which Shinnok replies “Soon I will be free, Earthrealm and Outworld will be ours.” This sets the course of the game along a very similar path as the original Mortal Kombat 4 timeline, however with quite a few changes as most of the characters are now dead. Whether or not they’ll remain dead is yet to be seen, after all this is the game series that once brought us a zombie Liu Kang.


Further Reading:

An Injustice: Whatever Happened To the DC Universe?
GamerHubTV Interview
IMDB Full Cast of Mortal Kombat 2011
IGN Interview

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