The Mortal Kombat 1 release date and launch time in the UK is here!


The latest reboot of the long-running gruesome fighting game series is out now and those months of anticipation and reveals have all been leading up to this.

Of course, there have been some of you playing in early access for a while now, but this has come to an end - it's time for everyone else to join in on the fun.

The series is rebooting itself via a parallel universe - resulting in new character models, an updated roster and fresh-looking gameplay. We can't wait to master the new tag-and-assist-based Kameo Fighter system.

Speaking of the roster, Mortal Kombat 1 has Megan Fox and Jean-Claude Van Damme voicing (and providing their likenesses for) Nitara and Johnny Cage (as part of the DLC Kombat Pack), respectively.

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Read on to find out everything there is to know about the Mortal Kombat 1 release date, UK launch time and to find out more about its new gameplay mechanics and story.

We've thrown a couple of trailers in for you to enjoy along the way, too!

When is the Mortal Kombat 1 release date?

The Mortal Kombat 1 release date is 19th September 2023, it has been confirmed by the developers.

That’s right, there isn’t long to prepare for the ensuing bloodbath - and to catch up on the long and complicated plot of the series before the latest game is set to be unleashed.

Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 1 is set to be the second soft reboot after Mortal Kombat 9, so it could be a great jumping-on point for those new to the gory fighting game franchise. If this sounds good to you, it could be time to pre-order the game.

Check out this fun live-action launch trailer to get you even more hyped than you thought was possible:

When is the Mortal Kombat 1 UK launch time?

The Mortal Kombat 1 UK launch time should be at 6pm today (19th September).

That is when the full game should unlock for anyone who has pre-ordered the standard edition of the game digitally. From 6pm the game will no longer be able to be pre-ordered and will be available for standard purchase instead.

Read more on Mortal Kombat 1:

Can I pre-order Mortal Kombat 1?

Mortal Kombat 1 character wearing a mask
Mortal Kombat 1 is coming soon. Warner Bros. Games

Yes! You can now pre-order Mortal Kombat 1 through retailers including GAME.

There are a few different versions of the game to be aware of before you pre-order, however. These are as follows:

Pre-order Mortal Kombat 1 Standard Edition

You can pre-order the Standard Edition of Mortal Kombat 1 physically on the platforms below:

You can also pre-order digitally on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC (Epic Games Store and Steam). This will be available as soon as the game page goes live on each storefront.

All pre-orders of the game come with the exclusive playable character Shang Tsung.

Pre-order Mortal Kombat 1 Premium Edition

You can pre-order the Premium Edition of Mortal Kombat 1 physically on PS5 for £84.99 and on Xbox Series X for £84.99, both from GAME.

Strangely, it doesn’t seem as though you can pre-order the Premium Edition physically on Nintendo Switch as of yet, and will have to do so on the eShop.

The Premium edition of the game comes with everything in the Standard Edition (base game + Shang Tsung) and more:

  • Kombat Pack
    • A Jean-Claude Van Damme skin for Johnny Cage
    • Six new playable characters being added post-launch (get one week of early access)
    • Five new Kameo Fighters being added post-launch (get one week of early access)
  • Early Access (14th September 2023)
  • 1,250 Dragon Krystals (in-game currency)

You can also pre-order digitally on all platforms (including PC) on their respective storefronts when the game page goes live.

Pre-order Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector’s Edition

The physical-only Kollector’s Edition can only be pre-order on PS5 and Xbox Series X for £239.99 through GAME.

The Mortal Kombat 1 Kollector’s Edition includes everything in the Premium Edition plus the following:

  • A 16.5 inch Liu Kang sculpture designed by COARSE
  • Three exclusive art prints
  • A steel case (and bigger fancy box to store it all in)
  • Extra 1,450 Dragon Krystals (2,700 in total)

Which consoles and platforms can play Mortal Kombat 1?

Mortal Kombat 1 is available to buy and play on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC (via Epic Games Store and Steam) and Nintendo Switch.

Sorry, PS4 and Xbox One owners, looks like you’ll be missing out on the latest soft reboot of Mortal Kombat 1.

It is strange that the game is launching on Nintendo Switch and not the PS4/Xbox One, given the disparity in horsepower between the consoles, but NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros Games must have decided to keep the title on current-gen machines.

NetherRealm is developing the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game, QLOC is handling the PC port and Shiver Entertainment & Saber Interactive are creating the Switch version.

Full roster of confirmed fighters in Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1 character wearing a mask
Mortal Kombat 1.

Thanks to the reveal trailer, we know of a few confirmed fighters in Mortal Kombat 1. The full confirmed roster of fighters in Mortal Kombat 1 is as follows:

  • Ashrah
  • Baraka
  • Ermac (Kombat Pack fighter)
  • General Shao
  • Geras
  • Havik
  • Homelander (Kombat Pack fighter)
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kenshi
  • Kitana
  • Kung Lao
  • Li Mei
  • Liu Kang
  • Mileena
  • Nitara
  • Omni-Man (Kombat Pack fighter)
  • Peacemaker (Kombat Pack fighter)
  • Quan Chi (Kombat Pack fighter)
  • Raiden
  • Rain
  • Reiko
  • Reptile
  • Scorpion
  • Shang Tsung (pre-order exclusive)
  • Sindel
  • Smoke
  • Sub-Zero
  • Takeda (Kombat Pack fighter)
  • Tanya

This time around, there are also Kameo Fighters to contend with, too.

Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo Fighters

Alongside the playable fighters in Mortal Kombat 1, the game also features Kameo Fighters. These Kameo Fighters are partner characters that assist the player during fights.

The full confirmed list of Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo Fighters is as follows:

  • Cyrax
  • Darrius
  • Ferra (Kombat Pack)
  • Frost
  • Goro
  • Jax Briggs
  • Johnny Cage (Kombat Pack)
  • Kano
  • Khameleon (Kombat Pack)
  • Kung Lao
  • Mavado (Kombat Pack)
  • Motaro
  • Sareena
  • Scorpion
  • Sektor
  • Shujinko
  • Sonya Blade
  • Stryker
  • Sub-Zero
  • Tremor (Kombat Pack)

Mortal Kombat 1 gameplay and story details

While we already have a list of playable characters in Mortal Kombat 1 and know of its Kameo Fighters, what else is new in the game?

Ahead of its 19th September release date, we know that Mortal Kombat 1 is a second soft reboot for the franchise. The game is set in a reborn Mortal Kombat universe that was created by Fire God Liu Kang.

According to the game’s official website, you’ll be able to see what’s in store for your favourite characters "like you’ve never seen them before" in the new story campaign.

Alongside the story mode, expect plenty more to be on offer. The development team is promising a new fighting system, new game modes and fresh fatalities to discover.

The game’s online mode will have rollback netcode, it has been confirmed. It’s also been revealed that you won’t need to be connected to the internet to play offline modes such as the story and local multiplayer.

Is there a Mortal Kombat 1 trailer?

There are quite a few Mortal Kombat 1 trailers about at the moment, but we'll share the latest - the launch trailer - below:

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