Mortal Kombat 1’s latest playable character reveal sees the time-controlling sand master Geras return after making his debut in Mortal Kombat 11.
In the trailer, below, we see Geras, Guardian of the Hourglass, chatting with Thunder Fire God, Liu Kang. There’s certainly some needle between the two old friends, with Geras questioning Liu Kang’s attitude after the Thunder Fire God restarted history. “Your vision of peace may already be compromised,” Geras tells Liu Kang.
The inclusion of Gears in Mortal Kombat 1, as well as his comments in the trailer, reinforce the idea of this game being a sequel to Mortal Kombat 11 as well as a soft reboot. Clearly, there is a continuity established here, with the events of Mortal Kombat 11 referenced directly.
Gameplay wise, we see Geras employ many of the hard-hitting, time-bending attacks he was famous for in Mortal Kombat 11. Geras can create objects out of sand and use them to smash his foes, as well as freeze them in time, opening them up to multiple attacks before time resets. Mortal Kombat: Deception fans will also notice the addition of Darrius as a Kameo character.
It’s worth watching the trailer to see Liu Kang’s black hole Fatality, which fans are already calling the character’s best ever. We see Liu Kang snap his fingers to create a black hole and allow it to drag his hapless foe inside, bit by bit. Finally, Mortal Kombat has its take on spaghettification.
Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat development chief Ed Boon has been having his usual fun on Twitter, drawing attention to an unnamed new character in Mortal Kombat 1. Fans aren’t sure who this person is meant to be, with some suggesting he’s the result of a create-a-character feature.
New phone. Who dis? pic.twitter.com/lQa5cyrudA
— Ed Boon (@noobde) July 29, 2023
Mortal Kombat 1 arrives on September 19 for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X and S, and Nintendo Switch. For more information on Mortal Kombat 1, check out our interview with series creator Ed Boon on why NetherRealm chose to develop Mortal Kombat 1 over Injustice 3.