Mortal Kombat is going back to the beginning of the timeline. This is what at least two reliable leakers have been saying in the past few days after NetherRealm Studios teased something related to a reboot. But, while this is the first most of us are hearing of this news, internet sleuths point out the possibility that an insider might have let us in on this a while back.
As pointed out by u/Youngstown_Mafia on Reddit, an older leak is pretty much spot on about the next Mortal Kombat title, including the fact that it's a reboot that takes place in the past. However, the leak clarifies that the story isn't a retelling but will thread new ground, telling a "unique story that has yet to be told in the MK games."
Aside from story details, the leak claims that the base roster will have 29 characters but with a "generous" amount of DLC characters post-launch.
Finally, aside from familiar faces, Mortal Kombat Origin will reportedly reintroduce "long forgotten characters" such as Kai, Reikko, Li Mei, and Shujinko. It will also add new characters like the Great Kung Lao as well as Tython and Sojo, which are the "sub-boss" and "main boss", respectively.
According to the leak, the new villains are "Dominic's riff on Eos and Tithonus."
Dominic Cianciolo is the story and voice director at NetherRealm Studios.
While the leak probably isn't 100% true, it does nail some of the key details about the next Mortal Kombat game. The best-case scenario is that this was the plan during the development, presumably after NetherRealm dropped support for Mortal Kombat 11 two years ago. But, something might have changed between then and now, which would explain if there'll be changes with what the leak has described and the final product.
The release date is wrong by at least six months, but it does fit what the older Nvidia GeForce Now leak mentioned.
For now, let's take this info with a grain of sand, but don't be surprised if this ends up being correct.
As one of Warner Bros. Discovery's billion-dollar franchises, there's plenty of pressure on NetherRealm to deliver a quality product. Aside from the next Mortal Kombat game, a sequel to 2021's Mortal Kombat film reboot is also in development.