New characters and a new setting can all be found within Mortal Kombat’s canon story lines. Will the game writers take a trip back in time?
The Mortal Kombat universe has a storied history, but parts of it have yet to be touched upon by the games. Perhaps with Mortal Kombat 12 it’s time to take the Mortal Kombat series back to its roots and discover where some of the mythology surrounding its oldest characters comes from. Mortal Kombat 12 could be a chance for the franchise to shake things up with some new plot developments and new characters.
Mortal Kombat storylines have always been convoluted but consistent, sticking to the canon story originally introduced in the first Mortal Kombat title. Seven different warriors enrolled in a deadly tournament with the freedom of their realm on the line. Liu Kang won the first tournament.
Since then, the story progressed linearly, seeing numerous tournaments and various winners. The ninth game in the franchise, Mortal Kombat (2011) allowed players to replay through the timeline again with various differences that have not been brought to light in the main story line. By the end of Mortal Kombat 11 and its subsequent story-based DLC offering Aftermath, it’s clear the Mortal Kombat franchise is looking to try something new.
Mortal Kombat 12 Likely Takes Place 500 Years Before MK1
At the end of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, the slate has been wiped clean. Players get to decide whether the timeline resets again to the days of The Great Kung Lao, or if Shang Tsung is in control of all the realms. It is unlikely that future story lines will be set in an evil, Shang Tsung-controlled setting, as that gives little chance for creative freedom with characters and more of a chance of history repeating itself yet again.
The new Mortal Kombat game should be in The Great Kung Lao’s time period, 500 years ago, as God of Fire and Lightning Liu Kang teaches him to be a warrior. This gives an opportunity for fans to see some of the oldest, non-human Mortal Kombat characters like Quan Chi, Shang Tsung, Sindel, Kitana, Shao Khan, and Goro in their younger years. It’s also a chance for players to play as the mythical god-like figures of The Great Kung Lao and Fire God Liu Kang.
Mortal Kombat 12 could also be the start of a new story for new characters. Many of the familiar combatants like Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya Blade and Jax haven’t been born yet. This opens up a door for new, unheard of characters to enter the canon. Mortal Kombat‘s stories have been consistent, but they don’t have to be boring. Allowing players to go five hundred years into the past, before any of the previous tournaments even happened, could freshen up the old tropes and bring new fans to the game.