Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios are proudly celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Mortal Kombat, the billion-dollar franchise that has sold more than 79 million videogame units since the original arcade game launch on October 8th, 1992.
Over the past 30 years, the renowned Mortal Kombat series has been a fixture in popular culture, exciting fans with best-in-class gameplay, iconic characters, and an immersive cinematic experience, while also earning numerous accolades, including multiple wins at the D.I.C.E. Awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, The Game Awards, and many others.
The latest entry in the videogame series, Mortal Kombat 11, has been the fastest-selling title in franchise history with more than 15 million units sold worldwide, while Mortal Kombat Mobile has amassed more than 150 million downloads to date.
A momentous moment in gaming history
To honour 30 years, a new video has been released showcasing the franchise’s cultural prominence across three decades of entertainment, from videogames to movies, to animation.
Bringing together moments from the original MK game (1992) to MK 11 Ultimate (2020) and the first live-action Mortal Kombat film (1995) to the reimagined 2021 movie, the commemorative video spans 30 years of bone-crushing content, along with a visual spotlight of legendary fighters and their different iterations from past to present, such as Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kitana, Mileena, Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Baraka, and Shang Tsung.
Furthermore, new artwork celebrating the Anniversary was unveiled today highlighting some of the game modes, story moments, characters, and finishing moves from the game’s history, all depicted in the shape of the iconic dragon logo.
Movies, games and animation oh my
As part of the anniversary, Klassic Movie Raiden will arrive in the mobile game beginning today through October 11th, featuring actor Christopher Lambert’s character likeness and voice from the 1995 film. Players can also log in every day from today until the 14th of October to collect free anniversary gifts and enjoy a host of new in-game content.
Additionally, Mortal Kombat (2021 film), Mortal Kombat (1995 film), Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2013 web series), and Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021 animated film) are available to watch now on HBO Max, while Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm (1996 animated series) is available now for purchase on digital platforms.
This is phenomenal news. To know that this title has been around for so long is impressive. I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’d say since the second title when I remember going over to my older cousins house and playing it without my mom knowing the gory details.