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Latest Mortal Kombat teaser drops heavy hints next series entry is a reboot

UPDATE: Will be titled Mortal Kombat 1, leak suggests.

UPDATE 11/5/23: Mortal Kombat 1 is the name for the series' upcoming reboot, according to reliable console store spy Billbil-kun. The title fits with previous hints the game will be a re-imagining of the franchise so far.

Store listings for the game suggest it will be released for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S - so, no PS4 or Xbox One.

We're expecting an official reveal of the game in the coming days.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/5/23: NetherRealm Studios has released yet another video teasing the next entry in its long-running Mortal Kombat series - and there's mounting speculation it could be hinting at a reboot.

NetherRealm shared a first teaser at the start of this month, appended to a video celebrating Mortal Kombat's 30th anniversary. It showed sands steadily trickling through an hourglass before a sudden camera zoom focused in on the very last grain, which then exploded.

It's now been four years since the launch of Mortal Kombat 11, and news-starved fans immediately began speculating NetherRealm's mysterious video was in some way teasing an imminent reveal for Mortal Kombat 12 - with one theory suggesting Kronika's time-and-space-altering hourglass, which featured prominently in the previous game, may have gone awry, somehow resetting the universe.

NetherRealm's new "It is almost time" teaser video.Watch on YouTube

That would, of course, provide a convenient narrative excuse to reboot and refresh the long-running series, and NetherRealm's latest trailer makes that possibility even more likely. In a new video shared by the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account, a camera slowly follows the seconds-hand of a clock as it ticks toward 12. At the last moment, though, the hand leaps 12 entirely, springing all the way over to 1 - giving reboot theorists plenty of fresh ammunition.

It remains unclear when the next Mortal Kombat will get its official unveiling, but the "It is almost time" accompanying today's video - not to mention publisher Warner Bros' previous confirmation the game is launching this year - suggests fans won't have long to wait.

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