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Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat is officially turning 30 and I officially feel old, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate this iconic franchises legacy! Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios have teamed up to release a new video honoring three decades of entertainment from the Mortal Kombat franchise. You can check out the video above and read below for more details on what to expect from the 30th birthday celebration:

Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios are proudly celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Mortal Kombat, the billion-dollar franchise that is approaching 80 million videogame units sold since the original arcade game launch on Oct. 8, 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.

To honor 30 years of Mortal Kombat history, 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 Mortal Kombat game (1992) to Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (2020) and the first live action Mortal Kombat film (1995) to the reimagined Mortal Kombat movie (2021), the commemorative video spans 30 years of bone-crushing content, along with a visual spotlight of legendary Mortal Kombat 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 Mortal Kombat 30th 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.

As part of the anniversary, Klassic Movie Raiden will arrive in Mortal Kombat Mobile beginning Oct. 7 through Oct. 11, featuring actor Christopher Lambert’s character likeness and voice from the 1995 film. Players can also log in to the mobile game every day from Oct. 7-14 to collect free anniversary gifts and enjoy a host of new in-game content.

Additionally, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind, the third installment of the animated film series, for Digital on Oct. 9 and 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ on Oct. 11. Mortal Kombat (2021 film), Mortal Kombat (1995 film), Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2013 web series), Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021 animated film), and Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge (2020 animated film) are all 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. Lastly, all-new Mortal Kombat merchandise is now available exclusively at WB Shop.

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Richard Allen is a freelance writer and contributing editor for various publications. While he enjoys modern gaming, he is a retro gamer at heart, having been raised on a steady diet of Contra, Mario, and Dragon's Lair.  Chat with him via @thricetheartist on Twitter.

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