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Mortal Kombat 1 - Launch Roster Size And Details Explained

In this guide, we discuss the roster of characters you can expect to see when pulling off finishers in Mortal Kombat 1.
Mortal Kombat 1 - Launch Roster Size And Details Explained
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With Mortal Kombat 1 approaching its release date on the 14th of September (19th September for Standard Editions), many players are eager to know more about the game, with a prime concern being the roster of characters we expect to see. Well, you won't have to wonder for much longer as we have the answers for you. 

In this guide, we'll discuss the full roster size at launch for Mortal Kombat 1, as well as the details surrounding some of the new and returning characters. So let's get ready for combat and jump right in shall we? 

Mortal Kombat 1 - Launch Roster Size And Details Explained

In a recent interview with Temple of Geek, Mortal Kombat 1's story director, Dominic Cianciolo, revealed an exciting piece of information – the game will feature 24 playable characters upon its release on September 19. Cianciolo explained that while not all characters will have equal screen time in the game's cinematic narrative, they will all receive significant characterization through pre-fight banter and ladder endings. 

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It's been confirmed that there will be 24 playable characters at the launch of Mortal Kombat 1. (Picture: NetherRealm Studios)

The selection of characters for the roster is carefully considered by Cianciolo, NetherRealm's creative director Ed Boon, and is even influenced by feedback from the fans. With this diverse and extensive roster, Mortal Kombat 1 promises to deliver an action-packed and character-rich experience for players.

Currently, Mortal Kombat 1's default roster comprises 15 confirmed characters. However, rumors are circulating about the potential inclusion of iconic MK fighters like Sindel, Reptile, and General Shao (previously Shao Khan) in future updates. NetherRealm has also confirmed the appearances of Omni-Man, Homelander, and Peacemaker as DLC characters. Additionally, speculation suggests that the second Kombat Pack might introduce popular characters such as Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Doomslayer, Noob Saibot, and Kano.

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We still don't know who the final spots in the roster will go to, so will have to wait on more news from the developers as we approach the game's release. (Picture: NetherRealm Studios)

And even without these rumored additions, Mortal Kombat 1 is set to launch with an impressive roster of 24 playable characters. Ultimately, this means that nine slots in the roster remain to be officially filled, offering the possibility for fan-requested fighters like Ashrah from Mortal Kombat Deception.

Thankfully, the anticipation and excitement surrounding the potential roster additions have become an integral part of the Mortal Kombat experience for devoted fans of the franchise when new games are released, so we aren't too upset about the wait for the full list — especially since we still have a beta to look forward to soon.

So there you have it, Mortal Kombat 1 will feature 24 playable characters at launch and we can't wait to discover who the last few slots of this roster will go to. As always, once we get the full list, we'll be sure to update this listing with a proper list of all characters coming to Mortal Kombat 1, so stay tuned for more!