As a fighting game series popularised in the ’90s, Mortal Kombat has gone through several iterations to get to where it is today.
The franchise became known for its bloody gameplay and gruesome ‘Fatality’ finishing moves, and the first game sparked some controversy at launch.
Mortal Kombat originally went up against Street Fighter when it first launched in the ’90s, but differentiated itself with its more realistic-looking fighters – and lots and lots of blood.
The Mortal Kombat fighting game esports scene has been on the up in recent years.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate is the latest release in the series, which launched in November 2020.
Latest game in series: Mortal Kombat 11
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Typical game length: 1-2mins
Price: Around £10-£15 (plus optional DLC via microtransactions)
Publisher: Warner Bros
Notable tournaments: Regional Leagues, Evo
Popularity: Over 73m game sales in the Mortal Kombat series
Twitch: Around 500,000 hours watched per month
Launched: November 2020 (Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate)
Pegi age rating: 18
Other Pegi info: Extreme violence, violence towards defenceless people, strong language/sexual expletives