Developed by NetherRealm Studios and set for release in 2023, it’s billed as a collection RPG.
Onslaught will feature “the first mobile-exclusive cinematic story experience for the franchise, where players must build a team of fighters from a vast roster of characters – and unleash them in massive real-time group battles to stop a dark and dangerous threat from wreaking havoc across the realms”.
The game’s announcement coincides with Mortal Kombat’s 30th anniversary this month. The franchise launched in 1992 and has sold 72 million games, including 12 million copies of the latest series entry, 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11, according to Warner.
“We are pushing the boundaries of Mortal Kombat to allow players to experience the franchise in new ways, while still staying true to its core visceral nature,” said NetherRealm chief creative officer Ed Boon.
“With Mortal Kombat: Onslaught, we reimagined Mortal Kombat into a strategic team-based collection RPG with fast-paced, group melee combat that both new and existing fans can enjoy.”
The last mobile entry in the series, 2015’s free-to-play Mortal Kombat Mobile, has amassed over 150 million installs, according to Warner.
A sequel to last year’s Mortal Kombat movie is in the works at New Line Cinema. It was reported in January that the Warner Bros.-owned film studio had hired Fantastic 4 and Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater to pen the Mortal Kombat 2 script.