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A New Dawn in ESPORTS Gaming: Mortal Kombat 1 Breaks Barriers with Enhanced Accessibility Features

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Mortal Kombat 1 is set to redefine the gaming experience with its groundbreaking accessibility features, ensuring that "Games are for everyone." The highly anticipated game, developed by NetherRealm, is scheduled to launch on 19th September, with early access already available for those who have pre-ordered the Premium Edition.

Enhanced Accessibility for All Gamers

NetherRealm has meticulously detailed the various accessibility features that will be available at launch, emphasizing their commitment to avoiding and correcting any unnecessary friction or barriers that might prevent people with a range of impairments from enjoying games. The developer believes in inclusivity and strives to create and maintain accessible titles for all players, addressing any form of impairment: visual, motor, auditory, cognitive, or other.

Visual Accessibility Features

Mortal Kombat 1 offers extensive visual accessibility features, including a Screen Reader for all menu items and descriptive audio for all story cinematics, Fatalities, and Fatal Blows. These features provide optional extra audio feedback to indicate actions like ducking, blocking, hit type, fighter distance, proximity to the end of the arena, and health levels. Additionally, colorblind pre-set modes are available to address Protanopia (Green Light), Deuteranopia (Red Light), and Tritanopia (Blue Light). Other features include options to bring health bars closer to the focal point of the screen, brightness settings, and Invasions Mode navigation assistance.

Auditory Accessibility Features

The game also excels in auditory accessibility, offering separate volume controls for various elements like cinematics, music, the announcer, ambience, dialogue, and sound effects. VFX noises are tweakable across a range of categories, and subtitles are included for all key Story mode dialogue and supplemental gameplay dialogue. Players can choose from several audio mix presets that increase or decrease the focus on gameplay elements, and there's direction surround sound too.

Motor-focused Accessibility Features

For players with motor impairments, Mortal Kombat 1 includes remappable controls that enable all gameplay inputs to be customized and mapped to a controller's four-face button and four-shoulder buttons. Input shortcuts can be enabled to lessen the direction precision required to activate special moves, and button shortcuts are available too. Additionally, the rapid button-mashing requirements of Test Your Might segments in story mode can be turned off.

General Accessibility Inclusions

Beyond specific impairments, Mortal Kombat 1 rounds out its accessibility features with a number of more general inclusions. Tutorials, tutorial demos, and practices modes are all available. Keyboard-to-speech will narrate all text typed into chat, enabling more players to voice chat without the need for speech. Tooltips are available across all settings, and autosaving is enabled throughout.

A Diverse Roster of Characters

Mortal Kombat 1, a reboot set in a "reborn" universe created by the Fire God Liu Kang, features a diverse and exciting roster of 22 base game playable characters, including Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Li Mei, Lui Kong, Nitara, Raiden, Geras, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Smoke. Additionally, 15 base game support characters, known as Kameos, including Sonya Blade, Kano, and Jax Briggs, have been confirmed by NetherRealm.


The game is set to launch for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on 19th September, with early access beginning now.

The Vault Ohio and ESPORTS Gaming

The Vault Ohio stands as a beacon in the ESPORTS Gaming world, and the launch of Mortal Kombat 1 is a significant addition to the inclusive gaming landscape. The game’s advanced accessibility features are a monumental step in ensuring that video gaming is a universally enjoyable experience, regardless of any form of impairment.


Mortal Kombat 1 is not just a game; it's a revolutionary step in ESPORTS Gaming, setting new standards in video gaming accessibility. The Vault Ohio and the entire gaming community eagerly await the arrival of this game, which promises an inclusive experience, breaking barriers and opening new realms of possibilities for all gamers, regardless of their impairments.

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