It has begun! Mortal Kombat 1 is out now in early access for players with the Kollector's & Premium Editions, but we couldn't let the sun set without acknowledging the final character bios from the starting roster. Along with official render art, they paint the picture of the fighters in MK1's New Era. Take a look:

Reiko is a prisoner of war turned loyal soldier in General Shao's army, but all three characters are mostly pretty familiar to long time fans. Nitara is once again fighting to protect the vampire realm of Vaeternus, while Shang Tsung schemes as a once lowly snake oil salesman whose destiny is altered by a "mysterious" stranger who has set him back on the path of treachery.

Nitara (Heroine of Vaeternus)
Nitara's race of vampires hails from the dark and desolate realm of Vaeternus. To survive, the evolved the ability to feed on the blood of other creatures.

The Aveternians thrived, building a great society. But as their comfort grew, so did their shortsightedness. They overfed on Vaeternus' creatures, disrupting the natural order. They now starve as it collapses.

It is Nitara's solemn obligation to deliver her people from hunger and save her race. Vaeternus must survive.

Shang Tsung (Scheming Sorcerer)
Shang Tsung grew up in Outworld's backwaters. Too lazy for hard labor and too shifty for honest work, he eked out a living selling quack cures and fake magic. Though his wares were useless, Shang Tsung's easy charm always closed the deal.

Shang Tsung was resigned to his hardscrabble life. But then one day a mysterious stranger came, promising to make Shang Tsung a powerful sorcerer. Though suspicious of the offer, it was one he couldn't refuse.

Reiko (General Shao's Loyal Lieutenant)
Reiko was a boy when he and his family were captured during the Kafallah War. Though his family died, Reiko fought and survived.

After spending months as a prisoner, Reiko was freed during a raid by General Shao. Despite his youth and small size, Reiko attacked his former captors and exacted bloody revenge.

Impressed by the boy's spirit, General Shao made Reiko his squire. Under his tutelage, Reiko learned the ways of war. He became an exceptional soldier and is now the General's second-in-command.

Reiko's loyalty to General Shao is absolute. He will live and die by his orders.

The more things change in a timeline defined by the guiding hand of Fire God Liu Kang -- the more they stay eerily the same. Why so similar? Some answers await in Mortal Kombat 1, which will officially receive wide release for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC on September 19th! Share your thoughts about the latest iteration of these characters in the Mortal Kombat 1 comments!