Mortal Kombat X is scheduled to release this coming Tuesday, and given its non-linear story that jumps around across a 25 year timespan, there is good reason to familiarize yourself with what happened in the previous game. So let’s jump right in!

Warning: This article contains massive spoilers from Mortal Kombat (2011).

General Facts

•Mortal Kombat X is a narrative-sequel to the rebooted timeline from Mortal Kombat (2011), a game that told a condensed but altered version of the events of Mortal Kombat 1-3 through Raiden’s point-of-view.
•Two major realms in the Mortal Kombat universe are the Earthrealm (Good), and the Outworld (Bad). There are other realms besides these, but these two are the most important.
•All of the realms are governed by Elder Gods who have complete control of all matters.

•The Mortal Kombat tournament is the result of an honor code established by the Elder Gods for competing realms to remain balanced. If a realm is able to score ten consecutive victories against an opposing one, they earn the right to invade that realm. Anyone who violates this code will be violently punished.

So What Happened During Mortal Kombat (2011) Then?

•Mortal Kombat (2011) continues after the events of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon where both the forces of light and darkness have been destroyed. The evil despot Shao Kahn fights against Raiden, the Thunder god and protector of Earthrealm. Unfortunately, Raiden is about to lose.
•Raiden uses the power that remains in his magical amulet to send a cryptic message to his past self telling him “He must win.”

Back To the Past (Mortal Kombat)
•Time flashes back to the Mortal Kombat tournament hosted by Outworld sorcerer Shang Tsung in the first game. Raiden sees visions from his future-self that indicates that the winner of the tournament must be Liu Kang. Working in the background to ensure this result, Raiden attempts to rewrite history to prevent Armageddon.