When the outworld portal opened during Shao Kahn's invasion, over a large city in north america, panic and chaos rage out of control. Kurtis Stryker was the leader of a riot control brigade when shao kahn began taking souls. He finds himself the lone survivor of a city once populated by millions. Ignorant of why his soul was spared in the outworld invasion, stryker receives a vision from Raiden. He is instructed to travel west. He eventually meets the rest of earth's warriors and learns the true meaning of his survival. He travels back to the city he swore to protect.