Those of you who were here for my original proposal of this former theory back on the original MKX forums may remember this but those who don't let me explain.
Essentially this theory goes that the realms are not individual timelines or multiverses, but rather a single Earth at different points in a never ending timeline that simply repeats itself.
The reason I present this as a hypothesis now is evident by the new trailer where we have a focus on a new Liu Kang, yet old Raiden, so while it's easy to attribute to the discrepancy to a break in the space time continuum, I'd like to discuss a possibility an early advancement to "Earthrealm" transitioning into "Outworld" under Raiden's tyranny which has led to the unbalance in the current game and not the other way around. The new fighter describes to who I presume to be Lui Kang that they chose the wrong path in time, and perhaps that's evidence of this hypothesis.
Further evidence could be provided in time travel theory alone in that if Raiden would have sent a message to the past, the timeline should have resembled the current, but as Johnny Cage himself is clear evidence of, everything is different suggesting a different multiverse entirely and not time travel eliminating a time paradox by the means presented in the game this far.
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