Twenty-five years after Johnny Cage's defeat of Shinnok during the events of the 2011 series reboot, Cage and wife Sonya Blade see the birth of their daughter, Cassandra Carlton Cage—"Cassie" for short—but they later divorce. Following in her mother's footsteps, Cassie joins the Special Forces, which with their military training and technology, protect Earthrealm from its enemies. Under Raiden's orders, Cassie leads a task force assembled by her father and composed of a new generation of combatants in Jacqui Briggs, Takeda, and Kung Jin. Meanwhile, Sonya does not give Cassie preferential treatment and treats her similarly to any subordinate personnel.The team go through growing pains as they attempt to launch a sneak attack on Sub-Zero's Lin Kuei temple but are defeated; the attack is then revealed as a training exercise set up by Johnny Cage, with Sub-Zero informing Cassie and her unit that they will fail if they cannot work together as a team. Sonya sends them to Outworld on a search for Mileena, who possesses Shinnok's amulet. Cassie encounters the realm's new ruler Kotal Kahn, who grudgingly joins forces with her unit to locate the amulet. Later in the story, the team recovers the amulet, but Kahn has them captured, as he is distrusting of them and intends to use them to lure Raiden to Earthrealm. When the unit return to Earthrealm, her father is missing; a wounded Sonya informs Cassie that he was abducted by Shinnok and taken to Raiden's Sky Temple, where Shinnok has corrupted the source of Earthrealm's life force, the Jinsei. Johnny is held captive in the meantime by D'Vorah while she tortures him with her flesh-eating parasites.With Kung Jin knocked out as he and Cassie attempt to defeat D'Vorah, and with Jacqui and Takeda having been wounded and incapacitated by Kitana earlier, Cassie is the remaining member of her squad left to face Shinnok, during which she discovers she has inherited Johnny's ancient power, which increases her strength and enables her to defeat Shinnok and free Raiden, enabling him to restore the Jinsei. At the conclusion, Sonya, Johnny and Cassie happily reunite. In her noncanonical arcade ending.