Injustice and Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon has been confirmed as one of the guests that will appear at Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC FanDome event, which celebrates all things DC and DC-related. Due to Boon’s presence at the show, some believe that a new game from developer NetherRealm Studios might be unveiled, though some reporters suggest not getting our hopes up.
Ed Boon has appeared on the list of attendees for this month’s DC FanDome event, sparking rumours of either Injustice 3 or Mortal Kombat 12 being announced. The latter seems unlikely as it has little to do with DC, though the former has been the source of many rumours and reports over the last few months.
According to VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm decided to shift their development focus to Mortal Kombat 12 over Injustice 3 due to “uncertainties” about WB Interactive Entertainment and its future.
I hope Injustice 3 still happens. What I heard is that they wanted to focus on MK12 due to uncertainties about WB’s future. https://t.co/OoCGk2S3Kq
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) October 4, 2021
Grubb responded on Twitter recently hoping that NetherRealm is still working on Injustice 3 as that would make the most sense for a reveal at DC FanDome. However, he reiterated in the same post that the developer was working on Mortal Kombat 12 instead. The “uncertainties” are likely due to NetherRealm’s parent company AT&T, which recently made the decision to reportedly stop the sale of its gaming division, WB Interactive Entertainment. Many publishers, including Activision and EA, expressed interest in acquiring WB Interactive Entertainment and its many IPs, though that decision to sell seems to have been mulling.
It’s possible that Boon will simply make an appearance as a guest to talk about something else DC-related instead of unveiling Mortal Kombat 12 or Injustice 3, so fans will probably need to adjust their expectations. If the next Mortal Kombat is revealed, it will presumably be on a bigger gaming-focused stage like The Game Awards, where the previous entry Mortal Kombat 11 was ceremoniously announced. Until then, we can still look forward to DC FanDome for updates on movies like The Batman, The Flash and Black Adam, as well as WB Montreal’s Gotham Knights and Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League video games. DC FanDome begins on 16 October 2021.