There has been plenty of speculation about what the next major game from developer NetherRealm Studios might be. Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon has now confirmed that it will either be Mortal Kombat 12 or Injustice 3, which seems pretty obvious considering that those titles have been the subjects of reports and rumours in the past. If anything, this also kind of debunks speculation that it will be anything else, including a long-rumoured Marvel fighter.
Replying to a fan on Twitter who asked for a clue for NetherRealm’s next game, Boon simply stated that it will either be Injustice 3 or Mortal Kombat 12. As many fans already know, Boon is known to be a bit of a troll online so his word shouldn’t be taken as absolute gospel. That said, there’s been enough talk about Mortal Kombat 12 to add a lot of validity to his “clue” about NetherRealm’s unannounced new game.
Back in June this year, motion capture and voice artist Andrew Bowen, who plays Johnny Cage, posted on his social media that he was working on Mortal Kombat 12 before swiftly deleting the message. The actor wouldn’t delete his post so suddenly if there wasn’t some truth to it. Perhaps he realised that it was too soon or publisher Warner Bros. Games asked him to take it down, but either way, that’s been our best lead yet.
NetherRealm Studios is known as one of the leading fighting game developers in the gaming industry, often trading blows with Capcom’s Street Fighter and Bandai Namco’s Tekken. Next year will be an interesting clash of fighters should Mortal Kombat 12 release. Bandai Namco is planning to release Tekken 8 sometime in 2023, while Street Fighter 6 is already confirmed to launch next year too.
In related news, Boon also previously stated that Mortal Kombat 12 wouldn’t be announced at major fighting game event Evo 2022 or at the series’ 30th anniversary which it recently celebrated. All signs point to The Game Awards next month where this new game could be revealed.
Source: Ed Boon