NetherRealm Studios is asking fans to adjust their expectations for The Game Awards this year. According to Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon, the studio isn’t ready to show its next game yet so those hoping to see it announced at the upcoming awards show shouldn’t expect it.
Boon previously stated on social media that NetherRealm Studios’ next game would either be Mortal Kombat 12 or Injustice 3, leading fans to believe that the developer was gearing up for an announcement fairly soon. Boon recently took to social media again to clarify that they’re aware how excited people are for the new game, but it won’t be at The Game Awards which takes place on 8 December this week.
In 2018, Boon showed up at The Game Awards and made a surprise announcement for Mortal Kombat 11 after a bait-and-switch tactic. He addressed this in his latest statement claiming that he wouldn’t pull off the same trick twice:
“4 years ago at the Game Awards we managed to pull off a surprise announcement of MK11, which turned out great. Perhaps too great, as many assumed we’d repeat that trick for our next game. Thank you for the anticipation, but we’re not ready to announce the next NRS game yet.”
Rumours have been steadily heating up over the last few months regarding NetherRealm’s new game, with some signs pointing to it being Mortal Kombat 12. It’s possible that the studio could also be working on releasing Injustice 3 first as it would make sense with its current cycle of releases, but Mortal Kombat remains the bigger IP right now, especially in light of its fighting game competitors, Tekken and Street Fighter, targeting 2023 dates for both Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6.
In related news, Tekken 8 is confirmed to appear at The Game Awards this year and fans are hopeful we’ll get a release date or window.
Source: Ed Boon