The next title from acclaimed fighting game developer NetherRealm Studios is “likely” to be revealed and released in 2023. This is according to Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon who recently held a Q&A with fans on Twitter, confirming that we’ll be hearing about the studio’s new game in the next six months with a 2023 release date on the table.
Before The Game Awards this year, Boon stated that he would not be unveiling NetherRealm Studios’ next game at the event, which similarly happened with Mortal Kombat 11 back at The Game Awards in 2018. This led fans to believe that we won’t be hearing about the developer’s next title for a while, but as it turns out, we can probably expect it sooner rather than later.
Speaking on Twitter and responding to a fan question asking for a release window for NetherRealm Studios’ next game, Boon sneakily replied, “I really shouldn’t 23-answer that.” Another fan asked if they could expect a game reveal within the next six months, to which Boon replied, “Likely.”
Whatever this next game is, it sounds like it will be the longest supported game by NetherRealm Studios yet. One fan asked why Mortal Kombat 11 support ended when the studio said back in August that they weren’t even close to ending it, Boon replied, “MK11 support was the longest we supported a game. Next game should be even longer.”
With the amount of rumours at this point, NetherRealm Studios’ next game is likely to be Mortal Kombat 12. If it does release in 2023, next year will potentially see the release of three new major fighting game entries: Street Fighter 6 which has a confirmed release date of 2 June, and Tekken 8 which Bandai Namco is targeting for release in 2023.
Take this with a pinch of salt for now until we get confirmation from NetherRealm Studios or publisher Warner Bros. Games.
Source: Ed Boon (via Reddit)