Mortal Kombat 11 will be one of the main games in 2022’s Evolution Championship Series, the annual fighting game tournament held in Las Vegas, also known as Evo. However, users should not expect anything else Mortal Kombat news or a Mortal Kombat 12 revealed at the event.
It’s time for Street Fighter and other great fighting games to be in the sun! Let’s enjoy it! ❤️🙏
— Ed Boon (@noobde) 2 August 2022
Series co-creator Ed Boon took to Twitter to temper expectations. IGN posted a tweet (which has since been deleted) saying “the developers behind Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, The teak and Guilty Gear are all expected to make announcements during Evo 2022,” which runs from August 5 to August 7. Boon then revealed the part relevant to his studio before following up that it was “time for Street Fighter and other great fighting games to be in the sun” and that users should “enjoy it.”
The central misinterpretation seems to stem from the inclusion of Warner Bros. Sony, which recently bought the Evo, released one PlayStation Blog post about the tournament, stating that viewers can expect “exciting content and reveals from developers and publishers such as Arc System Works, Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, SNK and Bandai Namco Entertainment” at the tournament. While Warner Bros. publisher Mortal Kombatalso published it MultiVersus, the platformer that recently went into open beta. That game is much more likely to be part of any Warner Bros. related reveals.
Blessing also claimed he knew nothing about what MultiVersus have waiting for Evo. Coincidentally, Mortal Kombat‘s Scorpion was one of the fighters on the alleged MultiVersus list leaka list that was recently at least partially confirmed of the official reveals of Rick, Morty and LeBron James.
NetherRealm Studios has long since moved on Mortal Kombat 11but many were probably hoping for one Mortal Kombat 12 announcement. The studio has been tight-lipped about what it’s been working on, but there has been a few pieces of evidence that point to it developing yet another entry in the gory fighting game series.
A strange and quickly scrubbed desktop image from a NetherRealm employee had files on their desktop that seemed to point to Mortal Kombat 12. Andrew Bowen, who voiced Johnny Cage Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11also posted (and again quickly deleted) a video of him in front of the WB water tower with some Mortal Kombat-like music in the background. Journalist and insider Jeff Grubb also claimed in August 2021 which NetherRealm was working on Mortal Kombat 12 instead of Injustice 3citing uncertainty with WB as a potential cause.
This has been the longest NetherRealm has gone without revealing a new game, so its players may be excited to see what the studio has been cooking up. But it looks like they’ll have to wait a little longer.