Rumor Patrol: Ed Boon Hinting at June ‘Mortal Kombat 10′ Reveal?

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Despite the Mortal Kombat series’ place as a staple of 1990s arcade culture, leading to countless copycats as well as multi-medium spin-offs, creator Ed Boon struggled to redefine the fighting game genre in the years that followed. As attention turned from arcade cabinets to console projects, as well as live-action 2D face-offs to animated 3D arena brawling, the Mortal Kombat series became a bloated (albeit still popular) franchise – one that was mostly attempting to stay relevant in a fast-growing market.

However, with the founding of his own development house, NetherRealm Studios, (formerly Midway Studios) Boon went back to basics – delivering a Mortal Kombat title that combined the latest technology with tried and true retro fighting mechanics. As a result, Mortal Kombat 9 was one of the most well-received and profitable titles of 2011 – a success that was followed in 2013 with the DC Entertainment inspired game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Now, in the absence of official word from the studio on what is next in the NetherRealm pipeline, Boon has begun teasing a presumed announcement before E3 2014 – but what will it be?

The Mortal Kombat creator began his cryptic countdown on Sunday May 4th – using math problems and puzzles to post each entry to Twitter.

Check out the developer’s tweets below:

For those who are not interested in calculating prime numbers or astronomic calendar synchronization, the answers to Boon’s first two tweets are 29 and 28, respectively – meaning that, assuming the announcement isn’t delayed, fans should get a NetherRealm Studios reveal on June 2nd (several days ahed of E3 2014). In the past, NetherRealm unveilings (in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive) have been accompanied by a debut trailer – most recently with Injustice: Gods Among Us kicking-off pre-E3 2012 festivities with actual gameplay footage.

However, at this point Boon is extremely guarded about what players can expect. We do not know for sure that the reveal is even Mortal Kombat related – though, that is the most likely possibility.

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Check out another tweet from Boon below which asserts they are working on a new Mortal Kombat (something we’ve known for awhile) – though this does not necessarily mean the countdown isn’t related to something else entirely:

Rumors of Mortal Kombat 10 have been circulating for over a year – with actor Kiefer Sutherland even stating he was hired for a part in the game. Prior to the announcement of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Boon had suggested that the studio was going to take time away from Mortal Kombat (so they could work on the DC Comics fighter) but the brand is too popular to be left on the sidelines for too long – especially after the team reinvigorated interest. Back in 2012, Boon was already talking about improvements and innovations he’d like to make – teasing that the next Mortal Kombat game could even be next-gen.

Previously, it was rumored the game would also coincide with the release of the Mortal Kombat movie reboot (originally scheduled for 2015) but now that director Kevin Tancharoen is no longer attached to the film, meaning it will be awhile before Scorpion and Sub-Zero make it back to the big screen, it’s likely that NetherRealm and Warner Bros. are still committed to the same release window.

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Nevertheless, without official information, it is also possible that the studio is instead doubling-down on their superhero brawler – prepping a follow-up to Injustice: Gods Among Us. Still, reports of Mortal Kombat 10 development are far more numerous (and credible) than those suggesting Injustice: Gods Among Us 2 will be next. The same can be said for the prospects of a brand new IP – with two highly profitable fighting franchises waiting for expansion, it’s much more likely that NetherRealm will revisit and evolve an established series than take a chance on something entirely new (at least right now).

For now, we have 27 more days to wait but it’s hard to imagine that Boon won’t dole out a few hints ahead of the countdown striking zero.


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We’ll you bring you more updates on Mortal Kombat 10 (or Injustice: Gods Among Us 2) as details become available.

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TAGS: Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive

  • DR34P!RATE

    I would actually like to see a Mortal Kombat MOBA. Think that would be interesting.

    • COREY_1993

      and how would that work exactly? lol

      • DR34P!RATE

        It would be quite easy… “exactly” …. LOL.

        Each MK hero would have components of basic attack, cool down specials (heals,buffs,debuffs,AOE damage,Skill shot damage, Crowd control) etc.

        Two spawns…. lanes, crawl, towers, I know you are probably just being just a smart alec/know it all… but seriously… how it is not clear?

        • Justin Loomis

          I’d rather see a MK MMO before a MOBA. Seriously, MOBA’s are like a dime a dozen now.

      • DR34P!RATE

        MK does not have to be tied down to only a fighting game. There are few fighters with the depth of LORE that MK has and it has the strength to support other Genres under the same IP.

  • COREY_1993

    i think its more likely to be revealed at EVO. the fighting game fans would appreciate it more. revealing it before the finals would be pretty hype. but now i cant remember if MK is even at evo this year lol…

    if they reveal it at E3 then they would definitely demo it at EVO. i cant wait for EVO this year with Ultra street fighter. and the KOF finals are always hype, i dont play it but its great fun to watch. i have it but its a deep learning curve.

  • Imateria

    I hope so, I really enjoyed the last game (I wont call it 9, by my count there’s only actually been 8 main sequence games so far!) and I hope they continue the story from where it left off, just before Shinock’s attack. That’s something this series has always had over the others, the deep and colourful lore.

    • COREY_1993

      meh, story has never been important with fighting games since they were born on arcades. but i suppose its nice to have it but honestly if the next mk game came with no story i wouldnt care.

      • Imateria

        It’s a long time since it was just an arcade game and given how important the story was to the reboot, it would be wrong not to continue it IMO.

      • DR34P!RATE

        meh, story has never been important to ME …..

        I’m not sure what it is that you think makes you some sort of expert, or that your opinion counts more than others, but you might want to reexamine because you’re delusional if you believe it.

        • DR34P!RATE

          Sorry was supposed to have {edit} to ME {/edit}…. but I used < and it treated it like real html.

  • john capper

    it could be a announcement for injustice 2 warner bros. did confirm they are making it

  • Tank His twitter is heavily mentioning Injustice 2

  • reptilexcq

    MK sucks after MKII came out. All the characters don’t look digitally real anymore. They’re washed out cartoonish or don’t like like real looking human.