Has Ed Boon squarely confirmed NetherRealm Studios’ next project with his latest clues?

It’s been over a year since NetherRealm Studios announced the completion of post-launch development for Mortal Kombat 11. What could your next project be? Is it Mortal Kombat 12, Injustice 3 something Marvel related or is it something else entirely?

During Ed Boon’s recent Q&A session on Twitter, he apparently released a crucial clue as to what NetherRealm Studios’ next project is. With that in mind, all signs seem to be pointing to Mortal Kombat 12.

“Note for [the] next game?” he asked Gui on Twitter during Ed Boon’s Q&A session. Surprisingly, Ed Boon replied by simply saying “I3 or MK12”.

Unless Boon has something else in mind, those acronyms clearly point to either Injustice 3 or Mortal Kombat 12. However, some of Boon’s previous comments seem to have debunked the possibility that Injustice 3 could be NetherRealm Studios’ next game.

Back in February of this year, Ed Boon told Game Informer that NetherRealm Studios had broken their pattern. If that weren’t the case, Injustice 3 would probably be the game everyone has been waiting for.

“When we broke that pattern, there was a lot of speculation about what we would do next,” Boon said. “I can tell you there was a reason for that and when we announce our next game it will make a lot more sense.”

The “pattern” Ed Boon is referring to is a reference to how NetherRealm Studios has tended to switch between titles in the Mortal Kombat and Injustice series since Mortal Kombat 9. We had Mortal Kombat 9, followed by Injustice: Gods Among Us, followed by Mortal Kombat X, followed by Injustice 2, and then Mortal Kombat 11.

During the same Q&A session, Ed Boon also stated that NetherRealm Studios will “fix soon” the 3D-era character rarity issue in modern Mortal Kombat titles. That means we could end up seeing more characters that appeared in Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

However, Boon doesn’t seem to be hoping that we’ll see Kabal in the next installment of Mortal Kombat. The question mark in his tweet naturally raises a few questions.

While we can certainly expect plenty of horror movie characters in future Mortal Kombat games from NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon insists Freddy Fazbear from the Five Nights at Freddy’s series will not be a guest character.

Finally, Boon confirmed he’ll be at the Game Awards 2022, but he won’t be “presenting.” This can be taken to mean a few different things, but it sounds like the announcement for NetherRealm Studios’ next project won’t actually happen at The Game Awards 2022.

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