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Mortal Kombat 11 is not the best selling title in the series yet after all corrects Ed Boon

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 27, 2021 at 3:34 p.m. PDT • Comments: 7

Yesterday, Warner Bros. dropped the big news that Mortal Kombat 11 had impressively reached 12 million copies sold worldwide after not talking about numbers for the fighting game for almost a year.

Many outlets reported at the time that milestone also made MK11 the best selling title ever in the almost 30-year-old franchise, but Mortal Kombat Co-creator Ed Boon came out to correct them.

According to Boon, the predecessor Mortal Kombat X still holds that title though it may not remain that way for much longer.

"Fun fact: MK11 is on course to pass MKX as the highest selling game in the franchise!" wrote Boon on Twitter.

It's understandable why people would think the new game is top dog, however, considering the last we'd heard publicly, Mortal Kombat X had sold just under 11 million copies.

That announcement came just weeks short of the launch of Mortal Kombat 11, so it seems like the older title that first released in 2015 still managed to push at least another million or two after the new hotness was already on the market.

Either way, Mortal Kombat has been a sales juggernaut among fighting games this past decade with the two latest entries each selling as much as Street Fighter 5 and Dragon Ball FighterZ combined.

The only thing stopping them from being the best of the best in the modern landscape of fighting games is the ridiculous numbers that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has pushed with over 23.8 million units sold in less than three years.

This of course all comes just a few weeks after NetherRealm Studios suddenly announced that Mortal Kombat 11 would no longer be receiving development support after less than two years on market.

Whatever NRS is working on next will likely carry with it lofty sales expectations from WB though it seems they haven't released a financial dud since their inception over a decade ago.

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