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Mortal Kombat may be building up to a new announcement at The Game Awards

Or perhaps another day that's quickly approaching

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 28, 2022 at 5:08 p.m. PST • Comments: 12

Mortal Kombat is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, but there's yet to be any notable announcements to come out of the special event.

That all could be changing pretty soon, however, with some eagle-eyed fans pointing to a theory that NetherRealm Studios is building up to a big reveal as soon as The Game Awards 2022, which seems plausible.

If you've been closely following the official Mortal Kombat Twitter page, you'll likely have already noticed they've been regularly posting special tweets regarding each mainline release in the series.

These posts started on October 11, 2022 with the original Mortal Kombat, and though there were only 2 days between the first 2 celebratory tweets, they've kept a pretty consistent pace of 1 game per week since.

Fighting game content creator Rooflemonger and other members in the community have noticed this pattern with the belief NetherRealm is potentially building up to something big, especially after the latest game included.

This week's anniversary title is Mortal Kombat Armageddon, which serves significant importance to the longrunning franchise on multiple levels as well as its direct successors.

The 7th mainline entry was the big conclusion to the story of Mortal Kombat's original timeline as well as the last or second to last game before the reboot depending on how you want to count them.

With The Game Awards now being just 10 days away, that means the next post lining up with the event will be Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, or if NRS wants to skip over it like most fans prefer to, Mortal Kombat (2011).

MK vs. DC was technically the final game before the reboot, and that project is what led to Warner Bros. purchasing NRS and the franchise as well as the eventual creation of the Injustice universe.

Mortal Kombat 9, on the other hand, was the timeline reset that the past 3 entries have followed and brought the franchise back into prominence.

Both of these titles could sensibly point to 1 of 3 potential announcements if they are indeed counting up to The Game Awards, which NRS has a history with considering they revealed Mortal Kombat 11 at the 2018 show.

The most obvious answer would of course be Mortal Kombat 12, and that would cleanly match up with both Armageddon and MK9 considering all of the timeline shenanigans in MK11 that basically restarted the whole universe.

Injustice 3 would be the other instant pick with its clear connection to MK vs. DC, but that idea seems pretty disconfirmed at this point.

Earlier this year, NRS Creative Director Ed Boon revealed to Game informer that the developers had broken their pattern of alternating MK and Injustice releases for their next title.

The Mortal Kombat Co-creator also recently responded to a hint for the company's next game from a fan with "I3 or MK12," but his previous comment seems clear that it won't simply be a new Injustice.

So that leaves either MK12 or potentially something more crazy like Mortal Kombat vs. Injustice or the Marvel Comics game they're rumored to be working on — but that's all still conjecture at this point.

There's the strong chance that this build up could be for another time in the near future that's not connected to The Game Awards at all.

If they continue posting under the current schedule, NRS will hit MK11's release around December 19 or 26 depending on whether they count MK vs DC or not, so those dates or the week after are also times to look out for potential news if nothing comes next week.

While it's fun doing all this speculation and trying to fit puzzle pieces together, it's also important to take this theory with a heaping grain of salt because the last option is NRS is simply posting their games to celebrate their long legacy.

We won't have to wait much longer, however, to find out what NetherRealm and the rest of the fighting game developers may have in store for The Game Awards, since the show is set to go on next Thursday, December 8.

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