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Ed Boon recently hosted several interesting AMAs in which the topic of NetherRealm Studios' next project came up several times...

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • September 27, 2022 at 1:54 p.m. PDT • Comments: 10

It's been over a year since it was announced that post-launch development for Mortal Kombat 11 wrapped up and that NetherRealm Studios had moved on to their next project. Oddly though, we've yet to receive an official announcement on what this "next project" is, but there have been plenty of rumors circulating on what it could be.

Though Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series and Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, has been rather tightlipped about the mysterious project, he recently hosted a couple of "Ask Me Anything" (or more specifically, "Ask Me Stuff") sessions on Twitter in which questions about the next project were asked several times. It's a bit of a longshot, but it's possible that some clues about what it is could be derived from Boon's words.

Unsurprisingly, Ed Boon was asked specifically about Mortal Kombat 12 several times. What's particularly interesting is how Boon responded differently to what was effectively the same question.

"We are not ready to announce when our next game is," responded Boon to one person's question. "I know you want to know now, but its not time yet."

"Mortal Kombat 11 was our biggest Mortal Kombat ever," responded Boon a little later to what was effectively the same exact question. "I'd be surprised if we NEVER did another one."

Ed Boon would continue being asked specifically about "when is Mortal Kombat 12?" several times throughout the "Ask Me Stuff" session.

At a certain point, one fan asked about the potential for a Shaolin Monks remaster. It's worth noting that the Mortal Kombat series has really only seen the release of fighting games since Midway Games became NetherRealm Studios.

"You KNOW we've talked about this," stated Ed Boon in response to this question. "But its hard to fit in a big project like that and continuing to make our MK and Injustice games. Some day."

The Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios was also asked about whether or not we can see characters like Tremor, Smoke, Cyrax, and Sektor return as playable characters. Boon appeared to be choosing his words very carefully to questions like these.

What's really interesting is how Boon at one point states that NetherRealm Studios has "more than one pot on the stove." Could NetherRealm Studios be gearing up for multiple game releases?

As expected, Boon was unwilling to give a concrete answer about when us fans will receive official news about NetherRealm Studios' next project. The Game Awards seems like a good guess, but Boon wasn't able to disclose if this is actually the case or not.

We did, however, learn that NetherRealm Studios is experimenting with something involving crossplay progression. Nothing is guaranteed at the moment, but there could be a new system in place for the next game.

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