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

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.

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MultiVersus is no longer the most popular fighting game on PC, nor is it even #2

MultiVersus absolutely destroyed records when it released this Summer as the biggest fighting game launch on PC ever, but it's apparently failed to maintain that momentum and initial success in the following months.

Where Warner Bros.' platform fighter once eclipsed the rest of the genre's active players on Steam combined, MultiVersus has exponentially dropped in its user count to the point where it can't be even the definitive number two in terms of popularity.

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Complete Black Friday 2022 fighting game shopping guide

Update: Our Black Friday fighting game shopping guide has been updated to include the long list of deals available now in the Steam Autumn Sale.

The biggest shopping week of the year is now bearing down on us like a festive wild boar, bringing with it many of the best sales and deals you can find.

Considering there's too many stores and online retailers to keep track of, we've put together a complete Black Friday shopping guide for fighting game fans full of deep discounts and cheer.

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Did Ed Boon just outright confirm NetherRealm Studios' next project with his latest set of hints?

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

During Ed Boon's latest Q&A session on Twitter, he seemingly released a decisive hint on what NetherRealm Studios' next project is. With this hint in mind, all signs now seem to be pointing towards Mortal Kombat 12.

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Pro Mortal Kombat player loses to the series' most ridiculous Brutality in this hilarious Mortal Kombat X clip

The Mortal Kombat series has a ton of silly finishers that players are able to use in order to put a stamp on their victory. From the myriad of lighthearted Friendships to Quan Chi's neck stretch Fatality, you can find some ridiculous stuff in the most violent mainstream fighting game series around. However, none of them are quite as ridiculous as a certain Brutality in Mortal Kombat X...

Pro NetherRealm Studios game player Mr. Aquaman shared a clip on Twitter in which he took a loss to the most absurd Brutality the franchise has to offer. That's right, here in 2022 this player got caught by none other than the "Blanche" finisher, and it's just as funny now as it was back in 2015.

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BossLogic's incredible Mortal Kombat fan art featuring Sub-Zero, Noob Saibot, Smoke, and Kabal is unrivaled

BossLogic's artwork is fantastic. If you're unfamiliar, this digital artist's portfolio consists of outstanding pieces depicting the likes of Black Panther, Black Adam, UFC fighters, Spider-Man, Thor, and so many other popular characters across various media.

Naturally, our favorite here on the site is Boss' fighting game art, and some of his recently shared Mortal Kombat pieces still have us in awe. Sub-Zero, Noob Saibot, Kabal, and Smoke all look tremendous in these killer portraits.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Pinhead considered for Mortal Kombat multiple times says Ed Boon, shares worst fan character request

Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon has been conducting a series of "ask me stuff" sessions in which he hops onto Twitter and allows followers to ask him questions that he makes sure to reply to. His latest AMA, which is the sixth one he's done, took place this past weekend, and during that window of time Boon fielded over 60 questions from fans.

Among the numerous queries for Mr. Boon, a handful of Twitter users asked about specific guest characters for NetherRealm Studios games and if they were ever considered. Of the names that popped up, both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies were mentioned, and Boon even revealed who the worst guest character suggestion he's received over the years is.

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The slowest attacks in Mortal Kombat history tended to be unviable but there were exceptions as outlined by TrueUnderDawgGaming

As one might expect from a fighting game series, the speed of attacks tended to vary by quite a bit. Some moves are just simply faster than others. There are plenty of reasons why an attack like Reptile's Reptilian Dash has less start up than your typical unblockable.

In a recent video upload, TrueUnderDawgGaming highlighted some of the slowest attacks that have appeared throughout Mortal Kombat history. Needless to say, a number of these highlighted moves were basically unviable, but there were some that actually had practical uses.

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This amazing real match Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Fujin combo has an exceptionally brutal ending

We've seen a lot of killer Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate combos grace our front page over the years, but it's been a little while since we've featured one. Thankfully, despite the game no longer receiving content support and NetherRealm Studios being hard at work on their next project, dedicated players continue to grind and share some of their best tech.

A clip from Twitter user Shenles recently crossed our path and showcases a devastating Fujin combo that was performed in a real match and extends well into the "Finish Him!" screen. This sequence has an exceptionally brutal ending, not only because of the Brutality that closes it out, but also because of one hit in particular that is expertly placed.

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If Disney made a Mortal Kombat movie Scorpion, Sonya, and more would look just like this spectacular fan art from Ricky Baba

When one thinks of the Mortal Kombat series, with all of its blood, violence, and gore, one typically does not think of Disney. The two entities might be direct opposites by nature, with one being all about ripping off heads and lobbing off limbs and the other a family friendly organization that makes kids' dreams come true.

But for some reason, when you combine these two things together you get something absolutely incredible. A digital artist who has done work for Dreamworks by the name of Ricky Baba has created fan art of popular Mortal Kombat characters like Sonya Blade and Sub-Zero depicting them in the style of a Disney / Pixar film, and the end result is tremendous.

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The Waka Flocka Flame vs. SonicFox fighting game grudge match is actually happening

A couple of weeks ago Fighting Game Twitter was lighting up with beefs between professional rappers and pro fighting game players. Of the interactions going on, a back and forth between rapper Waka Flocka Flame and top competitor Dominique "EG|SonicFox" McLean stood out among the pack and got people actively talking.

The short version is that Waka Flocka put out a tweet saying how good he is at fighting games and that no one would want to test that, and thus began a list of comments with people suggesting opponents for him. SonicFox's name kept coming up, and though there was a lot of talk between the two, it was unclear whether or not they'd actually have a grudge match. This morning, we learned that the bout is indeed going to happen.

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Blink Respawn 2022 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The age of major events taking place all over the world on a near weekly basis is once again upon us, and it's time for the Dominican Republic to give the fighting game community a show that only they can provide.

Blink Respawn 2022 is going down this weekend to bring together many of the best players across North, Central and South America to compete including PG|Punk, FURY|Fatality, GOT|DR Ray, Bandits|MenaRD, Bandits|Caba, Larry Lurr, Bandits|Sonic, LD|Ling, RR|Mono, Crossover, LuiMan20, and plenty more.

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PnD Ketchup utterly breaks highest difficulty AI in Mortal Kombat Gold

Mortal Kombat 4 and its update, Mortal Kombat Gold, don't have the best reputation in for being standout franchise entries, but must still be lauded for effectively transitioning Mortal Kombat into the 3D fighting space without killing the IP.

Exploring such a new space naturally meant there would be bugs as unforeseen issues slipped through cracks, some of which hindered players, others of which gave them way too much power. PnD Ketchup has discovered some new tech over 20 years later that makes getting through the game's most difficult AI opposition a ridiculous breeze.

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High quality shots of Onslaught Sub-Zero recreated in Mortal Kombat 11 as highlighted by TQT

NetherRealm Studios announced that post-launch development for Mortal Kombat 11 had ceased over a year ago. As of right now, we still don't know what NetherRealm Studios' "next project" is.

However, fans were recently surprised when "Mortal Kombat Onslaught" was briefly leaked. While this is a mobile game, it's interesting to note that Mortal Kombat Onslaught reuses a number of assets from Mortal Kombat 11.

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Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias illustrates MK1 Raiden for first time in 30 years, artwork currently on auction for charity

We hear a lot from Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon as he is the Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios and still working on the company's fighting games, but what about the franchise's other co-creator? John Tobias, Boon's partner in crime coming up with the original titles, is still an artist and a game developer, and recently took on a project for charity that brought him right back to the legendary fighting game series.

For the first time in 30 years, Tobias illustrated the original Mortal Kombat 1 Raiden and the art piece is currently on auction to support the Kombat4Rare charity campaign.

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Was there anything Kitana's Fan Toss didn't do? TrueUnderDawg highlights the most versatile projectile in Mortal Kombat history

Throughout the years, we've seen plenty of "broken" characters in the Mortal Kombat series. It feels like NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat 9 was the first real attempt to really emphasize balance as it was the first entry in the series to have balance patches.

Still, some characters were just very clearly better than others in Mortal Kombat 9. Kitana was generally perceived to be one of the better characters in that game, and it was all mostly thanks to how her projectile special, the Fan Toss, worked.

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Mortal Kombat: Onslaught leaks online after briefly becoming available for download

Warner Bros. finally revealed a new game for Mortal Kombat's 30th anniversary earlier this month, but many fans were surprised to see it be a mobile RPG.

Although the title is not supposed to release until 2023, Mortal Kombat: Onslaught's early access has leaked online after briefly becoming available to download on the Google Play Store.

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