Did Ed Boon just plainly confirm NetherRealm Studios’ next project with his latest batch 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 Marvel related, or is it something completely different?

During Ed Boon’s latest Q&A session on Twitter, he seemingly gave a decisive hint as to what NetherRealm Studios’ next project is. With this hint in mind, all signs now seem to point in the direction of Mortal Kombat 12.

“Hint 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 somehow has something else in mind, these abbreviations clearly point to Injustice 3 or Mortal Kombat 12. However, some of Boon’s previous comments have seemingly denied the possibility of Injustice 3 being NetherRealm Studios’ next game.

In February of this year, Ed Boon told Game Informer that NetherRealm Studios had broken their pattern. If it weren’t for this, Injustice 3 would probably be the game everyone was 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 it, and when we announce our next game it will make a lot more sense.”

The “pattern” Ed Boon refers to is a reference to how NetherRealm Studios tends to alternate 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 followed by Mortal Kombat 11.

During that same Q&A session, Ed Boon also stated that NetherRealm Studios will “fix soon” the problem related to the paucity of 3D-era characters from modern Mortal Kombat titles. This means we could eventually see more characters appearing in Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

However, Boon doesn’t seem to be hoping we’ll see Kabal in the next Mortal Kombat installment. Of course, the question mark in his Tweet raises a few questions.

While we can certainly expect to see plenty of horror movie characters in NetherRealm Studios’ future Mortal Kombat games, Ed Boon is adamant that Freddy Fazbear from the Five Nights at Freddy’s series won’t be among the guest characters.

Finally, Boon confirmed that he will be attending The Game Awards 2022, but will not be “presenting”. This could mean several things, but it sounds like the announcement for NetherRealm Studios’ next project won’t actually happen during The Game Awards 2022.

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