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.

“Hint for [the] next game?” asked Gui on Twitter during Ed Boon’s Q&A session. Surprisingly, Ed Boon answered by simply stating “I3 or MK12.”

Unless Boon somehow has something else in mind, these abbreviations are clearly pointing towards either Injustice 3 or Mortal Kombat 12. However, some of Boon’s previous comments have seemingly disconfirmed the possibility of Injustice 3 being the next game from NetherRealm Studios.

Back in February of this year, Ed Boon had told Game Informer that NetherRealm Studios had broken their pattern. If not for this, Injustice 3 would probably be the game that everyone was anticipating.

“When we broke that pattern, there was a lot of speculation about what we would be doing next,” said Boon. “I can tell you there was a reason for it, and when we announce our next game, it’ll make a lot more sense.”

The “pattern” that Ed Boon is referring 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 soon fix” the issue regarding the scarcity of 3D era characters from modern Mortal Kombat titles. This means we could end up seeing more characters that appeared in Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

However, Boon doesn’t seem to hopeful that 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 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 will not be among the guest characters.

Finally, Boon confirmed that he’ll be at The Game Awards 2022, but he won’t be “presenting.” This can be taken to mean a couple of different things, but it sounds like the announcement for NetherRealm Studios’ next project won’t actually be happening at The Game Awards 2022.

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