The next entry in Mortal Kombat The series was finally officially unveiled earlier this week with an announcement trailer that told the story and a bunch of new details. It looks like NetherRealm is looking to make it big with its latest entry, a first for the current generation, and it certainly has competition for the biggest fighting game as its rivals are also getting big.

As the hype builds, the MortalKombat subreddit has become active, and past comments from NetherRealm Creative Director Ed Boon have resurfaced as we know that the studio’s next game will indeed be Mortal Kombat. Back in December 2022, Boone invited people on Twitter to ask him, and one fan asked, “What’s the reason why MK11 ended earlier than expected?” Boone responded with information that will tell us more about the next entry, which would have been Mortal Kombat 12 if not for the numbering change.


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Boone responded that Mortal Kombat 11’s support was the longest NetherRealm has supported the game, and that “the next game should be even longer“. Now that we know the next game is Mortal Kombat 1, we can reasonably expect DLC support for it to last at least as long as the previous game, if not longer.

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We know some of the DLC that NetherRealm has already prepared for the game, with details appearing in Amazon listings and the Nintendo Store. There are 12 pieces of DLC, with six confirmed characters, five confirmed Kameo characters, and one confirmed skin among them, though leaks suggest Omni-Man and Ermac will also be DLC.

It is safe to say that there will be much more to come. But it should be noted that while Boone may want to support his games as long and as much as possible, those decisions are ultimately not up to him alone, Warner Bros. has the final say. Interactive Entertainment.

Raiden and Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat 1.

But it seems that Warner Bros. allowed NetherRealm to go big for Mortal Kombat 1, as Boone revealed on Twitch that the development period for the game was longer than any other Mortal Kombat. According to the creative director, this is the studio’s biggest undertaking, and the development time will “show” in the final product.

The game will also compete with new entries from Capcom and Bandai Namco as the fighting genre heats up again for this generation, with Street Fighter 6 launching on June 2nd. Meanwhile, the development budget for Tekken 8 has been increased compared to the previous game, while the current-gen exclusive could be released later this year or in early 2024. Mortal Kombat 1 is scheduled for release on September 19 for PS5, PC, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch.

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