Mortal Kombat 12 has been speculated about for a long time, but Warner Bros. Discovery finally confirmed it during their earnings call for the fourth quarter of 2022. Expect it to hit shelves sometime later in 2018.
Warner Bros. Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav made the announcement during a part of the call dedicated to the company’s gaming operations. In an interview, he said that both Mortal Kombat 12 and Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will release “with aggressive launch expectations” later this year.
According to Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery plans to focus heavily on the video gaming industry in the next year as a way to differentiate itself from other media conglomerates.
Mortal Kombat’s creator, NetherRealm Studios, hasn’t made any public comments about the situation. Fans have long had a hunch that a new installment in the popular fighting game series was on the way. Even though it has been a while since NetherRealm released a game. Ed Boon has regularly let fans down on social media ahead of big game announcements. In October 2022 he said the studio’s next project would “come in due time.”
After an image of NetherRealm producer Jonathan Andersen’s desk surfaced last year showing a file name on his monitor titled “MK12 Mast…” and an email with the subject line “Our fans eagerly scrape the internet,” some fans began to speculate that Andersen had intentionally leaked the existence of Mortal Kombat 12. Mortal Kombat 11, the previous installment, was published in 2019 and has sold over 12 million copies as of July 2021. This past year marked Mortal Kombat’s 30th anniversary as a series.