With just over three years since Mortal Kombat 11′s release, many fans are eagerly awaiting news on the franchise’s twelfth entry. Despite NetherRealm confirming Mortal Kombat 11‘s development cycle would end last July, both Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios have yet to make an official announcement regarding Mortal Kombat 12. However, rumors have persisted around the game’s development since last year, with job listings from NetherRealm suggesting the game is already in development. Now, one of Mortal Kombat‘s biggest stars may have just dropped some hints of his own.
Though no official statement has been made by NetherRealm, speculation has run rampant for fans waiting for news on a future Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon name-dropped both Mortal Kombat and Injustice during an interview with Game Informer earlier this year while holding off on official confirmation. Insider reports have also heavily implied NetherRealm’s next project will be Mortal Kombat, citing potential licensing issues with Injustice‘s cast of DC characters. Now, a tweet from Johnny Cage’s voice actor Andrew Bowen may have just teased Mortal Kombat 12 on Twitter.
A video posted to Bowen’s Twitter on Monday morning shows the voice actor arriving at Warner Bros’ studios showcasing the iconic WB water tower. The music playing in the background of the video bears a striking resemblance to Mortal Kombat 2, with accompanying voice lines played over. While Bowen’s video is far from a full-on confirmation of a new Mortal Kombat game, his involvement with a mystery Warner Bros. project lends heavily to Bowen reprising his role as Johnny Cage.
Bowen’s cryptic Tweet has come as NetherRealm has been publicly silent about the future of the Mortal Kombat franchise following Mortal Kombat 11‘s conclusion. Earlier this year, rumors surfaced of Warner Bros. Interactive’s studios potentially being sold, with Sony and Microsoft reported to be among the potential buyers. The report revealed that NetherRealm specifically was among the studios that Warner Bros. was looking to shed, sparking speculation about both Mortal Kombat and Injustice‘s future with NetherRealm potentially losing the DC license.
While Mortal Kombat 12 has yet to be officially announced, its predecessor has remained a popular title among fighting game fans. An unannounced update in March saw the removal of the controversial Denuvo DRM from Mortal Kombat 11. The game’s competitive circuit has also continued to thrive with Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate confirmed for Evo 2022 earlier this year. With the game now available as a free title for PS Plus Extra members, Mortal Kombat 11 will look to remain a popular title among fans waiting to see the franchise’s future.
Mortal Kombat 12 is rumored to be in development.