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There will be no Mortal Kombat 12 announcement at The Game Awards next week, Ed Boon confirms

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NetherRealm Studios is not ready to announce their next game yet

One of the biggest platforms for major video game reveals, The Game Awards, is kicking off next week and will undoubtedly bring with it several exciting reveals for fans to enjoy. Unfortunately, the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat 12 announcement will not be one of them.

Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon took to Twitter just a short while ago to deliver the news. According to Boon, NetherRealm Studios will not be revealing their next game at the awards show.

A large part of why fans have been heavily expecting the next Mortal Kombat title to be revealed at The Game Awards is due to NetherRealm announcing Mortal Kombat 11 at the event four years ago. In his tweet, Ed addresses this directly, and says although that moment was great, they will not be returning to do it again.

"4 years ago at the Game Awards we managed to pull off a surprise announcement of MK11, which turned out great," Boon began. "Perhaps too great, as many assumed we'd repeat that trick for our next game."

Boon thanked the people for their anticipation, and ended the tweet with a line that we've been hearing quite a bit this year from the company. "Thank you for the anticipation, but we're not ready to announce the next NRS game yet," said Boon.

4 years ago at the Game Awards we managed to pull off a surprise announcement of MK11, which turned out great.

Perhaps too great, as many assumed we'd repeat that trick for our next game.

Thank you for the anticipation, but we're not ready to announce the next NRS game yet.🙏 pic.twitter.com/QMXsuEPchR

— Ed Boon (@noobde) December 2, 2022

NetherRealm Studios has been very quiet on what their next project is for some time now. Back in July of 2021, the company announced that content support for Mortal Kombat 11 had officially concluded and the company had moved on to their next project.

Since then, there really hasn't been much for fans to sink their teeth into, short of a handful of potential hints from Ed Boon himself.

We know that NRS has broken their pattern of alternating between Mortal Kombat and Injustice game releases, which means a potential Injustice 3 is very likely disconfirmed at this point. Boon also hinted at another Mortal Kombat title being next in line with a recent response on Twitter.

During one of his latest Q&A sessions on Twitter, one fan asked Boon if he could give a hint for the next game, to which the developer replied, "I3 or MK12." Considering that an Injustice 3 is almost certainly ruled out at this point, Boon's response here was interpreted by many to mean Mortal Kombat 12 is inbound.

But alas, Ed Boon has gone on record saying that NetherRealm Studios will not be presenting at The Game Awards this year, and now confirms that their next game won't be unveiled at the event either.

The company just isn't ready to show the world what they're working on, but with the next generation of fighting games swiftly approaching — with Street Fighter 6 coming next year and Tekken 8 potentially also seeing a 2023 release — one can't help but wonder when that right time will be.

The Game Awards is scheduled to take place on December 8 at 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET.

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