Update: Another tease for the future of Mortal Kombat has appeared online, and it’s added more fuel to the fan theory that this next game will be something of a reboot for the franchise. The video, which you can see below, shows the second hand of a clock ticking up to the number 12 before it violently skips it and jumps over to the 1, instead:
Whatever it means, it seems we’re inching closer every day to a proper reveal.
The Mortal Kombat series has been going for 30 years now. To that end, the NetherRealm team from artists to producers, designers and more (and of course, big Ed Boon himself) has taken to social media with a two-minute video celebrating 30 years of Mortal Kombat and personally thanking fans for sticking with the series for three entire decades.
And, capping off the immensely gratitude-al video is a quick tease of something those same fans have been waiting for – the next game in the series.
While the 10-second clip of a grain of sand in an hourglass exploding in a Big-Bang-like fashion isn’t exactly an internet-breaking vision of Mortal Kombat 12 – which was unceremoniously “announced” during a Warner Bros. earnings call a couple of months ago – it will potentially have some implications for fans who’ve been following the events of Mortal Kombat 11 and especially its Aftermath expansion.
Someone’s a big fan of the Mortal Kombat series over at Polygon and has already done a fantastic job of explaining why this is such an exciting clip of a grain of sand – linking it to Kronika, the Titan known as the Keeper of Time in MK11’s story who acts as the catalyst for some time-bending mischief and past versions of characters returning.
It’s theorised that the visual of the exploding sand essentially alludes to a “blowing up” of the Mortal Kombat timeline, a move that could see NetherRealm go absolutely crazy on bringing characters from all eras into the mix or even resetting and rebooting entirely.
If what we know from that Warner Bros. earnings call is correct, we can probably expect to see Mortal Kombat 12 drop as soon as this year, so this incredibly-slight tease may just be the tip of an iceberg that’s about to come crashing into the scene.