Ed Boon, the co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, has lowered fans expectations for EVO 2022 by stating that Mortal Kombat won’t be appearing at the event.
In a reply to an IGN article, which stated that EVO 2022 would feature announcements from the developers of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Guilty Gear, Ed Boon said “….except Mortal Kombat. Sorry”. The creator then followed up with another tweet stating “It’s time for Street Fighter and other great fighting games to be in the sun! Let’s enjoy that!”.
The latest entry in the series, Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, was released back in 2019, followed by the release of an expansion back in 2020 titled ‘Aftermath’. Even though it’s only been a little over 3 years since its release, fans are already eagerly awaiting the announcement of Mortal Kombat 12, which many expected to be announced at the upcoming EVO 2022 event.
Set to take place between August 5th and August 7th, the Evolution Championship Series will feature some of the biggest fighting games to date. As detailed in a recent PlayStation Blog post, titles such as Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Strive, and more will be celebrated at the 20th Anniversary Event.
The event will feature special coverage including player interviews, guest developers, and “exciting reveals”. PlayStation does state that the EVO 2022 Event will feature Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, but only in terms of “intense showdowns”. Boon’s comments are specifically in reference to any announcements regarding the series, which means we won’t be receiving any word on Mortal Kombat 12 or any form of DLC for Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate.
There are however plenty of rumors and speculation regarding the development of Mortal Kombat 12. Just a few months ago, the actor behind Mortal Kombat’s Johnny Cage tweeted a tease that he was recording dialogue for a new Mortal Kombat game. The tweet has since been deleted, further adding to the speculation that the voice recordings were likely for Mortal Kombat 12.