On October 18th, Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon announced that to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the legendary, gore-tastic fighting franchise, they would be introducing new characters to NetherRealm Studios’ mobile games such as Mortal Kombat X, WWE Immortals, Injustice: Gods Among us and Injustice 2. Wait, what?
To commemorate such an anniversary, they are adding new characters to a selection of mobile games? This seems like a confusing move, and a rather disappointing one if nothing else is in the pipeline for the MK series. With Injustice 2 releasing this year, I don’t think too much can be expected in terms of a new Mortal Kombat game, but would it be too much to expect some form of news on the franchise’s future on such an occasion?
Boon and fellow developers behind the series discussed with IGN the history of the franchise over the last quarter of a century, which ended with them remaining tight-lipped on what’s coming next. It just seems hard to imagine what they will announce if not a new mainline entry, unless they decide to add even further content to Mortal Kombat X, which was hinted at last year on Twitter as you can see below:
We all know how Ed likes to tease fans with what’s in the works, but it raises the question of whether or not it would be worthwhile adding even more DLC to MKX at this stage. I still drop in on the online aspect of the game from time to time, and finding games isn’t always the easiest of tasks. That is by no means a slight on the game either, it’s just that it may have run its course for a lot of players having been out for a while, with some possibly moving over to this year’s release of Injustice 2.
So if not more MKX content, then we could be looking at Mortal Kombat 11 to kick the franchise back into gear. At this time, it’s a hope and pray scenario that the only thing to celebrate 25 years of Kombat isn’t just new characters in a set of mobile games.