Update: The next big Mortal Kombat game is getting closer to being confirmed as NetherRealm creative director and the man behind the franchise Ed Boon continues to tease on Twitter. After the poster leaks, Boon updated his Twitter page with an updated version of the Mortal Kombat logo as his icon, as well as a large wallpaper reading "Who's Next" at the top of the page.
If that wasn't enough, Boon half-confirmed the Mortal Kombat reveal in tandem with providing a timeframe for the announcement in a single tweet. We're less than a week from the next Mortal Kombat, everyone:
I don't suppose there's anything I can do to make you think we still MIGHT be announcing Injustice 2 in #five days is there.....?— Ed Boon (@noobde) May 29, 2014
You know something big's coming when NetherRealm's Ed Boon starts dropping teasers on Twitter. The man can't help himself, he has to tell his fans when big things are coming. While he hasn't let anything official slip just yet, he may not have to. A post on Reddit (from throwaway account Itshappening24), likely coming from a gaming retailer, features a photo of a pile of posters 100% confirming something Mortal Kombat this way comes. A shattered X-rayed spine lines the center of the poster. Below it, both the Mortal Kombat logo and the text, "Who's Next?" can be read.
What we've got here is almost certainly promotional material meant to be given out with pre-orders for an as-yet unannounced game. Retailers like GameStop tend to get these pieces of promotional material in the days ahead of said official announcements. Considering Ed Boon's teasers are getting pushed out at an accelerating rate, one might assume we'll be hearing something more official very soon.
A betting man would put his money on Mortal Kombat 10 being announced, but that may not necessarily be the case. There's also the possibility that Injustice: Gods Among Us may be getting a sequel, or perhaps some other Mortal Kombat vs. spin-off. Even the text of the poster could be read as to imply that the Mortal Kombat characters will be fighting some interesting new foes. Or, folk could just be reading into it too much.
I'm personally hoping for just some straight up Mortal Kombat sequelage, much like many in the fighting game community probably are. The Mortal Kombat reboot was great. It had its flaws which will probably keep it from having an extended life-spawn, but it was the foundation the franchise needed to get back on its feet. What dreams may come for Mortal Kombat 10, the sequel to the reboot? I can't wait to find out.
Expect news on whatever this Mortal Kombat game may be in the days or weeks to come. It definitely won't be lasting all the way until E3, that's for sure. In the mean time, we'll have to deal with more Ed Boon teasers like the following:
What is the square root of 324?— Ed Boon (@noobde) May 28, 2014