Latest Mortal Kombat teaser points toward a timeline reset or soft reboot

Latest Mortal Kombat teaser points toward a timeline reset or soft reboot



Warner Bros. Discovery casually name-dropped Mortal Kombat 12 earlier in the year, when an earnings call revealed the fighter was “set to release this year, with ambitious launch projections.” The relaxed announcement wasn’t followed by any flashy marketing (outside of a few funny Ed Boon tweets) until now. Developer Netherrealm have been dropping small teasers that potentially point toward a series reboot, or a timeline cleanse, or a return to the series’ past. Hey, the next instalment might not even be named MK12. Watch last night’s very brief teaser below:


The vague clip has set fan theories alight as Mortal Kombat’s history with time travel began with MK9’s sort-of rebooted timeline, which is conveniently the number that the red clock hand starts at in the teaser. From there the hand ticks past (MK)10 and (MK)11, stutters for a bit, and then completely springs past (MK)12 to land on 1.


Going back to the past has already been conveniently set up during Mortal Kombat 11 and its Aftermath expansion as Kronika’s hourglass was used to reshape the timeline, sending old-timer Liu Kang back to an era before the events of the very first game. Or something to that effect. Playing through Mortal Kombat’s campaigns is always fun, but with so many alternate versions of characters, I’ve somewhat lost my mind trying to keep up. So maybe a soft reboot is needed.


According to reliable leaker Billbil-Kun (spotted by Eurogamer), the mysterious next entry could be called Mortal Kombat 1 – following Battlefield 1 and Xbox One into the territory of confusing names. At least it won’t be named simply Mortal Kombat, otherwise we’d have three of those and talking about it casually would be exhausting.


We can expect an official announcement in the coming days or weeks, but 2023 is already shaping up to be a killer year for fighting games. The all-star lineup kicks off with Street Fighter 6 next month, and the upcoming Tekken 8 could arrive within the year too.

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On Monday, NetherRealm Studios, makers of the long-running Mortal Kombat fighting game franchise, released an all-new teaser titled, “The History of Mortal Kombat Part 1.” The teaser detailed events from the beginning of the original Mortal Kombat arcade game to the conclusion of Mortal Kombat 11.

The trailer elaborates on a rumor that the next game in the Mortal Kombat franchise will be a timeline reset or soft reboot. This rumor originates from a job listing posted by NetherRealm earlier this month in which they advertised a “Senior Designer, Story.” In the job listing, NetherRealm specified that the Senior Designer should be familiar with “timeline resets” and reboots.

The teaser trailer which was released on Monday furthers the notion of a timeline reset or soft reboot being possibly in the works for the next Mortal Kombat game. As the trailer narrates the major plot points of the Mortal Kombat games, it abruptly stops after concluding the events of Mortal Kombat 11, adding further credibility to the rumor that the next game in the series will feature either a timeline reset or soft reboot.

Mortal Kombat fans have long been hoping for a possible timeline reset or soft reboot of the series as the long-running games have experienced a significant amount of plot divergence over the years and some have felt that the timeline was in need of a reset or reboot. Now with the release of the teaser trailer, it appears that NetherRealm may finally be going in that direction and delivering an all-new game to the ever-growing fan base.

It is still unclear what the timeline reset or soft reboot could entail and NetherRealm has yet to officially confirm or deny any of the rumors. Until then, fans will have to wait patiently to find out what the developers have in store for them and how the series may evolve.

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