News Archive - September, 2020
Boon's Klues: Second Mortal Kombat 11 Hint is a Nightmare
But it isn't Freddy!

Something is coming to Mortal Kombat 11, but figuring out exactly what to expect is a grand ol' guessing game. Ed Boon is back to his old tricks, starting the speculation with a Queen of a clue. His next one is a tip of the hat to a horror movie icon, but don't expect Freddy Krueger back any time soon. Read on for all the gory details:

It's been quite a while since Boon has been this ambiguous, and he's avoiding excess confusion by labelling his posts #ActualKlue. He's also putting us on the right track by specifying where to look in a follow-up tweet: "Hint 2.5 = Its related to the title".

The clue [embedded below] is a link to the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street. The 1984 franchise starter also sometimes carries director Wes Craven's name, but what is in a name? The title is what we're looking at, and it's worth noting the YouTube video does include Craven and Johnny Depp's names in the title. We can think of a few other ideas, though.

Boon helpfully rules out a return of 2011 guest character Freddy Krueger in his original tweet, and has also put the kibosh on the much discussed, troubled movie crossover Ash Williams. He's also cast doubt on fan guesses for Ermac, Smoke, and Street Fighter guests.

Remembering that Boon's first clue told us to look to the sky, and this second one relates to some aspect of the film title, it might be something as simple as directing us to the night sky. The klassic clue of "look to la luna" was already on our minds after Bohemian Rhapsody, and Reptile would certainly be a welcome return after his cameo in The Krypt.

Of course, we don't know if these clues actually even point to a next wave of downloadable characters, or an unforseen in-game event. Both clues refer to aspects of perception: Nightmares, as in the film title, and the song lyric "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" Make of that what you will.

Elm Street takes its name from the deciduous tree, and while we aren't certain of the genus of Dead Woods on Shang Tsung's island, The Krypt certainly contains plenty of spooky flora for a nightmare. Earlier thinking could also lead to The Pit stage, which presently only exists as part of The Krypt mode, and as a projection on the Retrocade stage.

In the past Boon has loved a word game, and we'd be remiss if we didn't at least note the initials of the two works used as clues: B, R, A, N, o, E, S. That doesn't appear to spell anything yet, but we'll at least be keeping an open eye on it.

Right now your guess is as good as ours! Drop your wildest theories in the comments below and stay awake on the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for the next clues!

Ed Boon Starts Mortal Kombat 11 Guessing Game With New Clue
Is this just fantasy?

Right from the start Mortal Kombat 11 has promised big things from post-release support. The All Hallow's Eve skin pack is right around the corner, but Creative Director Ed "Doctor" Boon has opened our eyes to what's next with the first cryptic clue in quite some time. Check it out:

Boon chose evergreen rockers Queen to deliver his coded message, embedding the iconic 1975 banger that more recently doubled for the title of the band's Oscar nominated biopic: Bohemian Rhapsody.

In a follow-up tweet he more specifically isolated a particular phrase from the first stanza: "Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see".

Speculation can invite a dangerous game of disappointments, and as is customary for Mortal Kombat ambiguity, the tweet has invited a flood of wild and varied guesses. Most have centered around prospective DLC fighters, but it's worth noting that the Creative Director never even specifies it will be downloadable content.

Boon does very specifically confirm his tweet is a clue, while also labelling it as the first in a series, which means it's smart not to cling too closely to any guesses or theories. As the song says, easy come, easy go.

The next line of the song describes a "poor boy" who needs no sympathy, which could suggest street thief turned Earthrealm hero Kung Jin, who was one of two next generation heroes who didn't make the MK11 cut. Takahashi Takeda was the other notable absentee -- a popular choice for downloadable content.

If we take Boon at his word: looking to the sky might recall another famous clue from the Mortal Kombat canon. "Look to La Luna" started the search for the original secret character and could suggest Reptile will leave his hiding place in The Krypt. Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei looked to the moon (la luna) in the 17th century as the "father of observational astronomy", and his name is chanted later in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bohemian Rhapsody is rich with symbolism and imagery. What do you think Boon's clue is pointing us towards? Share your theories in the comments below and fandango your way to the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for a devil set aside just for you!

PS5 PlayStation Plus Collection To Include Mortal Kombat X
MKX returns on PS5!

Sony has officially unveiled the launch price and starting lineup for the PlayStation 5 and there's a familiar title in the mix! Mortal Kombat X will be available to next generation console players who subscribe to PS Plus! Watch the trailer:


Watch: PS Plus Collection Trailer | PlayStation 5 Showcase | MKX Launch Trailer | MKX Story Trailer | MKX Next Trailer

Mortal Kombat X will be one of the future-retro perks of subscribing to PlayStation Plus on the next gen console. The 2015 MK sequel was one of the highest selling installments of the franchise, and continues to be a favourite among modern kombat enthusiasts. It's included in the PlayStation Plus Collection as one of PS4's defining fighting titles and will be available to download & play at launch.

PlayStation 5 will launch with a standard version with 4K Blu Ray disc drive for $499.99US, and a discless Digital Edition for $399.99 starting November 12th in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. There will be a one week delay for the rest of the world.

MKX joins a huge lineup of generation-defining contemporary games, including: God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Battlefield 1, Monster Hunter World, Fallout 4, Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Ratchet & Clank, , Day Gone, Bloodborne, Detroit: Become Human, Batman: Arkham Knight, Persona 5, Until Dawn, and Resident Evil!

PlayStation continues to be a favourite console for the fighting game genre. Will you be checking out Mortal Kombat X on the PlayStation 5? Tell us what you think in the comments below and get back into the MKX mindset in the Mortal Kombat X forum! Who's next?

DC FanDome Panel Revisits Injustice With Ed Boon & More
From MKvsDC to Injustice 3?

Over the weekend Geoff Keighley entered the DC FanDome to host a virtual panel revisiting the world of Injustice. The all-star creator lineup included NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon & Dominic Cianciolo, and DC Publisher Jim Lee, to look back on the genesis of the fighting franchise and its ever expanding legacy. Catch up on the archived stream right here:

There weren't a lot of revelations for fans who've followed the franchise from its launch with Injustice: Gods Among Us to the video game sequel Injustice 2.

On the subject of a third installment, the NetherRealm Studios head laid it out very clear: 'We have nothing to say at the moment about Injustice 3. I wish we could talk, but at the moment we have nothing to announce. But we appreciate the desire to see one.'

Ed Boon paid homage to the inception of the series with the 2008 crossover Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, which the Creative DIrector credits with inspiring the team to work on a dedicated DC fighting game that emphasized the grand scake of superhero conflict.

The inward focus of this DC only fighter fed the desire to create a scenario that would put heroes like Batman and Superman at odds. The unfolding plot may seem shallow compared with other incarnations of the DC multiverse, but Story Director Dominic Gianciolo assures the battlelines were drawn with consideration for Superman's fall to totalitarianism, and the headlining World's Finest rift, while also satisfying mandated match-ups between popular characters.

Jim Lee further acknowledged the 2013 release as a compliment to DC's linewide reboot, The New 52, which scrapped established canon to redesign and revamp DC's iconic characters with a modern edge. Injustice incorporated various elements from those comic books, even going so far as to design moves inspired by specific cover art. The influence of Injustice can also be seen in DC's Extended Universe cinematic offerings, such as Justice League.

Comic book writer Tom Taylor highlighted the challenges of building the world of Injustice and its compromised Superman. He worked from the game script to create the best selling digital-first series, using its cues to shift a massive cast of icons with mind for their roles in the game. The incorporation of additional characters later created challenges for Injustice 2, as the game developers attempted to honor the tie-in. The series recently returned with a prequel: Injustice: Year Zero.

The FanDome stream also touched on the inclusion of The Joker as a guest character in Mortal Kombat 11. Ed Boon revealed the role of Joaquin Phoenix's starring R-rated role in emboldening them to approach DC for the character. Character & Story Director Dominic Cianciolo revealed their version drew inspiration from another cinematic reference - Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.

[Related Article: Joker Laughs Last In Mortal Kombat 11 Gameplay Trailer]

Would you like to see more Injustice or another MK/DC crossover in the future? Jump into the comments to tell us what you thought of the FanDome panel and discuss more in the DC Universe Injustice forum!

Warner Bros Games Reportedly No Longer for Sale
AT&T reevaluates WB Games value.

The future of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has been cast under a cloud of uncertainty ever since June, when it was reported parent company AT&T was considering selling its video game assets. A recent internal corporate memo suggested stability, and now a new report claims the sale is off the table. Read on for details:

Bloomberg cites "people familiar with the situation" in a report that claims the video game division have been removed from AT&T's "noncore" assets. Its believed any sale would have included NetherRealm Studios and Mortal Kombat, along with prospective licenses for DC Comics properties such as Injustice, and more. Warner Bros Games was estimated to be worth $4 billion in total, with Microsoft among the serious bidders.

NetherRealm has continued to seek recruitment in key areas throughout this period, which also included other major gaming announcements from sister studios. The first DC FanDome event confirmed new Arkham game Gotham Knights from WB Games Montreal, while Rocksteady Studios revealed the franchise expansion Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.

Gamers were well positioned to see the value in AT&T retaining the Warner investment. Mortal Kombat has consistently been a major seller since their 2009 acqusition, with the Wall Street Journal reporting a staggering 5 million units sold for Mortal Kombat X. The property has also spawned an animated feature, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, and next year's live-action movie reboot.

Although the recent WarnerMedia corporate shuffle didn't appear to directly address changes for gaming, it seems attitude towards potential growth in the area has led to the change. A driving factor may be the radically different media landscape emerging since the outbreak of COVID-19, and greater engagements with digital consumption.

In the last week Sony has reported both its all-time most downloaded game, Fall Guys, and its most downloaded beta, Avengers. Microsoft also saw an increase in console sales as a result of lockdown and self-isolating measures.

What do you think about the prospect of Mortal Kombat staying at Warner Brothers? Share your thoughts about the future of the franchise and if you think things will remain stable in the comments below. Find and discuss more topics in the Future MK and Mortal Kombat 11 forums. Special thanks to MK Online user Shinnokxz for forwarding this link.

Ed Boon Knocks Fake Leaks & Teases More Mortal Kombat 11
Who teases the teasers?

Who teases the teasers? Ed Boon has taken a shot at rampant false reporting of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath leaks, while also teasing the prospect of something legitimate coming soon from the developer. Read on for the full story:

The NetherRealm Studios Creative Director used Twitter to take aim at a YouTube video that claims to confirm a previously rumored guest character. The clip features an excerpt from a live chat with Raiden voice actor Richard Epcar, who casually acknowledges the inclusion of Ash Williams at the suggestion of a fan. In a follow-up tweet, Boon explicitly ruled this out as one of the wrong ones.

Rumors of an Evil Dead crossover first began with datamining of the game and were fuelled by a chainsaw buzz in teasers. Iconic actor Bruce Campbell denied his involvement with Mortal Kombat 11 way back in May of last year, but relevant copyright matter continued to appear in official material, suggesting the character was planned as downloadable content at some point. If this was the case, Richard Epcar may have even recorded an announcer voice for it.

It seems clear there's more to the Evil Dead story, but it'll be some time before we know it. When asked about the crossover in July, Boon evasively told Vic's Basement host Victor Lucas: "Ah! I wish... There's one I wish I could comment on. Uh, yeah. You know what? Perhaps in a future Vic's Basement we can have a conversation like that."

Although not much more informative, Boon did offer something more enticing earlier in the day, suggesting a teaser of some kind could be coming soon.

The studio recently teased upcoming All Hallow's Eve Skins, which have been brought forward for a late September release. This could mean the hotly speculated future for Mortal Kombat 11 downloadable content is back on track. Ed Boon also recently polled fans on their preferred finishers. It remains to be seen if anyting will come of it.

What do you think could be coming down the pipeline? Share your speculation and wishlists in the comments below and stay tuned to the Mortal Kombat 11 forum for reports on news as it develops.