The industry’s biggest celebration of fighting games, Evo 2022, begins in days, and its approach has been littered with speculation about the genre’s future. While many franchises will see big updates this weekend, one series will receive no news: Mortal Kombat.
NetherRealm Studios chief and MK co-creator Ed Boon confirmed on Twitter that the studio won’t be making any announcements regarding the series, responding to rumors fueled by mention of Warner Bros. as one of the editors making announcements at Evo. His response was simple: a quoted retweet of a tweet mentioning games that might announce Evo with “…except Mortal Kombat. Sorry.”
It’s time for Street Fighter and other great fighting games to be in the sun! Let’s take advantage! ❤️🙏
—Ed Boon (@noobde) August 2, 2022
Boon continued in the tweet thread referencing the rest of the weekend’s fight lineup, saying “It’s [sic] it’s time for Street Fighter and other great fighting games to be in the sun! Let’s enjoy!” He also focused on another Warner Bros. fighting game that’s confirmed for Evo, saying he’s excited for “what MultiVersus has in store.”
NetherRealm’s next game is currently unknown, although it has been confirmed that the studio has completed development of MK11’s DLC as announced in July 2021. The MK franchise, meanwhile, has been heavily rumored for a form of inclusion in MultiVersus, with several references found in platform fighter dialogue.
Evo 2022 takes place August 5-7 from the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, with Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Strive and seven other fighting games featured. PlayStation also announced the Evo Lounge, a specially curated livestream for announcements, developer interviews, and more, during the first two days of the event.
GameSpot may earn a commission on retail offers.
The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you purchase something featured on our site.