Ed Boon, one of the original masterminds behind the Mortal Kombat series, has been tantalising fans with the prospect of Mortal Kombat 1 for some time. His most recent hint suggests the game could see its official unveiling this week. Over recent years, Boon has established a reputation for his playful social media hints and teases.
It’s all but confirmed that Mortal Kombat 1 will make its debut this year. During a Warner Bros Discovery earnings call in February, the CEO and President, David Zaslav, offhandedly disclosed that the latest chapter in the legendary fighting game series is set to launch by the close of 2023. Ever the joker, Boon attempted to playfully deflect from this rather mundane reveal when the news broke.
The Teasers: Dripping Information Slowly
In the interim, Boon has continued to drop breadcrumbs on Twitter about Mortal Kombat 1’s anticipated reveal. His latest tweet promises, “THIS WEEK SHOULD BE FUN,” seemingly confirming an impending reveal for the game in the week ahead, possibly during a live streaming event.
Interestingly, the tweet was composed in a distinct style, looking somewhat like the letter L. Fans have been quick to speculate on the significance of this stylistic choice, with some suggesting it’s not an L at all, but a clock’s hands pointing to 3 o’clock. The theme of a clock face has already featured in Mortal Kombat 1’s promotion, seen in last week’s teaser showing a ticking clock.
The Reboot Theory: Leaks and Speculations
This clock face teaser also hinted at a potential reboot for the Mortal Kombat franchise. The hands of the clock skipped past 11, bypassed 12 altogether, and came to rest on the number 1. This theory of a franchise reboot has been further supported by recent leaks.
Hopefully, the official unveiling will occur this week, shedding light on the reboot theory. The reveal may include a CGI trailer during the live stream to confirm whether this new game is a sequel or a prequel, followed by a gameplay trailer potentially showcased during the rumoured Sony’s PlayStation Showcase stream, anticipated to happen before the month’s end.
Mortal Kombat 1 is currently under development.