NetherRealm hints at what’s next with a grain of sand
A tiny grain of sand is used to make the most out of what appears to be the teaser of the next Mortal Kombat. Tucked at the end of a 30th anniversary “thank you” video message from NetherRealm Studios, developers is a hint of what’s coming in Mortal Kombat 12, a game that’s been announced but not officially revealed in a substantive way. It’s short, but hints at what NetherRealm plans to do with MK’s decades-old lore and complicated history.
At the end of the video released on Monday, Mortal Kombat series co-creator Ed Boon says, “Thank you Mortal Kombat fans for 30 years of amazing support. […] We’re not quite done yet.” The video then cuts to the inside of an hourglass, zooming in on a single grain of sand, which dramatically explodes.
Mortal Kombat 11, fans will recognize that hourglass as the powerful device controlled by Kronika, the Titan known as the Keeper of Time who is at the heart of that game’s time-bending tale. Kronika has the power to alter time, change the course of history, and bring people from the past into Mortal Kombat lore’s current era — that’s how young Johnny Cage and older Johnny Cage meet in MK11.
Kronika’s hourglass represents the countless timelines she has crafted and altered in her pursuit to balance Mortal Kombat’s various realms. After the final battle, Mortal Kombat 11,’s story expansion Aftermath, after Kronika is defeated by Shang Tsung, Kronika’s abilities — powered by her hourglass and crown — are stolen by MK’s evil, shapeshifting wizard. But Liu Kang pulls a time-travelling trick on Tsung, defeating him, taking Kronika’s abilities for himself, with plans to create a New Era of the Mortal Kombat timeline (and bring back his dead friends). Liu Kang returns to the past to train Kung Lao for upcoming Mortal Kombat battles.
At least, that’s what happens in one of the endings to Aftermath. In the other, Shang tsung wins, defeating Liu Kang. He steals his fire and thunder powers and defeats Earthrealm. Shang Tsung’s plan — he’s a giant at this point, by the way — is total realm destruction and domination.
Liu Kang’s ending in Aftermath NetherRealm’s choice seems more canonical. If the developer plans on establishing a new trilogy and resetting the MK timeline, one of Kronika’s existing timelines forever being destroyed seems like a good start for another trilogy of games.
NetherRealm offers a lot of space, and it has a number of familiar characters to bring to the setting of Mortal Kombat that many players know. If Liu Kang and (The Great) Kung Lao You can find out more about this by clicking here. living 500 years in the past, there’s no reason Elder Gods like Raiden and Fujin can’t be there, or the ancestors of Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Reptile, for that matter. Kitana and Goro, characters that date back millennia, would be present in this time period. With a magical time-glass, you can do anything.
Mortal Kombat 12 It is expected to be released this year. NetherRealm must have plans to show off the game soon.
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