We are just one step away from the Stellar Fighting Game Era’s new Mortal Kombat.
It feels like fighting games are in a very bright future with the reveals of Street Fighter6 and Tekken8. Both IPs needed a new entry in their respective franchises and are looking to address any issues, or feedback players may have with previous games. Although we have only seen 90 seconds, what has been shown is excellent.
There’s more to fight game fans to look forward to. SNK is currently updating The King Of Fighters XV. More DLC is planned for 2023. It’s also in the process of creating a Garou/Fatal Fury title. This is amazing to see. Riot Games is also looking to expand its reach into fighting games through the League of Legends spinoff Project L. This could prove to be a surprise winner.
There are plenty of fighting games, even if they’re smaller. Skullgirls continues to thrive, and the never-ending launch party is still raging over a decade since launching, thanks to new characters. Dimps and 3goo will bring the arcade exclusive The Rumble Fish 2 on PC and consoles, while Mane6’s Them’s Fighting Herds is now available for all platforms.
There are fighting games on every side. But NetherRealm Studios seems to be sitting on the sidelines. Many people were anticipating Injustice 3 to be released in 2021, following the 2019 launch of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate.
2021 arrived, and NetherRealm Studios did not announce 2021. While that could be attributed to COVID and other factors, it seems like NetherRealm have broken with tradition and are focusing on Mortal Kombat 12. NetherRealm reportedly chose to make MK 12 rather than Injustice 3 due to uncertainty over Warner Bros.’s performance in the last year. A new Mortal Kombat title would guarantee unit shifters.