E3 2018: Will Microsoft show Mortal Kombat 11?

Microsoft has big plans for this year’s E3. No one’s doubting that, and in all honesty they need something big. Excluding Japan’s sales figures, Microsoft isn’t too far behind Sony, but globally they are failing to compete. I firmly believe Microsoft will be games, games, games for a second year running. This will include, in my humble and baseless opinion, several showings of first party titles such as Forza (duh), Gears (makes sense) and Halo (you can do it 343!). But of all the storied franchises and already-rumoured titles, there is one glaring omission: Where is Mortal Kombat 11?

Mortal Kombat X released in April 2015, continuing and tweaking the formula of the 2011 reboot Mortal Kombat. The development team at NetherRealm Studios have also been busy with the Injustice franchise, leading to a finished title every two years. Starting to see where I’m going with this?

2011: Mortal Kombat
2013: Injustice: Gods Among Us
2015: Mortal Kombat X
2017: Injustice 2
2019: ???

It makes too much sense for Mortal Kombat 11 (XI?) not to be coming next year. Also, fighting games published by Warner Bros. Interactive have a history of avoiding the Fall release window like the plague. All four of the previous titles were released no later than May of their respective years. So if the next Mortal Kombat game is to arrive in 2019, it’s most likely happening in Spring, meaning this is their last chance to have a showing at E3.

Now I’m not saying that E3 is the only time you can announce a game (especially if it’s already been leaked by ResetEra, 4chan, or Ubisoft’s marketing team), but it’s a pretty good time to come and claim the fighting genre spotlight.

So if NetherRealm is going to show off Mortal Kombat 11, wouldn’t they want to do it on the beefiest console ever? No doubt Mr. Phil Spencer will be desperate to show any games he can on his stage to grab the attention of the gaming world, so why not grab probably the biggest fighting game to release in the next 12 months? Nothing like seeing bones crack in 4K. Also, giving Mortal Kombat X an Xbox One X enhancement makes for a nice headline in the meantime.

With Microsoft looking to bolster their gaming library, and NetherRealm probably releasing the next Mortal Kombat in the next twelve months, this seems like the perfect marriage.

So why is no one talking about it?

Do you agree that this makes too much sense not to happen? Would you be interested in another Mortal Kombat? Let us know in the comments below!

Daf Gape is an actor who also enjoys a video game or two. Occasionally he thinks his opinion is worth sharing. Occasionally.