After only two years, NetherRealm Studios has declared the end of all support for Mortal Kombat 11. Despite the developer promising to support the game for many years to come, there will no longer be any new characters, Kombat Packs, kostumes, expansions, or game modes. The company instead is pivoting all resources to its next, unannounced game.
The news was announced by the Mortal Kombat Twitter account. It came as expected from some in the community, but it also manages to feel a bit unexpected at the same time. Back in 2019, NetherRealm head boss man, Ed Boon, said “For Mortal Kombat 11, [NetherRealm is] going to support this game for the long, foreseeable future. There’s plenty of cool characters and new game modes coming.”
For some, it sounded as if support for Mortal Kombat 11 wouldn’t end until at least the reveal of the developer’s next game. Two years doesn’t seem that long, especially when compared to other fighting games like Street Fighter V — still getting DLC characters after five years. Regardless, Mortal Kombat 11 certainly saw a lot of love from the developer it put on the map. The game received 12 new characters, as well as an Aftermath expansion and Ultimate release.
NetherRealm is now focusing on its next project and after more than two years of supporting Mortal Kombat 11, DLC for the game, including characters, has come to an end.
— Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (@MortalKombat) July 2, 2021
Sorry, Evil Dead fans
The announcement should put an end to the hopes of some players who are still begging for their favorite character to get added to the roster. Hell, after following the game for two years, I know better. In the very announcement made on Twitter, there are still people asking about Ash Williams. Sorry to say, after all the tiring rumors I think it’s time to put this particular one to bed.
The announcement was met somewhat positively by some professionals in the fighting game sphere. Fighting game esports champ Tekken Master replied, “Thankyouu guys so much for communicating with us, and thankyou for this wonderful game MK11.” Professional commenter UltraDavid wrote, “Thanks for letting us know! It’s my favorite game from NRS so far, but I’m excited to see what comes next.” Another fighting game pro, Tweedy, had something different to say: “I like this news tbh. For me personally MK11 has been the least enjoyable NRS game since I’ve joined the scene. I don’t hate the game but a new game sounds so good right now.”
Despite the news, Mortal Kombat 11 will still see plenty of action. There are fighting game events coming up, and it will be featured in the next EVO along with Tekken 7, Street Fighter, and others.
NetherRealm’s next game is likely the rumored Injustice 3. It’s been roughly four years since the last one, so the time is ripe for a new installment.