We currently don’t have any official word on what NetherRealm Studios’ next project is, but all rumors seem to be pointing towards it being Mortal Kombat 12 rather than Injustice 3, breaking the pattern set by NetherRealm Studios. Post-launch development for Mortal Kombat 11 was wrapped up last year for the purpose of beginning work on whatever this next project is.
Before Mortal Kombat 11 was officially released, a self-proclaimed leaker known as “r00000r” was able to correctly call unrevealed details about Mortal Kombat 11. It seems that r00000r has returned once more to name a character from Mortal Kombat lore that we haven’t heard in a good while. Based on r00000r’s wording, it’s heavily implied that this fighter will be playable in Mortal Kombat 12. Keep in mind that we’ll revealing a potential leak beyond this point.
“Ah, Reiko’s back,” suddenly said r00000r in a random GameFAQS thread. “See you next year.”
Notably, Reiko hasn’t been playable or even at all relevant since Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Reiko’s only other playable appearance was in Mortal Kombat 4 (and Gold), the game he debuted in.
As such, Reiko isn’t exactly the most popular fighter in Mortal Kombat history. Stating that Reiko is “back” would certainly be an interesting choice if all of this was just made up.
Due to Reiko’s ending in Mortal Kombat Gold, there was a fan theory that suggested that Reiko was actually Shao Kahn. However, this theory was eventually proven false when both Shao Kahn and Reiko appeared as playable characters in Mortal Kombat Armageddon.
It seems that Reiko has developed into something of a fan of Shao Kahn’s since then. There’s a heavy implication that Reiko desires to become a successor to Shao Kahn.
Reiko has served as a general in Shao Kahn’s army and has also been part of Shinnok’s Brotherhood of Shadow. His moveset has consisted of using throwing stars as projectiles, teleports, flip kicks, shoulder charges and he even uses a mockup of Shao Kahn’s hammer.
Going back to r00000r’s track record with Mortal Kombat 11 leaks, he was previously able to correctly reveal details about Cetrion (newcomer), Kollector (newcomer), Noob Saibot and Shang Tsung.
With regards to Cetrion, it was apparently stated by r00000r that she was a “new female monster character” whose name started with “Cet” and ended with “n.” Of course, we already knew about the “Cet” part due to the beta data mine leak.
As of right now, it’s currently unknown what r00000r means when they say “see you next year.” Are the developers not going to reveal Mortal Kombat 12 until 2023 or is the game simply releasing in 2023?
Ultimately though, we have to take every leak with a grain of salt. It’s important to remember that although there are plenty of signs that indicate that NetherRealm Studios is working on Mortal Kombat 12, we don’t know for sure what their next project even is.
We’ll just have to see how things play out. Until then, we’re playing the waiting game with official information about NetherRealm Studios’ next project.