It’s set to be a brilliant year for fans of fighting games.

Not only are Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6 just around the corner, Mortal Kombat 12 was accidentally confirmed last night during a Warner Bros. Discovery call.

With a fan sharing a clip of the quarterly earnings call on Twitter, a WB executive signs off by saying that “there’s lots more to come” before referencing the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League release and mentioning Mortal Kombat 12.

Found via @GuiLeena_ on Twitter

The executive then goes on to say that both of these titles are coming out with “ambitious launch projections” this year.

This is massive news for Mortal Kombat fans, as it was believed by many that the next MK game wasn’t even on the cards for 2023.

There was very little news about the Mortal Kombat franchise up until now, with most fans assuming that any announcements in 2023 from the team would be for INJUSTICE 3 and not for Mortal Kombat.

Ed Boon, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat and chief of NetherRealm Studios, made a joke in response to this news being announced by tweeting about INJUSTICE 3.

Mortal Kombat 12 is looking like it’s going to be one of the best Mortal Kombat games to date, so let’s take a look at everything we know about it so far.

First, it’s likely that the story will follow on nicely from Mortal Kombat 11, with many of the same characters appearing as well.

At the end of Mortal Kombat 11, Lord Liu Kang says that “his friends are not dead” and that they “will live again” which hints heavily at a returning cast of characters. In my opinion, it would be great to see a mix of fan favorites and new characters.

It’s likely we’ll still see Lord Liu Kang and other memorable characters like Raiden.

The Aftermath DLC for Mortal Kombat 11 also features Lord Liu Kang heavily, with two possible endings that could provide a glimpse of what to expect from Mortal Kombat 12.

It’s quite likely that Mortal Kombat 12 could follow on from the ‘good’ ending, where Shang Tsung has been defeated and the Crown of Souls has been recovered. This means MK12 could follow the story of the Great Kung Lao in the Shaolin Temple, taking place in Lord Liu Kang’s so-called New Era.

The introduction of this New Era means that we could see a brand-new roster of characters, new lore and mechanics, or even a completely new style of Mortal Kombat tournament.

I personally think we’ll see the standard fighting mechanics in Mortal Kombat 12, but a new kind of finisher or fatality mechanic to add extra interest to this game. We could even see new formats for multiplayer matches, too.

The details are scarce for now, with no official release date or even official promotion of Mortal Kombat 12, aside from Ed Boon’s Twitter. I’ll continue to update this post as more information gets released.