A couple of week after the mysterious exploding grain of sand in a latest Mortal Kombat anniversary video, NetherRealm Studios has launched a extra concrete teaser. This new video exhibits a clock ticking down, previous 9, 10, 11… after which skipping over 12 straight to 1. 

The message appears fairly clear—following 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11, the brand new entry will not be MK12, however relatively some sort of reboot or reset. That additionally traces up a datamined leak that means the brand new game known as Mortal Kombat 1. 

In fact, if you happen to performed Mortal Kombat 11’s story via to the tip, a timeline reboot will make excellent sense to you. Spoilers: that game ended with all of historical past being erased again to its very beginnings, because of the efforts of time-manipulating villain Kronika, and finally a deified Liu Kang and a newly mortal Raiden set to work overseeing a brand new timeline. The clock and sand imagery right here harks again to that second, so I would guess they’re persevering with from that premise—which means it will be a reset, however one which does keep on from the occasions of the earlier game.

The top of the Aftermath DLC additionally confirmed Liu Kang assembly and getting ready to coach the unique Kung Lao—the ancestor of the one normally current within the video games, who initially gained the Mortal Kombat match and saved Earth 500 years prior to now. That would recommend a game set within the 1500s with a extra basic martial arts really feel. However in all probability extra possible is a brand new current day altered by such tamperings with historical past.

This type of timeline tomfoolery is nothing new for the sequence—2011’s Mortal Kombat was itself a reboot primarily based on the concept of time journey reshuffling the occasions of the unique game, and the trendy sequence has been following on from that ever since. I do not know if Ed Boon simply actually likes Physician Who, however it has proved a intelligent means of drawing on the sequence’ lengthy historical past with out being sure to its canon. 

We should not have too lengthy to attend to search out out precisely what shapes Mortal Kombat 1—if that does turn into its title—might be twisting the timeline on this time. Based on a Warner Bros investor’s name in February, the game is hoped to launch earlier than the tip of this 12 months. 

Sorry, Injustice followers—perhaps subsequent time.