Warner Bros. let slip in February that Mortal Kombat 12 is “set for launch this yr,” and whereas that sudden assertion has but to be formally confirmed, we could have simply been given our first (unofficial) Mortal Kombat 12 teaser.

The massive second comes on the tail finish of a “Thank You From NetherRealm” video posted right this moment on YouTube, marking 30 years of Mortal Kombat. Because the title implies, it is principally a cavalcade of builders saying “thanks” in varied methods. Naturally, the gratitude-a-thon concludes with sequence co-creator and inventive director Ed Boon, who says, “Thanks, Mortal Kombat followers, for 30 years of fantastic assist. And we’re not fairly performed but.”

After which issues get fascinating. The video rapidly transitions to what seems to be some type of mineral, perhaps salt, or maybe sand? Sand! And the sand seems to be falling slowly down some type of cylinder of some type, a tube, like perhaps a straw, or probably… an hourglass! 

That is it! Sand by an hourglass! A timer! A countdown! However to what, I’m wondering?

However then it will get actually bizarre, as a result of then the video strikes to concentrate on one particular person grain of sand, zooming in super-close:

(Picture credit score: NetherRealm Studios)

“That is not even what sand appears to be like like up shut!” options producer Chris Livingston complained within the PC Gamer Slack channel, snapping me out of a snoozy reverie. “Sand is all fairly.”

I hadn’t really considered this earlier than, so I did a fast Google search. Chris is appropriate in that sand could be very fairly up shut, however there are all types of various varieties, and a minimum of a few of them do bear a powerful resemblance to the picture within the NetherRealm video. This, for example, is sand from the Western Desert of Egypt:

(Picture credit score: Wikimedia Commons)

That is sand from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah:

(Picture credit score: Wikimedia Commons) has an entire article on several types of sands from around the globe—this, for example, is a closeup of “ooid sand” from the Joulter Cays of the Bahamas:

(Picture credit score: Mark A. Wilson (Wikimedia Commons))

With all due respect to Chris (who, to be honest, could know much more about this type of factor than I do), it really does look fairly sand-like to me. I can not swear it isn’t another mineral, however given the obvious hourglass context, sand is a reasonably good wager. It does not matter a lot, although, as a result of the presumed-sand does not final lengthy—after a split-second at most zoom, it explodes, Demise Star-style, into mud. 

I don’t know what any of it means, however GamesRadar identified that an hourglass (particularly, Kronika’s hourglass) options prominently in most of Mortal Kombat 11’s varied endings, which contain messing with the timeline in varied methods and open the door to (one other) MK reboot. I will not lie, it makes me nostalgic for the times once I may simply rip a man’s backbone out and say “cool” after which get on with my day with out having to place any extra thought into it, however I suppose we’re well beyond that time now.

Anyway, it isn’t actually a teaser, however yeah, it is a teaser. I think about we’ll be listening to extra in regards to the subsequent Mortal Kombat game fairly quickly.