First reported by Game Informer, Escudero says he had originally been tapped by localization company Pink Noise Studios to be the Spanish language voice of Mortal Kombat characters Kung Lao and Reptile in a new game. Pink Noise, however, ultimately removed Escudero from the roles, and the actor took to Twitter to talk about it.
“Well finally I confirm that the ‘professionals’ of Pink Noise decided to remove my characters from Mortal Kombat 11,” reads a Google translation of Escudero’s tweet. “How sad that a company that wanted a lot ends up making decisions that affect both you, the consumers. Goodbye Kung Lao and Reptile.”
Just a day later, however, Escudero was back on Twitter downplaying this seeming revelation of Mortal Kombat 11. Still, he reasserted that a new Mortal Kombat project is in the works; he just doesn’t know if it’s “MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ or whatever.”
Mortal Kombat 10, released in 2015, was the last game to be released in the 26-year-old fighting game franchise. It was repackaged with all its DLC in 2016 as Mortal Kombat XL, but NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have yet to announced or even tease a potential Mortal Kombat 11.
As noted by Game Informer, NetherRealm has seemingly fallen into a cycle of releasing new Mortal Kombat and Injustice games four years after each respective franchise’s previous entry. This cycle, however, has only applied to two games from each series, so it’s hardly a given that the next Mortal Kombat will follow suit and be released in April 2019.
In 2017, Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon said he’d “have to entertain” the idea of a Mortal Kombat-Street Fighter crossover. Although that hasn’t materialized, Boon also said at the time Mortal Kombat’s fatalities were inspired by Street Fighter.
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