In May, we saw NetherRealm drop its first ever story expansion for one of its games in the form of the Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath DLC.
As well as Sheeva, Fujin and Robocop, players also saw a decent chunk of new story revolving around the time-travelling shenanigans of everyone's favourite tricksy necromancer, Shang Tsung.
Now, all eyes are on the future. It seems Ash Williams from the Evil Dead – a character everyone thought would turn up in-game – has been axed from the game code altogether.
But that doesn't mean the developers behind the esteemed fighting game are going to pump the brakes on the fighter. In fact, it seems there may still be quite a lot of content yet to come in the title.
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The image above comes courtesy of Reddit user Sailance140218, a well-known user of the MK leaks subreddit and reliable dataminer for the game.
The image, basically, suggests that there are data strings in the game code that refer to not just the first Kombat Pack (the one that included Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Sindel, Joker, Terminator and Spawn) but also a further two Kombat Packs, too.
It seems each Pack may have space for four characters – meaning we get an extra eight new fighters overall.
We've heard quite a few references to Quan Chi, Havik and other legacy characters in the Aftermath story mode, and fans are being pretty vocal about wanting to see the latter, Chaosrealm inhabitant make his glorious return.
Rumours also persist about Mike Myers making his way into Mortal Kombat 11, but nothing has been confirmed.
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Ed Boon himself told Daily Star that there are a variety of elements that go into deciding what characters the developer chooses when considering who to add to the game in DLC packs.
"Mortal Kombat has about 80 characters in its roster now. So, we tend to look back and occasionally revive a character who hasn’t been seen in a long time, like we did with Fujin in Aftermath.
"We do take into account the story because some characters existed in different parts of the timeline so we need to stay somewhat consistent with the narrative that we are telling.
"But move sets and “cool factor” also play a big part in which character we decide to bring back."
But when are we going to hear more official plans about what comes next?
Don't expect it any time soon: back on May 27, the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account posted:
"While you enjoy Aftermath. We'll be taking a quick break."
We take this literally, and assume the team will be off communication channels for a little while – NetherRealm may come back with an announcement for its new characters later this Summer, once E3 (or what's left of the various shards of E3) is out of the way.
Of course, as soon as any official announcements happen, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.
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