A few days ago, Spanish-language voice actor José Eduardo Garza Escudero, usually known as Lalo Garza, went to Twitter to express his frustrations. As a common voice actor for bringing English-language properties to Mexico and dubbing them over in Spanish, Garza is often used for video games, as well. Last week, he had apparently lost out on a role and, in the process of venting about it, may have said more than he should have.
In a heavily translated tweet, Garza said “Well finally I confirm that the ‘professionals’ of @ PINKNOISEloc decided to remove my characters from #MortalKombatXI. How sad that a company that wanted a lot ends up making decisions that affect both you, the consumers. Goodbye Kung Lao and Reptile.”
Garza later cleared up the fact that he did not necessarily know if this project was actually Mortal Kombat XI, as it could be “MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ or whatever.” He simply knew that these characters would not be dubbed by him in whatever new Mortal Kombat project this appears to be, if it even really exists.
Mortal Kombat 11 has never been really rumoured as much as it has always been assumed at some point. Netherrealm Studios has been on a fairly consistent cycle of fighting games, alternating between Injustice and Mortal Kombat for four games now.
WB and Netherrealm might be wanting to avoid the marketing slump that Injustice 2 suffered from, where the game was announced but not publicly discussed or marketed for six months after the reveal. By shortening the window, they can better pace the marketing of character reveals and trailers to the game’s release.
Still, Mortal Kombat XI seems like a fairly likely bet eventually, so, it could be more of a question of when rather than if.