Non-reveal, de-confirmation, disavowal, call it what you will, the brute fact of the matter is that the NRS community, to a man, expected SOMETHING NRS related at E3. A reveal of MK11 had been rumoured for Combo Breaker, the week before E3 and E3 itself, with the hypothetical game the subject of huge amounts of speculation, ‘leaks’ and discussion, to the point where the community, myself included, essentially took it for granted.
I did Cap, I did. Just like you assumed that not just killing Vision was in any way a responsible decision.
It was assumed that NRS wouldn’t break their traditional two year cycle, particularly not for their flagship franchise, the latest iteration of which was the best selling game of 2015, the highest selling console fighting game in the history of the series and one of the best fighting games of all time, almost certainly top 3. But they did. With no reveal and an explicit admission from Ed Boon himself that the cycle was being broken, all the self-created hype exited the community almost instantaneously.
Pictured: the hype.
But like Radiohead once said, “you do it to yourself, ba-dow-dow, and that’s why it really hurts”
So what now? How do we analyse this, process this? In short, what now?
Well, the boys from the Netherkast were as eagerly anticipating MK11 as any of us, having done several videos on the topic, and like the rest of us got that sinking feeling when it became all too apparent that we were pinning our hopes on a horse that wasn’t even running. Luckily for us, they’ve gotten together to eat some crow and assess the non-reveal and what it means and maybe how we should feel about it.
It's a great episode and, if nothing else, there's no better way to end a Sunday or start a Monday than with some fresh podcast content! So join our boys @Shad, @Temp @JangoGMs and the rest for some quality NK goodness!
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How should the NRS community feel about the MK11 non-reveal? The Netherkast speaks!