Hell hath no fury like a…voiceover actor scorned? This may possibly be the case for the world of Mortal Kombat.
Last week, Latin America voiceover actor Eduardo Garza – who voiced the characters of Reptile and Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat X – posted a tweet that Pink Noise Studio, a company that specializes in game localization, had removed his characters from the yet-to-be-announced Mortal Kombat XI.
Pues finalmente confirmo que los “profesionales” de @PINKNOISEloc decidieron quitarme mis personajes de #MortalKombatXI. Que triste que una empresa que quise mucho termine tomando decisiones que los afectan tanto a ustedes, los consumidores. Adiós Kung Lao y Reptile.— Lalo Garza (@LaloGarx) November 15, 2018
Loosely translated, Garza’s tweet states:
“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.”
After the Twitterverse caught wind of his tweet, Garza followed up with a second tweet the following day:
Amigos, desconozco si es MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ o qué sea; el punto es que para el material nuevo ya no fui convocado, pero no pasa nada, en esta carrera he aprendido que los personajes llegan y se van así. Gracias por sus mensajes, yo sigo trabajando en lo que amo. El doblaje.— Lalo Garza (@LaloGarx) November 15, 2018
Again, roughly translated:
“Friends, I do not know if it's MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ or whatever; the point is that for the new material I was not summoned, but nothing happens, in this race I learned that the characters arrive and leave like this. Thanks for your messages, I keep working on what I love. The dubbing.”
Pink Noise Studios and NetherRealm Studios have yet to respond to Garza’s tweet, but speculation has already developed since this year’s E3, when fans expected an announcement for a new Mortal Kombat game. E3 came and went with no such announcement, leading to the theory that the next installment in the long-running series would come with next generation of consoles.
Garza’s attempt of indicating his knowledge of the game is a bit wishy-washy considering his usage of the hashtag “#MortalKombatXI.” It is a bit hard to believe that he had no knowledge of what exactly he was working on.
The positive takeaway from all of this is that if Mortal Kombat XI is actually a thing, the game would presumably be close to being completed, considering localization – a method for preparing video games to be sold in other countries – takes place towards the end of the developmental process. Until we hear an official announcement, we can at least hope with a little more confidence that the next Mortal Kombat game will be released before the next console cycle.