Mortal Kombat 11 started the month by observing seasonal pranking with a wild and wacky April Fools Tower, but that wasn't the only fun emanating from NetherRealm Studios. Creative Director and notorious jokester Ed Boon made his own mischief on Twitter, poking fun at one of the game's much discussed absentees.

Mileena has been a mainstay of the series since debuting as Kitana's dark twin in Mortal Kombat II, but after ascending to a short-lived reign as Outworld Empress in Mortal Kombat X, she was sidelined in the latest game. Boon poked fun at the highly requested klassic, facetiously declaring she will never return!

As if the calendar wasn't tip-off enough, Boon himself tweeted earlier in the day: "believe nothing...".

Mileena has emerged as a cult favourite, leading legions of fans to regularly tweet the series overseer with requests for her downloadable inclusion. She was devoured by insects in MKX, but is one of only three MKII characters not represented by their past or present incarnations in Mortal Kombat 11. She will appear in the upcoming live-action feature film.

Hoaxes and April Fools jokes have been part of Mortal Kombat history since the beginning, giving birth to memorable creations like EGM's Nimbus Terrafaux and even Ermac! The spread of misinformation has cooled enthusiasm for more elaborate deceptions, but as recently as 2017, Boon shared an amusing Injustice 2 Wonder Twins teaser.

MK Online has played the fool over the years as well, announcing MK's first guest characters in 2003, and the controversially convincing Special Forces HD. This year Aquilluxborg Hydroxybot became our default site theme, having appeared as concept art and a stage fatality.

With Army of Darkness DLC seemingly spoiled, and "years of content" still on the way, do you think Mileena should make a comeback? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the Mortal Kombat 11 forum!