Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon would love to see NetherRealm Studios 'expand into other genres' and take on new IPs

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • April 16, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. PDT

Mortal Kombat is one of the most legendary fighting game franchises in existence and a staple in video games in general. After nearly 30 years of bloody battles, the series is seeing its 11th main entry launch next week when Mortal Kombat 11 comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Despite the studio behind Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios, being mainly devoted to the franchise — though we've seen them bring DC Comics' heroes and villains to life with Injustice — it looks as though they'd like to expand into new territories. That's according to Mortal Kombat series co-creator and Creative Director at NetherRealm, Ed Boon, anyhow.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Boon spoke to the publication about Mortal Kombat of the past and the future of NetherRealm Studios.

When asked if there was ever a defining moment over the years that Boon stopped and realized that Mortal Kombat might become a major part of his career, Boon said there was none. He recalls a time where he realized it already had been a major part of his career, though, and then he followed up with this:

"I think our studio has a number of good games in it that are completely unrelated to Mortal Kombat," Boon said to Game Informer. "While we love making Mortal Kombat games, we would love to expand into other genres, other IP, other things like that, for sure."

One of the things that is stalling a potential temporary break from Mortal Kombat is the fact that the last installment in the series, Mortal Kombat X, was the highest selling game the studio has ever created. If you're wondering how much MKX sold, it was close to 11 million units.

It seems as though Boon isn't opposed to taking a break from Mortal Kombat at some point in pursuit of new territories, however, as he said that a break could build anticipation for a future title. Still, deviating away from Mortal Kombat after it just hit the milestone of being the studio's highest-selling game? That definitely would have been hard to do.

As far as what other IPs Boon and the crew might want to go after, he didn't say. We did see him gauge interest on Twitter not long ago with a poll asking fans which game they'd like to see next from NRS: a horror movie fighting game, Marvel vs. DC, or Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter. Though, Boon did point out the poll was just for fun and that there are no current plans for any of those titles.

If you could see NetherRealm Studios take on a new genre or IP, what would you want to see them do? Let us know in the comments below.

Via GameSpot. Photo source: Game Informer.

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