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NetherRealm Studios hiring for next generation Mortal Kombat and Injustice games on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 18, 2020 at 8:29 a.m. PDT • Comments: 29

The next generation of console gaming is going to start within the next six months though there's yet to be any new fighting games announced to be coming to either system.

One major developer that seems to be gearing up for the move, however, is NetherRealm Studios, who recently posted a job listing looking for an engineer to help bring Mortal Kombat and Injustice to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The Principal Software Engineer job listing on the WB Games website says they're seeking someone "to drive the next generation console graphics vision for the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises."

They will help work to "develop state-of-the-art graphics technology for the PS5, and XBOX Series X" including an implementation of "pivotal new graphics technology."

Those particular highlighted lines appear to suggest that NRS is going to undertake new entries into the Mortal Kombat and Injustice properties exclusively for next gen with new tech, meaning it probably is not just ports of previous games.

"NetherRealm, a division of WB Games Inc., seeks a Principal Software Engineer – Graphics to drive the next generation console graphics vision for the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises"

It's also interesting to note the new graphics technology line considering NetherRealm have been building upon a customized version of Unreal Engine 3 for over a decade at this point. This also points to a move to a different engine, perhaps the recently revealed Unreal Engine 5.

This also partially what MK co-creator Ed Boon said recently that his team are working on something next that is apparently not Mortal Kombat or Injustice.

"Even though we've been able to scratch other itches, you know doing Injustice games and stuff, and we have other stuff in the oven, but it’s always nice to do the Mortal Kombat games," said Boon in an interview during Summer Game Fest.

If that is indeed the case, any new fighting game entry in their established franchises likely won't appear until years down the road unless the studio split into multiple teams — something they've given no indication of. Hiring now for next gen also suggests that any new project on those consoles is still in its infancy.

Less than a month ago, NRS and WB released Mortal Kombat 11's Aftermath expansion which added in an additional story mode and three new characters to the mix in Fujin, Sheeva and RoboCop.

The developers haven't stated what's coming next for MK11 content wise though it seems unlikely that WB would end support for such a popular title after a little over a year since its initial release.

"As a Principal Graphics Engineer you will work closely with the Lead Engineer and the rest of your peers to develop state-of-the-art graphics technology for the PS5, and XBOX Series X"

There's also been questions recently as to whether or not NRS would even get to continue working on Mortal Kombat and Injustice, as WB Games' entire division is reportedly up for sale by AT&T.

No deal has been put on the table yet according to that initial report though companies like Activision Blizzard, EA and Take Two are all apparently interested in a potential acquisition.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia where they just made the expansion characters available to purchase separately earlier this week.

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