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NetherRealm Studios has something else in the works that isn't Mortal Kombat or Injustice

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • May 25, 2020 at 10:44 a.m. PDT • Comments: 70

During one of the recent Summer Game Fest broadcasts, Geoff Keighley was able to sit down and speak to Mortal Kombat co-creator, Ed Boon, about the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath release.

Among the talk about new characters and content for the early 2019 fighting game, Boon noted that NetherRealm Studios (NRS) has something else in the works right now that isn't Mortal Kombat or Injustice.

"Mortal Kombat has become like this staple thing almost like Marvel," Boon started. "You don't expect the last Marvel movie to ever come out, they're just gonna keep coming.

"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.”

Unfortunately, Boon did not share any other information about what this project or projects might be.

Since their start-up in May 2010 after Midway shut its doors, NetherRealm has only released games from two franchises: Mortal Kombat and Injustice.

Their first big release was Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011, followed by the first Injustice game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, in 2013. Mortal Kombat X would be next in line in 2015, with Mortal Kombat XL launching in 2016, Injustice 2 in 2017, and finally Mortal Kombat 11 in 2019.

Throughout their 10-year run, NetherRealm also developed the mobile versions of some titles, including Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, Batman: Arkham Origins, and WWE Immortals. They also released a Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection back in 2011 that included the original Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

As far as what NRS could have in the oven right now, it's anybody's guess. One of the requests that is consistently lobbed at the studio is a sequel to 2005's Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Though this action-adventure game is still tied to the Mortal Kombat universe, it certainly veers away from what a traditional game in the series does.

It is also possible that with the way the company has handled guest characters in their games over the years, that they could be venturing into an all-new fighting game series featuring a different major genre or IP.

In March 2019, Boon put out a Twitter poll asking fans, "JUST FOR FUN," what fighting game they would most want to see next from NRS. The choices included a Horror movie icons fighting game, Marvel vs. DC, or Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter, with Marvel vs. DC netting the most votes.

While the majority of these choices are pretty unlikely to ever happen, a Horror movie fighter might not be so farfetched. Considering that the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Alien, and Predator have already made appearances in Mortal Kombat, it's clear that the studio not only has an affinity for properly translating these characters into fighting games, but they're also capable of making things work out on the rights end of things.

What do you think NetherRealm Studios might be working on? Let us know in the comments below.

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