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Warner Bros. says NetherRealm Studios is not for sale following appearance of rumors to the contrary

Well, that seems fairly conclusive for now

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 11, 2021 at 2:07 p.m. PDT • Comments: 17

Rumors have swirled on and off for the past year that AT&T and Warner Bros. were looking to sell off some of their video games division, but now there's some official wording on that matter.

Following reports that a document alleged NetherRealm Studios and Lego game developer TT Games were planned to be spun out from their Discovery merger, Warner Bros. issued a statement that there will be no such sale happening currently.

In a written statement to The Gamer, WB Games representative Remi Sklar revealed the makers of Mortal Kombat and Injustice will remain under their umbrella for the foreseeable future.

"I can confirm NetherRealm Studios and TT Games will continue to remain a part of Warner Bros. Games, and all are included in the Warner Media Discovery merger," said Sklar via The Gamer.

They did not comment on the legitimacy of the supposed document, however, so there still may have been a point when the media giant was interested in shopping around two of their biggest studios before changing their minds.

Credible rumors began to circulate last summer alleging AT&T was looking to offset some of its debt by selling / splitting apart Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a price tag of around $4 billion before pulling them off the table โ€” perhaps because the Discovery merger was on the horizon.

While AT&T certainly could have made a quick buck by shipping off NRS to the highest bidder, they likely stand to gain more from keeping them considering the studio is arguably the most successful fighting game developer around.

Each of NetherRealm's releases in the past decade have been multi-million copy sellers with Mortal Kombat X reaching a staggering 11 million sold while Mortal Kombat 11 quickly hit 8 million units โ€” and is likely much higher now.

Another recent event that appeared to work in the rumors favor was NetherRealm themselves announcing that MK11's development was complete and the title would be seeing no more new content after the studio had been silent on the matter for more than seven months.

NetherRealm's new production is still unknown, but rumors say they're working on a fighting game based on Marvel Comics now โ€” though we just saw how this rumor played out.

Warner Bros. Discovery's $43 billion merger is scheduled to be finalized in 2022 where NRS will still have easy access to WB's various properties including DC Comics.

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