For the past decade or so, NetherRealm Studios has developed two core franchises of fighting games: the Injustice titles, and Mortal Kombat. Following the release of a Mortal Kombat game would be an Injustice title and vice-versa, however it seems that despite their most recent title being Mortal Kombat 11, the next game from NetherRealm is reportedly going to be MK12.
As reported by industry insider Jeff Grubb, the next game by NetherRealm Studios will be another Mortal Kombat title. According to Grubb, the reason for this continued focus on the Mortal Kombat franchise is due to the fact that Warner Bros. – who owns NetherRealm Studios – doesn’t want the studio to work on licensed titles in case they get sold in the future.
This makes some degree of sense when considering the fact that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was put on the market previously, with owners AT&T later changing their minds. There were previous rumours that suggested that NetherRealm may have been working on a Marvel vs DC title, however this latest report by Grubb seems to have shut these down.
Since its founding in 2010, NetherRealm Studios’ main console releases have been: Mortal Kombat (2011); Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013); Mortal Kombat X (2015); Injustice 2 (2017); and Mortal Kombat 11 (2019). Using this release schedule a reference, it would make sense to see the studio’s next title soon. It will be interesting to see what NRS is indeed working on.
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