NetherRealm Studios confirms that developers are hard at work on a new game but is still refusing to reveal what the upcoming title is. Known as the studio that now runs the Mortal Kombat series and brought the two Injustice games to life, fans are undoubtedly questioning whether Mortal Kombat XI is on the cards.
Since Warner Bros. took over Midway Games and rebranded into NetherRealm, the past eight years of development has only given gamers two Mortal Kombat games. With 2011's rebooted Mortal Kombat garnering a slew of positive reviews, it's proof that NetherRealm at least knows how to handle the long-running franchise. That being said, in a world where the likes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate grabs headlines for killing Luigi and Tekken prepares to swing a wire-wrapped bat by introducing The Walking Dead's Negan, Mortal Kombat is in danger of being left behind.
As some look to find their fix of fighting games elsewhere, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon posted an update on Twitter to celebrate the 8-year anniversary of NetherRealm Studios:
More than just a trip down memory lane, Boon reassured gamers that his team is working tirelessly on NetherRealm's "best game yet." While there isn't much learn from the post, a photo shows two men in motion capture suits. Presumably working on another fighting game, NetherRealm could be edging close to a Mortal Kombat XI announcement.
Boon recently denied rumors that NetherRealm's next game will be the long-awaited Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe 2, and with Injustice 2 only hitting consoles in 2017, Mortal Kombat XI looks like a likely contender. Also, with news of a Mortal Kombat movie on the horizon, hype surrounding the fighting series is getting bigger by the day. That being said, with Boon already teasing a Mortal Kombat announcement back in May, players should take all of the above with a heavy pinch of salt.
NetherRealm has a strong track record with Mortal Kombat thanks to Mortal Kombat X striking further success in 2015. Celebrating 10 main games and 23 years of the Mortal Kombat name, the title cashed in on an ever-expanding series by adding fan-favorite horror characters like Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and the Alien Xenomorph. In the past, Mortal Kombat has even borrowed God of War's Kratos, meaning any number of new characters could face off against Raiden and Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat XI. Although it makes sense that Mortal Kombat XI is closer than first thought, everyone is once again at the mercy of Boon's cryptic comments.
Even with the likes of Comic-Con International and E3 seemed like prime places to announce what NetherRealm is up to next, the studio continues to hide in the shadows for now. Whether Boon was trolling fans about Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe 2, is working on Mortal Kombat XI, or has something completely new up his sleeve, NetherRealm Studios is hopefully working on something big.
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Source: Ed Boon