NetherRealm working on Mortal Kombat 12 over Injustice 3

by in Fighting Game News | Aug, 23rd 2021

With the series now being at the end of its 11th entry, many fans are wondering what’s going to be next for the fighting game studio NetherRealm. The company has made its claim in the fighting game genre by putting out not one fan-favorite series, but two. These titles being Mortal Kombat and Injustice, which puts players into the shoes of DC heroes in a world where Superman is the supreme ruler. However, while the games releases have alternated, with Injustice releasing after Mortal Kombat 9, and Injustice 2 releasing after Mortal Kombat X. Many fans are wondering if Injustice 3 is coming since Mortal Kombat 11 is no longer being supported as a title. However, it seems that this isn’t the case, and the reality of the situation is that Mortal Kombat 12 is coming.

NetherRealm’s Choice to Work on MK over Injustice

In a video published by Jeff Grub, a trusted insider for WB and NetherRealm, he discusses the rumor about NetherRealm working on a new Mortal Kombat title. He Mentions that the deal being struck with AT&T and Warner Bros. could spell the end of Warner Bros. Games. This means that companies like NetherRealm may be on the chopping block in a year, with this uncertainty, this could mean that the company isn’t going to make another Injustice title just yet. On top of this, there are already DC games in the making at both Warner Bros. Montreal and Rocksteady. With Gotham Knights, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League coming out something within the next few years, another Injustice game might be overshadowed by the other 2 DC-centric titles. Combining this with the uncertainty of the Warner Bros. Games publisher, NetherRealm’s most lucrative option would be to work on the title that’s going to make them the most money.

However, if another Mortal Kombat game were to come out, this would cause some rifts in the community from their treatment of the most recent Mortal Kombat title, Mortal Kombat 11. As Netherrealm stated that they’re not going to continue supporting the game in the future. While there are rumors that the company was considering a remake of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, the beat-em-up game featuring Liu Kang and Kung Lao, this seems unlikely given the situation the developer is currently in. 

However, making a hypothetical Mortal Kombat 12 would only anger the fans who were hoping for more support on Mortal Kombat 11. Games like Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Street Fighter V, have been continuously supported by their respective developers for years now, with some of these games now being 6 years old. The decision to quit supporting Mortal Kombat 11, and choosing to make another title isn’t the best option if NetherRealm is going to appease their fans, but with their company on the line, it does seem like this is going to be the only option if the company wants to stay afloat. While it does make a lot of sense that the company would work on another Injustice title, given their track record. The developers are in a tight spot, as it could be assumed that they weren’t planning on making Mortal Kombat 12 until a few years from now. Although, it seems that their hand has been forced, and whether the fans like it or not, there won’t be another game from the developers if their next game doesn’t sell well. It’s a classic catch-22, either make Mortal Kombat 12, and receive backlash from the fans for making a game that could be another expansion to Mortal Kombat 11, or make a game that doesn’t sell well, and risk losing the company due to the merger with AT&T. 

Regardless, it’s not confirmed whether or not Mortal Kombat 12 is actually being made, but if the company is in a dire situation and needs to make money, that’s the series that’s going to sell. So, for now, Mortal Kombat 12 is going to be the game that player’s are most likely going to see moving forward from the developer. However, there’s a small glimmer of hope that NetherRealm’s next superhero game could be a classic Marvel vs. DC fighting game. If rumors are to be believed, and with a game as impactful as that, it could stand out against the other DC titles coming to systems within the next few years. 


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