NetherRealm Studios Looking to Expand in 2012

In an interview with Gamespot, Ed Boon (Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios, co-creator of Mortal Kombat) discussed the current and future state of NRS on the heels of the upcoming Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition as well as the recently released Arkham City Lockdown for iOS. While Boon implied that Mortal Kombat isn’t near retirement yet (nor does anyone really think it is), the company is excited to try some new things and venture into other genres. Below is a quote from the interview, in which Boon goes further into the direction of both Mortal Kombat as a series, and NetherRealm Studios as a whole for 2012 and beyond.

I would be surprised if Warner Bros. and us never released another Mortal Kombat game again. We don’t have a title to announce, but if this last one sold over 3 million and counting, there’s a certain amount of assumption that we’d consider doing another Mortal Kombat game. But at the same time, we want our studio to do more than just make Mortal Kombat games. We love making them but we also want to do different types of games. Different genres, different IPs. The Batman iOS game was kind of like us dipping our foot into that whole different types of games to do. We’re going to continue in that direction, but I would be surprised if we never did another Mortal Kombat game again.


I can’t fault the man for wanting to work on something different. After all, the series is rapidly approaching it’s 20th anniversary (August 8, 2012: set the date) which is pretty incredible by any standard. I’m definitely interested to see what “different IPs” ends up meaning in a more specific sense. Would a Mortal Kombat HD Kollection be considered different? Probably not, but I will continue to dream that one day I’ll see it.

What type of game would you like to see NetherRealm Studios take on? Leave a comment below or let us know in the StickSkills forums!

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