NetherRealm allegedly prioritizes Mortal Kombat 12 over Injustice 3 due to World Bank uncertainty
NetherRealm Studios may prioritize the new Mortal Kombat game over its DC Injustice superhero series due to uncertainty about its future with parent company WB Games.
That’s according to journalist Jeff Grubb, who cites sources in the new Giant Bomb video, who suggested that the developer is currently working on Mortal Kombat 12.
“It fits with reality and it fits with what I’ve heard where Mortal Kombat 12 will make the most sense, because they know this game will make money, it will sell well … Mortal Kombat 11 was great. it does well, but if you release Mortal Kombat 12 it will sell well as well, Grubb said.
“At the same time, you don’t need to use any of those Batman or Superman characters that might be licensing-related if you try to get rid of NetherRealm or sell it to anyone.”
As of last year, WB Games’ NetherRealm Studios was hiring staff for the next generation of its fighting game franchises.
NetherRealm released its latest game, Mortal Kombat 11 in March 2019, followed by a $ 40 story expansion last year.
Meanwhile, Injustice – his action series based on DC superheroes – hasn’t been released since the 2017 sequel. NetherRealm usually alternated between Injustice and Mortal Kombat.
NetherRealm’s future with parent company WB Games looked uncertain last year, with the common owner of AT&T reportedly considering selling part of its gaming business.
AT&T reportedly put its gaming division up for sale in 2020, sparking interest from companies such as Electronic Arts, Take-Two, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.
Ultimately, no deal was struck with its game studios, which also include companies like Rocksteady (Batman Arkham, Suicide Squad), Monolith (Middle-earth games, Shadow of Mordor / War) and TT Games (Lego games).
The new development took place earlier this year when AT&T announced a deal to unload WarnerMedia, WB Games’ parent company, which will merge with Discovery to form a new separate company billed as “one of the world’s largest streaming players.”
The deal, which is expected to close in mid-2022, will bring AT&T $ 43 billion and its shareholders will receive shares representing 71% of the new company.
The WB Games spokesperson did not mention in the May announcement that Axios the deal will lead to its rupture in one form or another. “Some of the gaming division will remain at AT&T, and some will move to the new company,” they said.