MORTAL KOMBAT MONTH

Possible Next Games from The Mortal Kombat Studio, NetherRealm Studios

Conjuring the elder gods to discover the next game

Alexander Razin
5 min readOct 4, 2022

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Twice NetherRealm Studios broke tradition. The first time was before they announced Mortal Kombat 11. Journalists and fanboys alike wondered why hasn’t NetherRealm unveiled their next game. Generally, there is a two-year gap between Mortal Kombat and Injustice with an E3 announcement.

Co-creator Ed Boon said NetherRealm doesn’t have a tradition. So why do they think they will announce another game this year?

MK fans lost all hope until NetherRealm announced Mortal Kombat 11 at the Video Game Awards in 2018. 2019 was MK 11’s release, and the cycle continued. We can expect another Mortal Kombat or Injustice title in two years.

After Mortal Kombat 11, we Mortal Kombat enthusiasts speculated NetherRealm’s upcoming title as they broke the two-year cycle. Whatever it is, it’ll be ambitions; the game under wraps must be expansive.

As NetherRealm prepares an announcement, Let’s break down the titles NetherRealm is working on from Impossible to very likely.

Impossible: Horror fighting game

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Introducing Freddy Krueger to Mortal Kombat 9, every Mortal Kombat had horror characters. Mortal Kombat X had Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Alien, and Predator. Mortal Kombat 11 limited the horror characters, but Spawn fit the bill.

Most of the characters NetherRealm included are part of Warner Bros. (the company Netherrealm publishes for.) For that reason, they can have horror icons like Chucky or Michael Myers. And, of course, the horror heroes will find inclusion. For example, Ellen Ripley will battle alongside Ash Williams.

I doubt if NetherRealm will head in this direction. Mortal Kombat and Injustice gain massive profits. Releasing a new IP will tank those profits. Regardless, given it’s the Mortal Kombat developers, they can build hype for a horror game.

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Alexander Razin

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