KEY POINTS

  • "Mortal Kombat 12" is reportedly in the works
  • "Mortal Kombat 11" was a massive success
  • NetherRealm Studios' future at WB Games is uncertain

NetherRealm Studios might break its usual release pattern and release "Mortal Kombat 12" instead of "Injustice 3" because of several interesting reasons.

New information about NetherRealm Studios and its project came from GamesBeat video game journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb. Over the weekend, Grubb suggested in a new YouTube video from Giant Bomb that NetherRealm Studios is currently working on "Mortal Kombat 12."

The insider pointed out the massive success of "Mortal Kombat 11" as the reason for the gaming studio to work on its successor. He also mentioned the uncertain future of WB Games, which owns the license of DC characters like Superman and Batman.

Mortal Kombat "Mortal Kombat" screenwriter teases details in interview. Photo: Mortal Kombat/Facebook

In the video, Grubb said, "It lines up with the reality and it lines up with what I’ve heard, where Mortal Kombat 12 would make the most sense because that’s a game they know will make money, it will sell well… Mortal Kombat 11 was great, it’s doing well, but if you come out with Mortal Kombat 12 it will also sell and do well."

"At the same time, you don’t have to use any of these Batman or Superman characters that might be tied up in licensing if you try to get rid of NetherRealm or sell it to whoever," he further stated. There were rumors earlier this year claiming WB Games is breaking up. 

According to several claims, the overall owner AT&T is planning to sell off some of its games businesses. This makes NetherRealm Studios future with parent company WB Games uncertain.

Various industry watchers believe some of its studios will stay with the company while others will become new companies that are being formed with the Discovery Channel. Apparently, even NetherRealm Studios does not have any idea about what's happening.

It would prove a lot challenging to start working on "Injustice 3" and use characters like Superman and Batman and later be informed that it would be transferred to another company or entirely sold off. While Grubb's claim makes a lot of sense, it is worth noting that it is not official.

NetherRealm Studio has not yet said anything about the new project it is working on aside from a previous confirmation that it won't release any updates to "Mortal Kombat 11" and it's moving on to its next project.

"Mortal Kombat 12" is reportedly in development.