Ed Boon dropped a bombshell when accepting the award for Best Fighting Game at last weekend’s Spike TV Video Game Awards. He told GameSpot that the studio had completed their work on DLC for Mortal Kombat and that they were putting the franchise on hiatus to work on other projects.
However, that appears to not be the case. Instead, the famed developer has revealed, via his Twitter account, that NetherRealm Studios will begin a two-pronged development schedule, working on the next Mortal Kombat game (which, per a WB Games profile in the LA Times, will be released in 2013) and other non-Mortal Kombat projects:
Posted on December 11:
@H7underlined NetherRealm has a number of projects in the works. Not JUST Mortal Kombat. :)
RT @Tyrant_Cenobite @noobde You really taking a hiatus from Mortal Kombat?Noobde: No. NetherRealm is working on MK and non-MK games! :)
NetherRealm’s most recent game, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, was added to the iTunes App Store last week.
Have you caught Batman: Arkham City fever yet? The Los Angeles Times sure has as the newspaper’s business section interviewed Martin Tremblay, the President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, to coincide with the game’s release today.
While Tremblay talked a bit about Bruce Wayne’s battle against the denizens of Arkham City, the real focus was on WB’s future, including their 2012 slate of games. Currently, the publisher plans to release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey right around the same time as Peter Jackson’s movie of the same name, Lego Batman 2 and a game starring an unnamed DC Comics superhero.
Tremblay said he couldn’t talk about the game just yet, but who wants to start guessing who might be WB’s next video game star… Will it be Superman? The Flash? Wonder Woman? All of the above (AKA a Justice League game)? Your guess is as good as mine, but my money’s on Wonder Woman, she’s due for a gritty video game adaptation (plus, Rocksteady already has the whip animations down thanks to Catwoman’s appearance in Arkham City).
Oh, and a sidebar to the article revealed that the next Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat 10, is expected to be released in 2013. Flawless news!
WB Games is having a practically “flawless” year and it looks like it’ll only get better with the announcement that a third Mortal Kombat movie is in development.
The currently untitled film will begin production next year under the watchful eye of director Kevin Tancharoen and writer Oren Uziel. If you’ll recall, Tancharoen was responsible for the gritty Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film, which spawned this year’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries. While Legacy was a mostly faithful retelling of the Mortal Kombat mythos, the new film will offer a more “realistic take” on the franchise when its released in 2013.
In addition to the new film, New Line Cinema President Toby Emmerich and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment President Kevin Tsujihara believe that the next game in the series (the currently untitled Mortal Kombat 10) will launch alongside the movie in 2013.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]
Here’s a shocker, Mortal Kombat 10 is being discussed within NetherRealm Studios. Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine, series creator Ed Boon had this to say about future installments in the brutal fighting franchise:
“We’re going to at least have a conversation about a sequel, but we certainly haven’t started or planned out anything,” offers Boon. “I would love to see another one come out in the not-too-distant future. At the same time, I personally wouldn’t want to release one really fast — like next year — because I think you can oversaturate [the market], especially having released a game that’s doing exceptionally well. I would really want to give it time to breathe.”
So work on MK10 hasn’t begun yet, but a sequel to this April’s big-selling reboot sounds very likely. Unless NetherRealm does a 180 and tries their hand at a non-fighting game as Boon also told OXM that the studio is “definitely exploring other opportunities [beyond the fighting genre].”
Mortal Kombat Basketball confirmed!