Mortal Kombat and Injustice developer NetherRealm Studios could also be arduous at work on a Marvel preventing recreation, based on a brand new rumor. The rumor begins with trade insider Daniel Richtman, although there are just a few different tantalizing hints that would lend some extra weight to the rumor in context.
NetherRealm Marvel Fighting Game
Insider Daniel Richtman claims that NetherRealm has a Marvel preventing recreation presently in manufacturing. Marvel Comics characters aren’t any strangers to preventing video games, and NetherRealm has additionally had its hand in just a few comic-related video games of its personal, so it looks like an ideal match. Richtman doesn’t have any extra particulars about story, estimated launch dates, or in any other case, besides to say that the rumored NetherRealm Marvel preventing recreation is presently in improvement on the studio for the next-gen consoles.
MinnMaxx’s Ben Hanson threw some extra kindling on the rumor by posting a clip from a 2019 interview with NetherRealm’s Ed Boon, by which he not-so-subtly teased that the studio had no less than had talks with Marvel.
— Ben Hanson (@yozetty) April 27, 2021
“Have you ever had one conversation with Marvel about making a fighting game?” Hanson asks, to which Boon replies “Yes!” with extensive eyes.
“What..? When?” Hanson asks. Boon grimaces, smiles, and appears away. “Uhhh… I did, but I… uh… probably shouldn’t talk about it,” the developer says.
Hanson then asks Boon if he’s enthusiastic about that concept. “Oh god yes,” Boon replies. “We would love to make like a Marvel fighting game, or Marvel vs. DC, I think would be the coolest.”
NetherRealm’s expertise in comedian e-book hero fighters started with 2008’s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (when the studio was Midway), which pitted characters from each franchises towards each other. In 2013, NetherRealm Studios developed a full DC preventing recreation with Injustice: Gods Among Us, which was adopted by Injustice 2 in 2017.
Boon additionally beforehand confirmed in an interview with Geoff Keighley last year that the studio has “other stuff in the oven” moreover Mortal Kombat and Injustice, that are up to now the studio’s solely two franchises. Curiously, Boon additionally preceded this quote (at about 35 minutes into the video) with evaluating Mortal Kombat to the Marvel Universe. Does Boon have Marvel on the mind?
He would possibly, if his Twitter account is something to go off of, and traditionally, Boon’s Twitter has been a source of teases that play the long game; refined hints at what’s to return hidden proper in plain sight. And this month, Boon’s Twitter has been a trove of Marvel references.
Hearing the information discuss us having “lost a year” and shortly absolutely vaccinated folks can journey abroad with life getting again to regular…
Feels like we’re getting back from the Marvel BLIP.
— Ed Boon (@noobde) April 27, 2021
He refers back to the “blip” when Thanos snapped half the inhabitants away in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame because the “Marvel BLIP,” talks a few marketing campaign to carry Tony Stark again, a number of tweets about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and random hypothesis about “SnyderVerse rhyming with SpiderVerse.” Sure, these might all be (and more than likely are) fully innocuous tweets that imply nothing in any respect, nevertheless it’s clear Boon’s a Marvel fan too, and he—very similar to the remainder of the world—has Marvel on the mind. Whether or not that’s as a result of he’s been arduous at work on a Marvel recreation stays to be seen.
Marvel, in the meantime, is completely satisfied at hand its licenses out to assorted builders and publishers to get a broad number of video games and experiences utilizing these heroes and tales. Some have identified that NetherRealm is owned by Warner Bros., who owns Marvel competitor DC, however crazier crossovers have occurred. Notably the leak from Richtman doesn’t point out some other properties, so if that is true, count on it to be a Marvel recreation solely, not a crossover with DC or Mortal Kombat.
We normally get a brand new NetherRealm recreation about each two years, and the final entry was Mortal Kombat 11 in 2019. Of course, 2020 did give us the Aftermath expansion as effectively, however we presently don’t have any phrase about what NetherRealm could be working on subsequent. If this leak is true, then a kind of “other things in the oven” might be a NetherRealm Marvel preventing recreation, however we’ll have to attend and see what the official phrase is at any time when Boon and the staff resolve it’s time to announce it.