Back in July, NetherRealm Studios announced that it is working on its next project, while announcing the end of support for Mortal Kombat 11. One would assume that the developer would be working on the next Injustice title, since the studio usually rotates between its two fighting games. But the studio may be focusing on its own IP after all.
Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat said in a new entry into the GrubbSnax Selects series that NetherRealm Studios is currently working on Mortal Kombat 12. As he puts it, it makes more sense to work on its own IP, rather than on Injustice 3. The argument here is that the studio knows that its own IP will sell well, even if it comes immediately after the previous game in the series.
Another reason that the company is doing so is because it will not have to work with WB Games’ IP. After all, it is the latter that holds the license to the Batman: Arkham series of games, which extends to the Injustice series. Which makes sense, as the fate of WB Games is still sort of in limbo. Telco conglomerate AT&T, which owns WB Games, previously announced putting its games division up for sale. Ultimately, the company will be breaking up its gaming arm in some way.
In the face of this uncertainty, it makes sense to think that NetherRealm will choose to work on its own IP. That way, progress on its work will not be interrupted regardless of which direction it gets thrown as part of AT&T breaking up its gaming arm. Though the company has yet to make any official announcement beyond the fact that it’s working on something that’s not MK11.