The rumor mill has been churning once again, and this time around, it's NetherRealm Studios who are at the center of it all.
Apparently, some people believe that the developers of the Mortal Kombat and Injustice fighting game series are working on a Marvel fighting game next, with an official announcement coming soon.
Is the NetherRealm Marvel Fighting Game Confirmed?
NetherRealm is one of the most predictable developers in the video game industry. At least, as far as their release schedules go. The Chicago-based video game developers have alternated their video game releases every year starting in 2011 with Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, and Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.
With NetherRealm's most recent title being 2019's Mortal Kombat 11, it stands to reason that NetherRealm is gearing up to release their next big game in 2021.
While fans have reason to believe that NetherRealm is going to release Injustice 3 next (it's been hinted before), some believe that NetherRealm's next game will actually be a Marvel fighting game. Of course, this should be impossible. After all, Warner Bros. owns both DC Comics and NetherRealm. You'd think that they wouldn't let one of their more prominent studios work for the other team. Yet, as per the leaker, Daniel Richtman, he claims the NetherRealm Marvel fighting game is already in production.
Of course, outside of Richtman, there have been little talks about the rumored NetherRealm Marvel fighting game. But, if it's any consolation, NetherRealm Studios' Creative Director, Ed Boon, did say yes back in 2019 when asked if Marvel had already asked them about making a fighting game. If this was a subtle hint, then a 2021 release date makes a lot of sense.
What Is NetherRealm Studios Currently Working On?
As of the moment, NetherRealm Studios have yet to announce anything new. The studio last worked on the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 versions of Mortal Kombat 11, releasing it in November 2020. Since then, NetherRealm Studios have stayed relatively quiet. So, who knows? Maybe Daniel Richtman's claims are true.
With that said, the assumption right now is that NetherRealm Studios is working on Injustice 3.
Just to refresh your memory, NetherRealm Studios released Injustice 2 way back in 2017. The story gave players two endings to choose from. In the first one, Supergirl joins the Justice League with Superman banished into the Phantom Zone. In the other one, Superman reclaims his position as Earth's tyrannical ruler with Batman brainwashed to do his bidding.
Regardless of which of the two Injustice 2 endings is canon, there's enough material for NetherRealm Studios and DC to work with for the Injustice 3 video game, as well as other media that may accompany its release. However, if the rumors are true and NetherRealm Studios is indeed working on a Marvel fighting game, then it will definitely be interesting, to say the least.
Outside of Capcom and SNK, NetherRealm Studios is the one that's most qualified to work on a superhero fighting game. Of the three, one could argue that NetherRealm Studios has the best track record. Thus, if nothing else, it makes sense that Marvel tried to approach NetherRealm Studios back in 2019 even if nothing came of it.
With E3 2021 coming up in June, the timing is ripe for NetherRealm Studios to break their silence and announce their next game.