A recently posted job posting at NetherRealm Studios is looking for a designer with melee combat and navigation experience, hinting at a new game.
Nether Realm Studios is a developer with an established heritage in the video game industry. Formed from the ashes of Midway Games, NetherRealm is the team behind the mortal combat franchise, and more recently the Injustice series of fighting games, too. Although NetherRealm has also created mobile gaming experiences, it’s hard to imagine its primary focus being anything other than 2D fighting games. Still, a recent job posting hints that NetherRealm might be experimenting in a new direction.
A recently posted NetherRealm job posting for a lead designer who will focus on combat has raised some eyebrows. There’s no overt mention of a new project at NetherRealm, but the language used in the listing may indicate a new direction. Specifically, there is a requirement listed under “Essential” in the job listing asking for experience “in implementing navigation and/or combat mechanics (with a preference for melee combat) “.
“Hand-to-hand combat” and “navigation” in no way imply a change of direction for the company. It’s still a curious language to use for a fighting game. Fighting games use a mix of melee and ranged combat in a strict balance, after all. “Melee” more often refers to 3D games with action-oriented combat like the Batman WB Games titles. “Navigation mechanics” also imply more complex systems for movement and exploration, though the language could simply refer to fighting game movement as well.
To be clear, there are no announced plans for NetherRealm to make anything other than fighting games and the weird mobile game in the future. The only recent rumor regarding NetherRealm’s next project, in fact, is that it’s working on Mortal Kombat 12. Some might be surprised to learn that this is not the case. Injustice then, but Warner Bros. going through a transition right now, and it seems Mortal Kombat 12 is a safer direction in order to avoid any pesky licensing issues that may arise if NetherRealm is sold to another company.
Ultimately, this Senior Designer position could be intended to work on Mortal Kombat 12a new NetherRealm mobile game, or maybe a new non-combat game mode like what was previously included in mortal combat securities. There’s just not enough information to be certain, but it’s intriguing nonetheless.
Whatever project NetherRealm Studios is working on, its community of dedicated fans will certainly be looking forward to it. Even if NetherRealm decided to try and make a game in a different genre, those fans would know it would be made with the same dedicated development team, style, and personality as mortal combat and Injustice have been done. Fans will just have to wait and see what’s in store from NetherRealm all along the line.
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