NetherRealm Studios fans were wondering what the company was up to just a couple of weeks ago, and there were really only two answers. Would the team once again dive back into the Mortal Kombat universe, or would they finally return to the Injustice franchise for a third installment? In recent week’s, NetherRealm has made their answer loud and clear.

We now know that Mortal Kombat 1 is in the works, which is basically a reboot of the franchise that’ll feature familiar faces and mechanics, along with all-new characters, gameplay twists and more. Unfortunately, that means Injustice 3 still isn’t in the works.

In an interview with, NetherRealm’s lead systems designer Derek Kirtzic explained why the team opted for Mortal Kombat over Injustice.

“I think we really wanted to get started on the story. After MK11 and Liu Kang being established as the new god and protector of Earthrealm, it was really exciting for us to get into that story and start to explore it. Also with us coming and building it on a new engine, we wanted to make sure that we showed something that looked absolutely gorgeous. And Mortal Kombat really is what we are the best at, right? We love making this game, and so if we’re going to just make that step up to next-gen and whatnot, we want to continue the story that we had just been telling.”

[NetherRealm's lead systems designer Derek Kirtzic]

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