Netherrealm Studios

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NetherRealm Studios
legal form Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
founding April 20, 2010
Seat Chicago , Illinois
management Ed Boon
Branch Software developer

The NetherRealm Studios are in Chicago , Illinois -based development studio for computer games . The company is part of the American media group Time Warner in its Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment business unit and is primarily responsible for the development of the Mortal Kombat computer game series . NetherRealm Studios emerged in 2010 from Midway Games , which was taken over by Warner after bankruptcy in 2009.


Netherrealm Studios emerged from the central development studio of the former American game manufacturer Midway Games . Under the creative direction of Ed Boon and John Tobias , the fighting game series Mortal Kombat was created in 1992 as a competitive product to the successful Capcom title Street Fighter II . It developed into one of the main Midways brands, for whose further development the studio remained primarily responsible. When Midway went bankrupt in 2009, the studio and the Mortal Kombat brand were considered one of the company's most valuable corporate values. It was taken over by Time Warner in July 2009 and has since operated under the name WB Games Chicago. With the announcement of the game Mortal Kombat in 2010, the renaming to NetherRealm Studios was announced. The name refers to a location in the Mortal Kombat series. Ed Boon is in charge of the studio.


As Midway Games

  • 1992: Mortal Kombat (Arcade)
  • 1993: Mortal Kombat II (Arcade)
  • 1995: Mortal Kombat 3 (Arcade)
  • 1995: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (Arcade)
  • 1996: Mortal Kombat Trilogy (PS1, N64, Saturn)
  • 1997: Mortal Kombat 4 (Arcade)
  • 1997: Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (PS1, N64)
  • 2000: Mortal Kombat: Special Forces (PS1)
  • 2002: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (PS2, GCN, Xbox)
  • 2003: Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (GBA)
  • 2004: Mortal Kombat: Deception (PS2, GCN, Xbox)
  • 2005: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (PS2, Xbox)
  • 2006: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (PS2, Xbox)
  • 2008: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (PS3, X360)

As NetherRealm Studios

Console and PC games

  • 2011: Mortal Kombat (PS3, PS Vita, Windows, X360)
  • 2013: Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Windows, X360)
  • 2015: Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One, Windows)
  • 2017: Injustice 2 (PS4, Xbox One)
  • 2019: Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Switch)

Mobile apps

  • 2011: Batman: Arkham City Lockdown (Android, iOS)
  • 2013: Injustice: Gods Among Us (Android, iOS)
  • 2013: Batman: Arkham Origins (Android, iOS)
  • 2015: WWE Immortals (Android, iOS)
  • 2015: Mortal Kombat X (Android, iOS)
  • 2017: Injustice 2 (Android, iOS)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Mortal Kombat studio becomes WB Games Chicago. In: Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  2. Netherrealm Studios: WB's new home for Mortal Kombat? - In: VideoGamer.Com. Retrieved April 24, 2016 (American English).
  3. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios Launch Mortal Kombat X for Mobile | Business Wire. In: Retrieved April 24, 2016 .
  4. Michael McWhertor: What's Next For Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios. In: Kotaku. Retrieved April 24, 2016 (American English).