NetherRealm Studios

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NetherRealm Studios
Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Predecessor Midway Games
WB Games Chicago
Founded 2010; 7 years ago (2010)
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, United States[1]
Key people
Ed Boon (creative director)
Products Mortal Kombat series
Owner Time Warner
Parent Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

NetherRealm Studios is an American video game developer based in Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded in 2010 replacing WB Games Chicago and Midway Games, which purchased assets in 2009 that were formerly owned by Midway Games Chicago after Midway filed for bankruptcy.[1][2]

The assets purchased included Midway's studio in Chicago[3] and Surreal Software, resulting in the ownership to the rights to the Joust, Mortal Kombat, The Suffering, Spy Hunter and Wheelman series.[4] In 2009, WB Games first rebranded the Mortal Kombat team as WB Games Chicago,[5] before both WB Games Chicago and Midway Games were merged to form NetherRealm Studios in 2010.[6] The studio is named in reference to the Netherrealm, a recurring location in the Mortal Kombat series, and features recurring series character Scorpion in its logo.

NetherRealm's first game, the ninth installment and the reboot of the Mortal Kombat series, was released in North America on April 19, 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms. The studio is led by industry veteran, and series co-creator, Ed Boon.[7]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Engine Platform(s)
PS3 PS4 PS Vita Wii U Win X360 XOne
2011 Mortal Kombat Unreal Engine 3 Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Unreal Engine 3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2015 Mortal Kombat X Unreal Engine 3 No Yes No No Yes No Yes
2017 Injustice 2 Unreal Engine 3 No Yes No No No No Yes

Mobile games[edit]

Year Title Engine Platform(s)
Android iOS
2011 Batman: Arkham City Lockdown Unreal Engine 3 Yes Yes
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Unreal Engine 3 Yes Yes
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Unreal Engine 3 Yes Yes
2015 WWE Immortals Unreal Engine 3 Yes Yes
2015 Mortal Kombat X Unreal Engine 3 Yes Yes
2017 Injustice 2 Unreal Engine 4 Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b Smith, Ryan (April 9, 2010). "WB Games Chicago Soon To Be Netherrealm Studios?". ChicagoNow. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Midway Completes Time Warner Sale". Multichannel. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Ben. "Mortal Kombat team sheds Midway skin for 'WB Games Chicago'". Joystiq. 
  4. ^ Pigna, Kris. "Warner Bros. Emerges as Sole Bidder for Midway". 1up. 
  5. ^ Martin, Matt. "Mortal Kombat studio becomes WB Games Chicago". gamesindustry. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Joseph. "New Mortal Kombat coming 2011 says Warner Brothers"., June 10, 2010
  7. ^ McWhertor, Michael (August 24, 2010). "What's Next For Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm Studios". Kotaku. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 

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