Whether fighting fans expected it or not, Mortal Kombat returned last year thanks to developer NetherRealm with a strong entry in the series after a string of disappointing main and side projects. Though series creator and the studio’s creative director Ed Boon has said the developer will likely branch out and create other games, a version of last year’s fighting title will be released on the Vita in May.
Regardless of whether or not the studio stays true to Boon’s words, the developer is already making plans for the next generation of consoles. At the very least, NetherRealm is hoping to acquire two new staff members, a gameplay software engineer and a senior software engineer. The senior position offers the most telling information, as the description says the job entails “porting the current development engine to Next Generation consoles as well as integrating new middleware for said consoles.”
The developer has proven themselves up to the task with current-gen hardware, and fans of Mortal Kombat should expect NetherRealm to impress yet again when the next generation eventually hits the market. In the meantime, we can only hope they’ll continue to produce strong mobile content, as the studios Batman: Arkham City Lockdown for iOS devices proved to be another quality title, even if it did borrow liberally from Infinity Blade.