Almost 4 years after the release of Marvels vs. Capcom: Infinite , we are still waiting for the comeback of Marvel characters in the unique genre of fighting games; and it could well be that Disney does without a Japanese developer for its next excursion on the versus fighting market …
In any case, this is evidenced by the latest rumors that run on NetherRealm Studios , developers of the Mortal Kombat and Injustice 2 sagas which would, at present, be in close collaboration with the firm in the mouse.
This latest rumor is due to Daniel Richtman, an American insider specializing in Marvel and Disney cinema productions. According to the latest information posted online on his Patreon and reported by the Stealth Optional site, a Marvel fighting game is already in production at the Netherrealm studio. We will unfortunately not have more details or other additional speculation – but the project would supposedly be aimed at next-gen consoles.
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After the acquisition of its ancestor Midway Games by the group Warner Bros. in 2009, NetherRealm Studio established itself as one of the heavyweights of the fighting game genre and represents one of the most celebrated studios on the other side of the Atlantic, in particular thanks to its Mortal Kombat franchise, which has unfailing popularity in the land of Uncle Sam.
But this is not the only successful series for the American studio that has put aside Sub-Zero and company for Injustice: Gods Among Us , a fighting game entirely dedicated to the universe of the DC comics publisher. . Huge commercial success when it was released in 2013, the title was honored with a sequel cleverly titled Injustice 2 in 2017.
While it is certain that there is a big difference in tone between the decidedly dark atmosphere of the Injustice saga and the lightness of Marvel productions, the expertise of NetherRealm in the genre of the licensed fighting game is no longer in question. to prove. It's a safe bet that Disney is still seeking to capitalize on the success of the Marvel universe in the video game market, after some attempts with mixed success with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite in 2017 or, more recently, Marvel's Avengers from the Crystal Dynamics teams in 2020. With a decade marked by serial success, NetherRealm could well be the ideal partner in the development of a new franchise …