“NetherRealm, a division of WB Games Inc., seeks a Principal Software Engineer – Graphics to drive the next generation console graphics vision for the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises,” reads a job posting on the WB Games website. “As a Principal Graphics Engineer, you will work closely with the Lead Engineer and the rest of your peers to develop state-of-the-art graphics technology for the PS5 and XBOX Series X. Your domain will span the entire rendering pipeline and your responsibilities will include optimization, design, and implementation of pivotal new graphics technology.”
The post goes on to list many requirements and preferences such as “experience developing for either Xbox1 or PS4 (preferably both),” “strong desire to build industry-leading technology and ship the highest quality AAA games,” and a “deep understanding of modern rendering topics and GPU architectures.”
There are a few things worth pointing out about this job posting and the first is a disclaimer. Job postings are traditionally not the same as an official confirmation of the development of a game. Things change all the time, and it’s too early to take this as undeniable proof that a new Mortal Kombat or Injustice is in the works.
Having said that, there’s almost no doubt that there are new Mortal Kombat and Injustice games in development. Not only is it rare for studios to list the names of specific games in these postings unless they’re pretty confident that they intend to develop them, but recent Mortal Kombat and Injustice games have been overwhelming critical and financial successes. If those franchises can’t get next-gen sequels, then the odds of most games getting next-gen sequels decrease dramatically.
The one potential wrinkle regarding the prospects of these games being released in the near future concerns the rumors that WB Games may be up for sale. While that sale is only a rumor at this time, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the fallout of such a transaction could (at the very least) seriously delay the intentions of any studio currently under the WB Games label.
So while we’re pretty sure that it won’t be too long before these fighting franchises join the ranks of the confirmed PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games revealed thus far, we’ll keep you up to date regarding the specifics of such projects as additional information undoubtedly becomes available.