A new generation of console gaming looms on the horizon and NetherRealm Studios is apparently gearing up to take Mortal Kombat and Injustice into the next frontier. A WB Games job listing has revealed intentions to develop for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Read on for details:
A listing posted to WB Games Careers on June 4th is searching for a Principal Software Engineer to work on developing next generation graphics for NetherRealm Studios. The listing specifically cites both the Mortal Kombat and Injustice franchises, which have maintained a steady presence at the developer with alternating releases approximately every two years.
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. 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.
First reported by The Game Post; the listing has naturally sparked speculation concerning upcoming sequels, with strong potential for a next generation complete edition of Mortal Kombat 11 also likely.
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath has been given a limited disc release in North & South America. Additional downloadable content expansions are still expected, enhancing the value of any future re-release on new consoles. The studio last dealt with transitioning to new hardware in 2013, when Injustice: Gods Among Us was reissued with an Ultimate Edition port for the newly released PlayStation 4.
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The news comes as speculation mounts over the reported potential sale of WB Games. The listing at least shows development continues in the short term, even if the future course for NetherRealm Studios remains slightly uncertain.
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