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'''[=NetherRealm=]''' '''Studios''' is an American video game developer based in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}.

After [[Creator/MidwayGames Midway]] filed for bankruptcy, its assets for Midway Games Chicago were purchased by Creator/WarnerBros After a brief spell under the name WB Games Chicago, this newly owned property would eventually become [=NetherRealm=] Studios in 2010. The studio comprises many ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' veterans and is led by the series' co-creator Ed Boon.

The studio's first outing, ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' in 2011, a reboot of the ''Mortal Kombat'' franchise, marked a return to form for the series that was praised by critics and fans alike. Boon has recently expressed [=NetherRealm's=] desire not only to develop future ''Mortal Kombat'' titles, but also to branch out into new franchises. The summer 2012 announcement of ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', a fighting game starring [[Creator/DCComics DC]] characters, marked the studio's first real effort to accomplish this.

!!Games:
* ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat]]'' (2011)
* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Batman: Arkham City Lockdown]]'' (2011)
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (2013)
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' (2015)

!!Tropes:
* {{Mascot}}: None other than Scorpion, who is, unsurprisingly, Ed Boon's favorite ''Mortal Kombat'' character.
* PlayingAgainstType: Boon wants the studio to develop games outside the ''Mortal Kombat'' universe.
* SNKBoss: The 2011 ''Mortal Kombat'' reboot restores Shao Kahn to his frustrating glory, just as in past ''Mortal Kombat'' games.
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