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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 expressed [=NetherRealm's=] desire not only to develop future ''Mortal Kombat'' titles, but also to branch out into new franchises. Their next effort was ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', a fighting game starring [[Creator/DCComics DC]] characters, and as with ''[=MK9=]'', was both a critical and commercial smash. Their next major release is ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', which will continue the story line 25 years past the events of ''9'' , and will be the studio's first offering for the [=PS4=] and [=XBOX One=]. In 2015, they also released ''WWE Immortals'', a fantastical WWE fighting game for mobile devices that shares game mechanics as the ''Injustice'' mobile offering.

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

!!Tropes:
* DescendedCreator: Ed Boon still provides Scorpion's iconic "'''[[CatchPhrase GET OVER HERE!/COME HERE!!!]]'''", even though the role has been [[TheOtherDarrin Darrin'd]] to Creator/PatrickSeitz.
* {{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.
* XMeetsY: A lot of their post-[=MK9=] games share the same foundation with their previous offering. ''Mortal Kombat 9'' + DC superheroes = ''Injustice'', which was more well-received than the [[VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse first time they used the license]], thanks to the popular ''[=MK9=]'' engine. In turn, ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' borrows mechanics from ''Injustice'' like environment interaction, as well as a varying character dynamic much like the -isms in ''Main/StreetFighterAlpha3''. They also developed a mobile fighting game, ''WWE Immortals'', which was a WWE + fantasy fighting game that borrowed the game mechanics from their mobile version of ''Injustice''.
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