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NetherRealm Studios is an American video game developer based in Chicago. After Midway filed for bankruptcy, its assets for Midway Games Chicago were purchased by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 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 Mortal Kombat veterans and is led by the series' co-creator Ed Boon.

Largely a Fighting Game studio, they debuted with the critically acclaimed and hugely successful Mortal Kombat 9. The studio has developed something of a Signature Style, with fast-paced, heavy-hitting gameplay, superb production values, and massive amounts of single-player content. At the same time, though, they've faced criticism for stilted animations, perceived "casual" gameplay, and being quick to drop support for a game when their next one is released.

As such, their games tend to be divisive in the general Fighting Game Community, but this hasn't crippled their popularity; in terms of sales figures, they're second only to Super Smash Bros.

They also used to be criticized for poor, laggy net code, but this was amended with the XL update for Mortal Kombat X, and their online play has been held in high esteem ever since. They even gave a GDC talk about it.

The studio worked on a two-year cycle, alternating between Mortal Kombat and the DC Comics-based Injustice each time until Mortal Kombat 11 in 2019, whereupon they followed that up with Mortal Kombat 1 in 2023. Ed Boon has stated that Injustice 3 isn't off the cards, however.