December 10th, 2011
8:13 PM CST -
Tonight was the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards and Mortal Kombat (2011) was nominated for Best Fighting Game and Best DLC (Freddy Krueger). Mortal Kombat easily beat out the competition of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters XIII and WWE All Stars to take home the Best Fighting Game of 2011 prize. Unfortunately, Portal 2 beat out Mortal Kombat for Best DLC. You can't win them all, but I'm sure Freddy will now be haunting the dreams of Portal 2's heroine Chell.

There is sadly no Best Fighting Game of 2011 acceptance speech to show you, as Spike felt the award wasn't exciting enough to unveil on the main show. Instead, the award was just announced it between other awards to make time for more celebrity guests like Charlie Sheen who made it known he was there just because he was paid well to be there. Seeing that Spike is also home to the UFC it would have been a perfect opportunity to have a UFC fighter give the award for "Best Fighting Game" so they could fill their celebrity presenter quota.

Perhaps the biggest shocking announcement came during the internet-only pre-show. According to GameSpot, Ed Boon was interviewed and gave a few clues into his "unexpected surprise". According to Ed, NetherRealm Studios is working on a second non-Mortal Kombat title, the first being their recently released iOS game: Arkham City Lockdown. Skip to 5:00 into the below video to see Ed's acceptance of the award and mention what NetherRealm Studios is working on next.


UPDATE 4:31pm: The Unofficial Apple Weblog also caught up with Ed Boon on the surprise release of Batman: Arkham City Lockdown. Boon mentioned that there may be other iOS projects in the works at NetherRealm.

And this isn't the last we'll see of Netherrealm Studios on Apple's mobile platforms, according to Boon. "Oh, yeah," he told me, "we have a number of things in the works. But nothing we can say just yet.


What do you fans think NetherRealm Studios is working on next? Leave your thoughts in the Komments.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:



December 10th, 2011 8:18 PM CST - TaBB3rnackle92
I am super proud, MK9 deserved it by a mile.
December 10th, 2011 8:35 PM CST - YungQ94
Damn i wanted to watch it live and not spoil my dinner. Oh well
December 10th, 2011 9:13 PM CST - Noob+Saibot
Sooooo... no more MK announcements?
December 10th, 2011 9:41 PM CST - nomad
yay! go mk, BUT I HOPE THEY DONT WIN BEST DLC..
December 10th, 2011 9:54 PM CST - Noob+Saibot
Originally Posted by : nomad
yay! go mk, BUT I HOPE THEY DONT WIN BEST DLC..
They didn't. Portal 2 did.
December 10th, 2011 10:02 PM CST - Tarkatan Trash
Originally Posted by : Noob+Saibot
They didn't. Portal 2 did.
Good! Any character that gets his ass kicked by a 1980s rock 'n' roll hair band doesn't deserve to win best DLC! Don't believe me? See the proof below!

December 10th, 2011 11:31 PM CST - Critical-Limit
Originally Posted by : Tarkatan Trash
Good! Any character that gets his ass kicked by a 1980s rock 'n' roll hair band doesn't deserve to win best DLC! Don't believe me? See the proof below!
that's a little unfair those guys aren't just an 1980's rocknRoll band. They are also Dream Warriors.
December 11th, 2011 1:23 AM CST - Flying Jinko
This is awesome! MK9 finally gets the recognition it deserves. Btw isnt Batman: Arkham City game for iOS the project NRS is working on next?
December 11th, 2011 1:30 AM CST - Jade
Was so proud to be an MK fan when it was announced, congrats to MK for winning!
December 11th, 2011 1:37 AM CST - milkyway11
An hour ago, Ed Boon responded to someone on Twitter, who had pointed him to the Gamespot article claiming that MK will be given a rest from NRS, and asked him to "say it ain't so" This was Boon's response "NetherRealm has a number of projects in the works. Not JUST Mortal Kombat. "
December 11th, 2011 1:47 AM CST - xhavoc86
Hurray for MK's best fighter win! Well deserved! Haters!
December 11th, 2011 2:27 AM CST - MKShao_Kahn
Yay congrats MK team, a well-deserved award!
December 11th, 2011 2:34 AM CST - kostasishere
Very nice, NRS did a great job with this MK from gameplay to extras and it deserves to win plus the sales talk... As for the non MK title it's a good thing because the studio getting bigger and this mean better games,quality and more ideas and not recycling games.
December 11th, 2011 2:57 AM CST - Jason Shearer
Sadly, I missed it tonight because UFC 140 was on and Spike goofed on their repeat at 10PM. Congratulations to NRS for the win. Well deserved. On a side note, Spike is no longer the home for UFC prelims. They were shown tonight on Facebook/ION; UFC 141 will be the last time the prelims air on Spike.
December 11th, 2011 7:21 AM CST - pimppaperclip
lol hope it's another badass fighting game similar to MK that they're working on or hopefully they got the rights to make KI 3
December 11th, 2011 9:18 AM CST - THEundying27
Sounds to me like the Killer Instinct "rumor" might be true after all. Just a thought.
December 11th, 2011 10:57 AM CST - Shirayuki Mizore
Freddy is nothing compared to Chell. Portal 2 all the hizzay. And if MvC3 won best fighting game I would have sued Spike.
December 11th, 2011 11:14 AM CST - YungQ94
Hell yeah Shira. If that broken, four modes, no specator mode game won then I would Rage like no other man
December 11th, 2011 3:42 PM CST - Dedamn666
primal rage vs clayfighters?
December 11th, 2011 6:01 PM CST - DCR
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
There is sadly no <b>Best Fighting Game</b> acceptance speech to show you, as Spike felt the award wasn't exciting enough to unveil on the main show. Instead it was just announced it between other awards to make time for more celebrity guests like Charlie Sheen who made it known he was there just because he was paid well to be there.
Really? Wow, I'm glad I didn't watch that crap then. That's great that MK9 won, though.
December 11th, 2011 7:57 PM CST - milkyway11
http://www.spike.com/video-clips/u5asej/video-game-awards-vga-2011-pre-show-part-1 If anybody wants to listen to what Ed Boon actually said, here's the link. he doesn't actually state they're on any kind of hiatus from MK, just that Netherrealm is working on several projects. Also, remember his response on Twitter last night saying that Netherrealm is working on several projects, not JUST MK. hopefully this means that there is some kind of MK game in the works. hopefully an adventure title for next year, and then the big MK10 for 2013 or whenever.
December 12th, 2011 9:28 AM CST - Araknyd_Commander
Originally Posted by : THEundying27
Sounds to me like the Killer Instinct "rumor" might be true after all. Just a thought.
Unless the rights to KI was bought out by WB, I doubt we'll be seeing a Killer Instinct any time soon. Remember, Microsoft owns the rights to Rare.
December 12th, 2011 1:35 PM CST - Jeff Greeson
Originally Posted by : milkyway11
http://www.spike.com/video-clips/u5asej/video-game-awards-vga-2011-pre-show-part-1 If anybody wants to listen to what Ed Boon actually said, here's the link. he doesn't actually state they're on any kind of hiatus from MK, just that Netherrealm is working on several projects. Also, remember his response on Twitter last night saying that Netherrealm is working on several projects, not JUST MK. hopefully this means that there is some kind of MK game in the works. hopefully an adventure title for next year, and then the big MK10 for 2013 or whenever.
Thanks for the link. Updated the original story with the embeded video.
December 13th, 2011 11:53 AM CST - Tarkatan Trash
Originally Posted by : Araknyd_Commander
Unless the rights to KI was bought out by WB, I doubt we'll be seeing a Killer Instinct any time soon. Remember, Microsoft owns the rights to Rare.
While it's true that Rare is owned by MS, the KI IP is in copyright limbo between MS and Nintendo. The copyright notice on KI's attract mode suggests a shared copyright between Rare and Nintendo (plus, Nintendo's logo is in-game). Plus, XBLA has re-released several of Rare's N64-exclusive games such as Perfect Dark. However, such was only the case for games not containing Nintendo-owned characters, which leads me to believe that Nintendo's copyright claim to KI involves the characters. As for Midway's role, they developed the arcade hardware and cabs, and co-published the Arcade versions with Nintendo; this role was exclusive to the arcade versions, though. Midway had no role in the console versions. Plus, Midway had no copyright claim to KI, so WB pretty much has to negotiate with both Nintendo and MS at this point.
December 13th, 2011 1:49 PM CST - Araknyd_Commander
Originally Posted by : Tarkatan Trash
While it's true that Rare is owned by MS, the KI IP is in copyright limbo between MS and Nintendo. The copyright notice on KI's attract mode suggests a shared copyright between Rare and Nintendo (plus, Nintendo's logo is in-game). Plus, XBLA has re-released several of Rare's N64-exclusive games such as Perfect Dark. However, such was only the case for games not containing Nintendo-owned characters, which leads me to believe that Nintendo's copyright claim to KI involves the characters. As for Midway's role, they developed the arcade hardware and cabs, and co-published the Arcade versions with Nintendo; this role was exclusive to the arcade versions, though. Midway had no role in the console versions. Plus, Midway had no copyright claim to KI, so WB pretty much has to negotiate with both Nintendo and MS at this point.
Either way whether it's MS, Nintendo or BOTH they'd have to get those rights, if they want to make a multi-platform game, which I'm sure WB would want to do. WB doesn't really do exclusive games, so I'm sure that's the route they'd have to take.
December 15th, 2011 12:51 AM CST - Jules Winnfield
Killer Instinct 3 or a KI reboot will get good reception from the fighting game community. It has been a long time and KI has a unique fighting system and some awesome music. I hope that NRS studio can get the rights some how. Ed Boon's rep has gotten much better with the fighting game community. I'm happy to see his triumph over Capcom for a change. He has always been loyal to his fans. He has worked hard over the years to give us quality game titles. MK will always be a major player and always relevant in the mainstream media. Long live Mortal Kombat. I have said this several times around the web, but never on TRMK. I would like to see Ed take a stab at his own mature adult themed version of DarkStalkers with realistic character models. I would like the game to be set around Romulus and Remus.[video]http://youtu.be/wA1D9wd29jI[/video]
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