Netherrealm Studios' Ed Boon has told SPOnG that he'd like his team to "step out of its comfort zone" and explore new game genres.
In an interview due to be published next week, Boon added that DC Comics brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us represents the "first step" in achieving a future where Netherrealm could create action adventure titles.
When asked if the director would like to shirk the impression that Netherrealm is 'the Mortal Kombat studio', Boon replied, "Oh yeah! When you’ve been doing [the series] for 20 years, and our first game as Netherrealm studios was in fact the most recent Mortal Kombat game... [with Injustice] we really did want to show people that we can do things that are a little bit outside of our comfort zone.
"In doing this, I think it's a first step towards... I can see us doing an action adventure game, or something like that. So Injustice is the first of hopefully many steps that we take that brings the studio outside of the Mortal Kombat box."
Boon did admit that there would be unique challenges for the studio in trying to achieve its ambitions. "I think every time you step out of your comfort zone there's a certain [perception challenge]. Like, a lot of people ask me when the next Mortal Kombat is coming out. So there's always that balance. But, that's a great problem to have."
It sounds like Injustice could well succeed as well. "If Injustice continues to perform as it has been - in the States, it's been selling really well, we're very happy about that - and it warrants doing a sequel, then it will be really nice to be known for at least two games: Mortal Kombat and Injustice."
Stay tuned for the rest of the interview, on SPOnG soon.