Rumors about the Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm working on a Marvel property have been reignited recently. The idea has been floating around for a couple years after Ed Boon was once asked about a possible relationship with Marvel and gave a particularly cagey response. If those rumors are true, fans might be in store for more than just "Injustice with Marvel characters." NetherRealm has pulled off some impressive, and previously seemingly impossible, crossovers so the studio might be going for broke with access to the Marvel license.
Up top, any speculation about a possible Marvel vs. DC game is just that: speculation. But with the recent resurgence of rumors about the Mortal Kombat team working on a Marvel property many fans are wondering about what form that game could take. While it's probably more likely that if it is indeed working on a Marvel game, it will stay a strictly Marvel affair albeit with some MK crossover a la Injustice. And while the prospect of seeing Scorpion do battle with Marvel's resident revenant Ghost Rider is certainly appealing, NetherRealm is known for its ambitions; with no limits, what could it be?
When most fighting game fans think about Marvel crossovers, the first thought it is Marvel Vs. Capcom. After a lackluster reception to Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, though, the now-gargantuan entertainment company may be looking at other avenues to bring Marvel characters into the fray. The biggest possible splash for a new Marvel fighting game would be to see its iconic characters battle against the other comic giant, DC. Barring the licensing issues that may arise from NetherRealm games being a part of Warner Bros. (also owning DC's rights), the crossover would likely garner huge attention. NetherRealm has already set itself a high bar for Injustice 3, so if it's in fact working on a Marvel game, the expectations are likely already a factor.
Conceptually. most fans perceive Marvel and DC as in direct competition with each other, and that's largely true on screen/print. Obviously, the natural kind of fan arguments with Marvel versus DC isn't terms of their games, at least not yet, so a crossover this big isn't something out of the ordinary. The two comic book giants have already collaborated on a huge crossover event in their comics back in the 90s, with the outcomes of major battles like Superman against the Hulk being decided by fan mandate. A modern crossover for the two would do a lot to generate the one thing that could easily propel the two to work together again, money. A Marvel vs. DC fighting game with the polish of MK11 brought to its story and gameplay would draw in a large swath of fans beyond just the more niche audience for fighting games.
Howard claimed that the technology had changed significantly since those days, however. Procedural generation will supposedly allow both Starfield and TES6's cities to be far larger than any seen in a Bethesda RPG before. Procedural generation will likely be key to helping Bethesda build large landscapes across multiple planets.
This has led to a lot of speculation about the overall size of Starfield's in-game galaxy, though the fact that random generation is not involved makes it likely to be bigger than games like Skyrim, but smaller than games with huge continually generating worlds like Daggerfall, Minecraft, and No Man's Sky. Despite that, many fans are also hoping for No Man's Sky-style flight mechanics, with very little having been revealed about spaceflight and travel so far.
In early April 2021 rumors began circulating that Starfield could still be slated for a 2021 release, despite so many games being delayed over the past year. Youtuber MrMattyPlays reported that a contact at Bethesda told him that the studio still planned to release Starfield by the end of 2021. As evidence he provided an image from Bethesda's official website showing the game's 2021 copyright reservation. Though this is not definitive proof of the game's release window, many Bethesda games in the past have been released in the same year as their copyright reservation.
Adding to recent rumors, industry insider Rand al Thor spoke on the Xbox Two podcast, where he claimed that "very reliable people" had told him that Starfield is going to be an Xbox exclusive. This rumor has been circulating ever since Xbox announced its acquisition of Zenimax Media Inc, Bethesda's parent company. Bethesda also recently confirmed that some future Bethesda titles would be Xbox exclusives.
Although the leaked images appeared to show an earlier stage of the game, Rand al Thor also claimed that Starfield is in a playable condition and was currently in "bug squashing mode." Rumors that Starfield would release in 2021 have been seen before, most notably from Natedrake on the ResEtera forums.
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