The stories surrounding the development of Mortal Kombat 11 just keep getting worse and worse. After multiple reports of mismanagement from NetherRealm, another anonymous developer on the game has come forward to share their story. While they don't have any info on the aforementioned misconduct, they do share what it was like working on such a gruesome game day after day.
“I’d have these extremely graphic dreams, very violent. I kind of just stopped wanting to go to sleep, so I’d just keep myself awake for days at a time, to avoid sleeping. You’d walk around the office and one guy would be watching hangings on YouTube, another guy would be looking at pictures of murder victims, someone else would be watching a video of a cow being slaughtered. The scary part was always the point at which new people on the project got used to it. And I definitely hit that point.”
This employee in particular ended up seeing a therapist to help deal with these dreams. The therapist ended up diagnosing them with PTSD due to being surrounded and immersed in violent imagery for a huge portion of the day. Soon after the diagnosis, this employee learned that other staffers were going through similar experiences.
Publisher Warner Bros. Games and developer NetherRealm declined to comment on the matter.