Mortal Kombat is a franchise that has become an entertainment icon after many years of video games, movies, and much more.
More specifically, it is almost three decades, and it is that Ed Boon, who is one of the creators of the franchise, has shared a message on Twitter where he indicates that although Mortal Kombat will be 30 years old in 2022, in 2021 it is 30 years since they began to work on the game. To celebrate this moment, Boon shared a cool behind-the-scenes video showing how they created Scorpion’s iconic hook attack with motion capture footage dating back to 1992. You can watch it below:
Mortal Kombat will be 30 years old in 2022. But 2021 marks 30 years since we actually BEGAN working on the game. To celebrate, it seemed like a fun idea to share some behind-the-scenes stuff. This clip shows how we created Scorpion’s iconic (GET OVER HERE!) spear move. (1 of 9) pic.twitter.com/3f1tdvjG9R
— Ed Boon (@noobde) October 12, 2021
It was actually a 9-tweet thread where Boon was talking about the creation process that started with “You know that would be a cool move?” He then indicates that adjustments were made during the recording, such as how fast Scorpion threw the spear in order to catch opponents, which meant keeping the animation simple and with few frames. Also, they wanted the spear to go over a crouched opponent, so they kept the throw above the chest.
Boon also comments that they were so tight with the memory of chips available in the 1990s that they did not capture movements for the victim’s reactions, and instead used existing animation frames. NetherRealm Studios’ current creative director also spoke of funny anecdotes, noting that after so many years there are things that make him laugh about the video like his arm reaching out from the right side trying to mimic the movements, and that he hopes to release more of these videos in the future.
With 12 million units, Mortal Kombat 11 is the best-selling game in the franchise, accumulating 73 million copies sold on consoles and more than 138 million Mortal Kombat Mobile downloads. By the way, Ed Boon is scheduled to speak at the DC FanDome next Saturday on what is expected to be the announcement of a new game.
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