Mortal Kombat, one of the most famous fighting sagas in the history of video games (and also the best-selling of all) turns 30 in 2022.
We do not know what NetherRealm will have in hand to celebrate it, but one of its creators, Ed Boon, has shared an unmissable video of the recording of one of its most iconic moments: the pose of “Get Over Here!” by Scorpion.
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
Mortal Kombat made a big splash in part because of its digitized live-action graphics. Their poses were then converted into game animations. AND Scorpion’s spear throw, his signature move, was improvised.
“Of course we did a lot of preparation for the videos, but some ideas came to us while filming. With Scorpion’s spear he started with a ‘do you know what would be cool with milk …?‘”
Boon explains that for the animation of Scorpion throwing the spear had to be fast to catch the rivals by surprise, so it had to be a simple animation with few frames. In addition, it reveals that to save memory they recycled many of the poses in other contexts to create new animations.
Boon ends by saying that they look forward to releasing more behind-the-scenes footage of Mortal Kombat as they approach the game’s 30th anniversary. The first Mortal Kombat came out in the arcade on August 9, 1992, a year later on consoles, a milestone that would change the video game industry, due to its level of violence.
NetherRealm already confirmed that they were working on a new project after Mortal Kombat. Will it be a Mortal Kombat 12? Injustice 3? Perhaps the rumored Marvel vs DC game? Boon is one of the attendees at this weekend’s DC FanDome event, so maybe we’ll know something there.