Like everyone else, Ed Boon seems nostalgic for Mortal Kombat. Boon, who co-founded the franchise nearly 30 years ago, recently posted a series of tweets containing information about Scorpion’s legendary Hook attack, complete with motion capture footage dating back to 1992.
Boon posted the video on his Twitter on Tuesday. Although Mortal Kombat is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, Boon says development of the game began 30 years ago in 1991. Boon shared the video in celebration of the celebration and commented on how spontaneous the video shoots were.
“We certainly did a lot of preparation for our video shoots, but we got some ideas during the shoot,” said Boon. “With Scorpion’s spear, it started with ‘Do you know what a cool ass move would be?’ From there, you can be a fly on the wall and watch us work through the details. “
Mortal Kombat will turn 30 in 2022. But 2021 marks 30 years since we actually started working on the game. To celebrate, it seemed like a fun idea to share some behind-the-scenes stuff. This clip shows how we developed Scorpion’s iconic spear movement (GET OVER HERE!). (1 of 9) pic.twitter.com/3f1tdvjG9R
– Ed Boon (@noobde) October 12, 2021
Boon kept replying to his tweets, talking about the difficulty of saving memory so the game would fit on the chips they had available in the 90s.
“We were so closely remembered that we didn’t even capture movements for victim reactions,” wrote Boon. “Instead, we borrowed their existing animation frames. You can hear us talk about reusing one of the victim’s ‘knockdown’ animations when the spear hits them for the first time.”
Boon said in his last tweet on the thread that he would like to share more videos in anticipation of Mortal Kombat’s anniversary.
Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios announced in July that they have stopped developing DLC for the latest game in the series, 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11, and will be developing a new game. Boon will be speaking at the DC FanDome on Saturday, which could potentially be the new game announcement.
Mortal Kombat 11 is the franchise’s top-selling game with 12 million units sold. The franchise has topped 73 million console sales and over 138 million downloads from Mortal Kombat Mobile in 2015.
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IGN’s Mortal Kombat 11 review praised everything about the game except for its “grinning” way of unlocking new content: “Everything from its methodical and deep battle to its fantastically absurd story mode and rock-solid netcode to its exceptionally comprehensive tutorial is.” absolutely extraordinary. Only in the lengthy progression does he stumble. “
Mortal Kombat 11 was supposed to be played at the 2021 Personal Evo Showcase, but the event was recently canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.