Ed Boon celebrates 30 years of Mortal Kombat by taking fans behind the scenes.
The co-creator of Mortal Kombat, Ed Boon, posted a behind-the-scenes video on Twitter covering the development of the original Mortal Kombat.
The video shows us how the iconic “spear” of Scorpion. “2021 marks 30 years since we actually STARTED working on [Mortal Kombat]. To celebrate, it seemed like a fun idea to share a few things behind the scenes“Boon said on Twitter.
The video features the martial artist Daniel Pesina, who performed motion capture for many Mortal Kombat characters in the early days of the series, as Scorpion directed by Ed Boon and John Tobias. After Pesina performs one of Scorpion’s animations, Boon throws up an idea for a move that involves a string with a pointed end used to pull players across the stage. The actor’s first attempts at Scorpion’s signature technique look slightly different from his final version, but by the end of the clip, we can actually see the famous move.
“[La lancia] it had to be fast so that [Scorpion] could take opponents by surprise“revealed Boon.
Boon also touched on the problems caused by the inclusion of this move and how Midway worked around them. “We were so tight in memory, we didn’t even capture any movement for reactions [delle vittime di Scorpion]. Instead, we borrowed the existing animation frames“said the co-creator of Mortal Kombat.
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
Boon concluded his reflection with a small tease that he hopes to release more behind-the-scenes clips from the Mortal Kombat story until the series’ 30th anniversary in 2022.
Boon is currently the creative director of NetherRealm Studios, known for the Mortal Kombat and Injustice series. NetherRealm announced this year that it would be ending development of DLC for Mortal Kombat 11 to pursue a new project still shrouded in mystery.