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Ed Boon: IP owners for guests have been more like partners rather than license holders when it comes to approval in Mortal Kombat 11

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 29, 2020 at 11:03 a.m. PST • Comments: 18

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate features many guest characters like the Joker, Rambo, RoboCop, Spawn and Terminator. During the FestiGame Twitch stream, Ed Boon got the chance to talk about working with the intellectual property owners to get these characters into the Mortal Kombat universe.

"What led you to include Rambo in Mortal Kombat 11?" asked the interviewer during the stream. Boon began by talking about how they started this practice with Mortal Kombat 9 and how it's progressed to this point.

"We've had guest characters, like Freddy Krueger, since Mortal Kombat 9," stated Boon. "Then we started doing horror and action characters like Alien and Predator."

"With Mortal Kombat 11, we started doing the more action hero thing like with Terminator and RoboCop," continued Boon. "We thought Rambo would be a nice way to bookend that thing we had going with RoboCop and Terminator."

Ed Boon recently said something similar in a video uploaded by WIRED. Specifically, adding John Rambo is apparently meant to finish Mortal Kombat 11's inclusion of '80s action stars.

"It's different than a normal Mortal Kombat character because we're using somebody else's character and it needs their approval. Luckily, they've been very cooperative and more like a partner rather than a license holder." - Ed Boon

Once again, this seems to imply that Ash Williams won't be playable in Mortal Kombat 11 despite all the signs pointing towards that. If NetherRealm Studios is working on an unannounced Kombat Pack 3, then we probably shouldn't expect more '80s action star guest characters.

Following this, Boon would go on to talk about the process of working with the intellectual property owners behind these guests. The developers are able to look back at the process and be satisfied with how it all worked.

"It's different than a normal Mortal Kombat character because we're using somebody else's character and it needs their approval," said Boon. "Luckily, they've been very cooperative and more like a partner rather than a license holder. It's been a very good process, but like I said, there's a lot of approval that has to happen. We're happy with how things turned out."

"You get to see who would win in a fight: Terminator or Rambo. Those were always fun things to debate when we were kids. Now we're able to make it real," concluded Boon.

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