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Ed Boon: Mortal Kombat is almost like a revolving door for characters where fans tend to be happy when a fighter returns after a break

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 18, 2020 at 2:55 p.m. PDT • Comments: 18

Ed Boon from NetherRealm Studios recently participated in an interview with GameSpot following the release of Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. During the conversation, Boon was asked about the decision making process of bringing back characters like Fujin and Sheeva. The interviewer also wanted to know if there are more fighters that NetherRealm Studios would like to return to someday.

"There always are," replied Boon. "If you count, there are probably about 80 — probably more now — Mortal Kombat characters that we released in various versions."

"It's not that we don't love them as much, but we always have to have Scorpion and Sub-Zero in a Mortal Kombat game." - Ed Boon

Similar to Ryu and Ken of the Street Fighter series, there are apparently a number of characters that are too important to exclude from a Mortal Kombat game. It really is hard to imagine a modern Mortal Kombat game without Scorpion at this point.

"Some are staples to Mortal Kombat like Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, and Liu Kang while some are not as frequently seen like Fujin, Stryker, and Sheeva," continued Boon. "It's not that we don't love them as much, but we always have to have Scorpion and Sub-Zero in a Mortal Kombat game."

Ironically, Scorpion was actually not a playable character in the original Mortal Kombat 3 that was released back in 1995. Liu Kang was also absent (outside of a cut-scene) in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance due to plot reasons.

"Because of that, it's almost like a revolving door," stated Boon. "Everyone gets their chance in the sun and maybe we give somebody a break. When they come back, players are that much happier to see them."

The only characters that appeared in Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat X, and Mortal Kombat 11 are Jax, Johnny Cage, Kano, Kitana, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Raiden, Scorpion, Sonya, and Sub-Zero. These 10 are likely the staple combatants that Ed Boon was referring to.

Although Mileena was present in Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat X, she is mysteriously absent from Mortal Kombat 11 outside of quick references like Kitana's Friendship. Even Ed Boon himself has noted the outcry from fans to add Mileena to the latest entry in the franchise.

Interestingly enough, Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath's story ending gave the impression that the series could go through another reboot. Boon also stated that Liu Kang's journey in Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is essentially finished. It's not quite clear at the moment what this means for the inclusion of Liu Kang and other "staple characters" in future installments.

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