Ed Boon on Horror Movie Fighting Game: ‘Maybe One Day’

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NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon comments on the possibility of the Mortal Kombat X studio one day creating a horror movie fighting game.

Between Freddy Krueger’s appearance in Mortal Kombat 9 and the handful of horror icons that were added to the Mortal Kombat X roster as DLC, it seems like NetherRealm Studios may be gearing up to eventually move forward with a fully-fledged horror movie fighting game. While it seems like a long shot, that idea may become a reality one day, as NetherRealm Studios boss Ed Boon at least seems to be open to the idea.

“Maybe one day we’ll do it,” Boon said when asked by Game Informer about the possibility of a horror movie fighting game. Of course, such a venture would require NetherRealm to acquire the licensing rights to numerous horror movie characters, which could be tricky, as many of the characters are owned by different film production studios.

However, if any studio was going to be trusted with the rights to these characters, it seems like NetherRealm Studios would be it, as the company has already proven its ability to do justice to popular characters. This includes the many superheroes featured in Injustice, not just the horror movie guest characters NetherRealm has produced for Mortal Kombat.


Even if a fighting game that consists only of horror movie characters isn’t produced, gamers should still be able to expect plenty of guest characters in future titles from NetherRealm. Boon revealed that the most popular DLC characters for Mortal Kombat X were the Alien Xenomorph and Predator, proving that fighting game fans have an appetite for guest characters.

In the case of Injustice, though, the most downloaded DLC character was Mortal Kombat‘s Scorpion. According to Boon, this demonstrates that gamers enjoy the crossover appeal of mixing characters from different franchises. Perhaps these stats could be used to convince the powers that be to provide the cash necessary to make such an ambitious crossover project as a horror movie fighting game materialize.

In the meantime, one has to wonder who else NetherRealm could tap from horror movie franchises. Pinhead from the Hellraiser series comes to mind, as does Michael Myers from Halloween, but otherwise, it seems like most of the popular horror movie villains have already been featured in Mortal Kombat. Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and even Leatherface are a few of the horror icons that have already battled it out in Mortal Kombat, so if more horror movie characters are in the cards for future games from the studio, the minds at NetherRealm may have to think a little outside the box to fill out the ranks.

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Source: Game Informer