In the lead-up to the release of Mortal Kombat (aka Mortal Kombat 9) the internet was buzzing with questions for Ed Boon. Following the reveal of Kratos as the exclusive character for the PS3, everyone wanted to know who and what the Xbox 360 players would be getting as an exclusive.
For a while a rumor persisted that Green Lantern would be the exclusive Xbox 360 character, but that myth was later debunked (and the YouTube account associated with the video was subsequently deleted). Further rumors regarding the Xbox 360 versions of the game were revealed closer to the launch of the game and suggested that a unique Pit stage and even Puzzle Kombat would be included. From the rumored list of features, only avatar support for King of the Hill mode made it into the game.
While this was all happening, Boon remained silent regarding NetherRealm Studios's plans for the Xbox 360 version of the game. Once MK released, fans began to ask Boon if he would ever reveal the exclusive Xbox 360 character and yesterday on Twitter, Ed Boon, while replying to a fan's question, finally stated publicly that if he had a choice in the matter he would have chosen everyone's favorite COG, Marcus Fenix. What Boon probably wasn't expecting was a reply from Epic Games's Cliff Bleszinski encouraging Boon to get in touch with him about it.
Of course a conversation via Twitter between two industry giants isn't necessarily indicative of anything. In fact, Boon has already stated that more MK9 DLC could be on the way and that MK10 is already in development at NetherRealm Studios. So it's entirely possible that we could see Marcus Fenix come to the Xbox 360 as an exclusive character for this game.
But would we want Marcus Fenix? If NetherRealm Studios can do as good as job with him as they did with Kratos then sure why not? However, as much as this may anger the fanboys (or as I shall now refer to them 'fanimals'), Kratos just fits MK. Sure he always fights with weapons out, but other than that, he works within the context of the game. You need only switch up Zeus with Raiden and you can put Kratos into the game with minimal shoehorning. Fenix on the other hand is trickier, and could be viewed as redundant given how Jax is already part of the game. Plus, would he fight Lancer out or only bust it out for Fatalities and specials?
Since we don't have the answer to any of these questions, let us know in the comments below what you think. Go ahead and comment... we'll keep an eye on Ed and Cliffy's Twitter feeds and let you know if anything else happens.
Mortal Kombat is currently available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
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