NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon states that should Capcom approach him about a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover, he would ‘have to entertain’ the idea.
With a large roster of memorable heroes in both franchises and each with its own unique gameplay style, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are perhaps the most popular titles within the fighting game genre. Given that both franchises have each dabbled in crossover titles in the past – Street Fighter with Street Fighter X Tekken and the Marvel vs. Capcom series, and Mortal Kombat with Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe – it stands to reason that a Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat crossover could potentially happen in the future. However, this hypothetical crossover will have to jump through quite a few hoops first if it is to see the light of day according to NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon.
In a new interview with IGN Unfiltered, Boon says that while fans would undoubtedly love to see a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover, he concedes that “there’s no way that would satisfy everybody” given the contrasting tones of both franchises. Boon went on to explain that even if this hypothetical game was rated M and the studio was given permission to “tear Ryu’s head off” via one of Mortal Kombat‘s infamous fatalities, a successful crossover would be difficult to make due to how differently both games play, saying that “there’s different pacing, there’s different fundamentals with both of them.”
To illustrate how difficult it would be to properly balance out a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover to the satisfaction of fans, Boon referred to Street Fighter X Tekken as an example in which comprises had to be made, a situation that was not ideal for either franchise. Noting that one title would “have to sacrifice something” in any fighting game crossover, Boon expressed his concern that he doesn’t know whether it would be possible for NetherRealm to “find that sweet spot” for a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover.
When asked for his response if Capcom were to call him tomorrow with an offer for NetherRealm Studios to develop a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter title, Boon was pragmatic with his answer, stating that he would “have to entertain” the idea before noting that a “whole ton of research with Street Fighter players” would have to be conducted in order to learn what fans want from this game.
A crossover between two of the most popular fighting game franchises would undoubtedly be something to look forward to for fans, but given Boon’s hesitance on the project, NetherRealm currently in the final stages of polishing up Injustice 2 for its upcoming May 2017 launch, and Capcom are busy focusing on post-launch support for Street Fighter 5 and Resident Evil 7, it appears that a Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter crossover remains in the realm of fantasy for now.
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