While most developers tend to gravitate towards the creation of in-game models or interesting AI developments, there are a great deal of aspects that do not often make their way into the public's eye. Of these, some are more flattering than others and in true Mortal Kombat fashion, the developers of Mortal Kombat X have taken the time to shed some light on one of the messier aspects of making the game.
With the release of Mortal Kombat X looming on the horizon, gamers everywhere are dreaming of fatalities, brutalities and quitalities. Having earned a place in the general gaming subconscious due to their graphic portrayals of violence, there's one aspect of these gruesome finishers that people often overlook: The sound effects. In an effort to give gamers a look under the hood at how the sounds of dripping viscera are created, NetherRealm Studios have made a video detailing the foley process.
Included as part of the team's regular Kombat Kast livestreaming series, a short interlude was included that shows just how messy the jobs of foley artists can be. Kicking off at the 19:33 mark, green slime, toilet plungers and PVC piping are used liberally to produce some of the slicker sounds that populate Mortal Kombat X. The team has added that other popular foley tools include nuts, vegetables, fruit and hammers which no doubt help in simulating the sounds of broken bones.
The video also includes a look at the game's music as well as some changes that players can expect to see, so it's worth a watch for fans of the series. As a whole, it's encouraging to see developers embracing platforms like Twitch in order to interact with users and provide a comprehensive look at their products prior to release. Particularly in the case of the most recent Kombat Kast, it's interesting to get a look at the sides of gaming that are often hidden behind the curtain such as foley.
With a better understanding of the unflattering work that goes into making the fatalities that gamers have grown to love, the many sounds of Mortal Kombat X's roster of fighters will likely seem all the more visceral. From the return of Liu Kang to the introduction of Erron Black and Predator in the famed fighting game series, Mortal Kombat X is gearing up to be the biggest instalment yet. The game's release is just around the corner, but the final weeks are always the hardest.
Do you enjoy getting behind-the-scenes looks at the more unconventional aspects of the gaming industry? What would you like to get a better look at prior to the release of Mortal Kombat X?
Mortal Kombat X is due to crash onto store shelves on April 14, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It will releases on PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime this summer.