Mortal Kombat Creator Showcases the Conception of Scorpion’s “Get Over Here!” for Anniversary
Next year is going to mark the 30th anniversary of Mortal Kombat. The original game took the arcades by storm as the fighting title put players on edge with its high octane violence and gruesome fatalities. Of course, they’re tamer compared to the Mortal Kombat players know about today, but for the time, the series was known for being one of the more hardcore titles for fans.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series, Ed Boon, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat, showed some of the behind-the-scenes footage for the game showing developers animating the moves for Scorpion in the title.
A Flash of Inspiration
Mortal Kombat was one of the few arcade titles that had the characters be portrayed by real people. The animations for the game were then filmed by the developers and then digitized into sprites for the player to see when they played the game. This was one of the groundbreaking aspects of the fighting game, aside from its violence. However, inspiration can truly strike anywhere, and that’s exactly what happened to Boon mid-development.
In a 9 tweet long thread from Boon, he mentions that in the footage uploaded, viewers can see Boon come up with the most iconic move in the series on a total whim.
Boon is heard while filming Scorpion’s moves saying, “You know what would be a cool ass move,” and then asks fellow creator John Tobias “didn’t ninjas have some sort of rope?” What then follows is the process of Boon and Tobias directing the person dressed up as Scorpion through the motions of the famed Mortal Kombat move. Boon mentions in the tweets, “while there was SO MUCH more involved with us creating this classic move (fx, sounds) it’s still kool to see the germ of an idea that eventually became so synonymous with Mortal Kombat, and duplicated SO MANY TIMES in future games, movies, tv, animation & comics!”
The concept of Scorpion’s “get over here” move going from a single idea that was made on a whim to being one of the most important moves in the culture of the series is astounding. It proves that inspiration is able to strike at any moment, and the next amazing idea could possibly be a small idea that blows up.
With the video being posted by Boon, he also mentions that since the game’s official anniversary doesn’t actually start until next year. This was just the 30th anniversary of the development of the game, and Boon plans on using the time from now till the actual 30th anniversary of the game to show off some of other behind-the-scenes content. With Mortal Kombat’s special way of animating their sprites, there’s a good chance that a lot of the footage from the original game is saved somewhere on the hard drives of Boon and Tobias, and we may just get a chance to see it for ourselves.