Every single fighting game has its own unique style and hook. Tekken prefers to focus more on the technical fight skill than flashy energy moves. Smash Bros is all about nostalgia and creating insane matches. And Mortal Kombat is the game you play when you’re an adult and want to see video game characters die painful deaths. The “Fatalities” are what made Mortal Kombat so infamous, and Mortal Kombat XI is going to be even more infamous because of its absolutely brutal fatalities.
Obviously, for any Mortal Kombat game, the Fatalities are important, but just as important is making sure that they were done right. Mortal Kombat XI has more brutal fatalities than ever before, and in an interview, Ed Boon talked about why these ones went the extra mile:
“In this game, a lot of our fatalities end with a slow-mo of bloody explosions,” said Boon. “We always described it as, we want the final image to be something that somebody would want to hang on the wall. It’d be a little sick if you did it, but some really cool thing. Getting that slow down, the blood, the technology to create that blood, was very repetitive, very painful, but absolutely paid off.”
Yep, Ed Boon is very pleased with how all of the Fatalities look now.
“It makes it feel different from the last game. I love the way our Fatalities end with these kind of splash moments. They’re awesome.”
Awesome indeed, and given that the entire roster has not been revealed yet, it’s very probable that there are even more brutal Fatalities awaiting gamers. There are only 7 characters revealed so far, and who knows who else will be showing up and what brutal finishers they’ll bring to the game.
Mortal Kombat XI arrives on April 23rd.