Ed Boon from Mortal Kombat shows original video capture of Scorpion from 1992

Like everyone else, Ed Boon seems to be nostalgic for Mortal Kombat. Boon, who helped create the franchise nearly 30 years ago, recently posted a series of information-filled tweets about Scorpion’s legendary hook attack, with motion-capture footage dating back to 1992.

Boon posted the video on his Twitter on Tuesday. He says that even though Mortal Kombat will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2022, Boon says development of the game began 30 years ago in 1991. Boon shared the video to celebrate and commented on how spontaneous the video recordings were.

“We certainly did a lot of preparation for our video recordings, but we came up with some ideas during filming,” Boon said. “With Scorpion’s spear, he started with ‘You know what a cool move would be?’ From there, it can be a fly on the wall and see us working on the details. “

Boon continued to respond to his tweets and spoke about the difficulties of saving memory so that the game can fit on the chips that were available in the 90s.

“We were so tight on memory that we didn’t even capture any movement for the victim’s reactions,” Boon wrote. “Instead, we borrow from their existing animation frames. You can hear us talking about reusing one of the victim’s ‘knockdown’ animations when they are initially hit by the spear.”

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Boon said in his last tweet on the thread that he wants to share more videos in anticipation of the Mortal Kombat anniversary.

Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios announced in July that they have stopped developing DLC ​​for the newest game in the series, 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11, and will be developing a new game. Boon is scheduled to speak at the DC FanDome on Saturday, which could possibly be the announcement of the new game.

Mortal Kombat 11 is the best-selling game in the franchise with 12 million units sold. The franchise has surpassed 73 million copies sold on consoles and more than 138 million downloads of Mortal Kombat Mobile in 2015.

Every IGN Mortal Kombat review

IGN’s Mortal Kombat 11 review praised everything about the game, except for its “grindy” way of unlocking new content: “Everything from its deep, methodical combat to its fantastically absurd story mode and rock-solid network code. , even his extraordinarily comprehensive tutorial is absolutely exceptional. Only when you step into his long progression does he stumble. “

Mortal Kombat 11 was to be played at the 2021 Evo Showcase in person, but the event was recently canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.