Mortal Kombat developers look back on 25 years of bone-shattering fighting game supremacy


The Mortal Kombat series is now 25 years old, and both fans and developers alike are celebrating its legacy with a video running down some of its special moments. It’s quite a milestone to be celebrating.

The three-minute clip features interviews with Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat and creative director of Chicago-based NetherRealm Studios, as well as other people from the development team. There’s a lot of nostalgic fun to get lost in here as the team runs down the storied history of the game and the highlights of its release back in its heyday.

Boon recalled how one year after the first game released in arcades, it became a “cultural phenomenon” when it launched for home consoles. Players huddled around the machines to get their turn at the bloody brawler. It’s still just as bloody 25 years later, and it’s only getting better.

“The continued support for 25 years has driven our team,” Boon said, interspersed between gory fatalities, thanking fans for continuing to play the games and supporting the franchise all this time. There’s a very strong indicator that there’s more to come from the ridiculously popular fighting games, so hopefully there’s a new title in the making, or perhaps a spinoff.

In the meantime, you can pick up and enjoy Fighter Pack 2 in Injustice 2, which just added lightning god Raiden to its ranks, as well as his Premiere Skin that allows him to fully transform into Black Lightning. Injustice 2, directed by Ed Boon, is the next best thing to a new Mortal Kombat title if you’ve exhausted everything Mortal Combat X has to offer.