In 2022, the first Mortal Kombat video game will turn 30. However Ed Boon (series co-creator) points out that it is 30 years since John Tobias and he created the series. To mark the occasion, Boon hopped on Twitter to share a fascinating behind-the-scenes clip of the making of Scorpion’s iconic spear move.
In 2022, Mortal Kombat turns 30. However, it will be 30 years since the original game was created. We thought it would be a great idea to celebrate by sharing some behind-the scenes material. This clip shows how we created Scorpion’s iconic (GET OVER HERE!) The spear move. (1) of 9 pic.twitter.com/3f1tdvjG9R
— Ed Boon (@noobde) October 12, 2021
Boon’s Twitter thread, which you can view in the link above, breaks down everything behind the over two-minute clip. We see Scorpion actor Daniel Pesina rehearsing the motions for the spear throw and subsequent yank as Boon and Tobias direct him on what Scorpion’s movement and posture should be, which they concoct on the fly. “We certainly did a ton of prep for our video shoots, but some ideas came to us while filming,” says Boon in the thread. “With Scorpion’s spear, it started with ‘You know what would be a cool ass move?’”
He continues by explaining, “One of those details was how fast Scorpion threw the spear, which had to be quick so he could catch opponents by surprise. This meant keeping the animation simple & very few frames. We also wanted the spear to pass over a ducking opponent, so we kept it at chest height.”
The nine-tweet thread is worth checking out for Mortal Kombat enthusiasts as Boon breaks down the challenges and tricks behind capturing animation frames using limited memory. It’s pretty awesome to be, as Boon describes, a “fly on the wall” for the creation of the series’ most famous move.
As for Mortal Kombat’s 30th birthday, there’s no telling what Netherrealm could have in store. Mortal Kombat 11 effectively concluded with the release of the Aftermath expansion and the final batch of DLC fighters. MK 12 was revealed early so could that mean another announcement for this game? Given Ed Boon’s trademark sneakiness, it should be a fun year to keep an eye on Netherrealm.
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