Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Street Fighter Cameo in Mortal Kombat Rejected by Capcom

A cameo by Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat series was proposed but shot down by Capcom.

Video game crossover is an idea that is most commonly adapted in fighting games and a very popular among fans. Often times they would collaborate with inter-company franchises or bring out fighters from third-party series.

There was a time when Mortal Kombat creator has requested for characters from their rival series Street Fighter to make a cameo in their brutally violent fighting title but that proposal was eventually declined by folks at Capcom.

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Street Fighter Cameo in Mortal Kombat Rejected by Capcom

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It was revealed recently in an interview with Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono that Ed Boon has reached out for a cameo appearance of a character from Capcom's fighting games into one of NetherRealm Studios' own.

People working at Capcom back then was collectively uncomfortable with the idea of Street Fighter icons like Chun-Li or Ryu getting viciously murdered by Kitana, Scorpion or Sub-Zero with a deadly "Fatality" finishing move.

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Yoshinori Ono talked details about a collaboration effort between both parties and how it fell down in the end.

It's true that a proposal for a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat was rejected by Capcom. But it wasn't me personally! There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters. I actually met Ed at the Brazil game show and spoke to him personally about it. So it's true - but I didn't make the decision!

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Characters from these two popular franchises have made a name for them within gaming industry and have appeared in many different games from other companies but they never crossed paths with each other yet.

Although their characters do not match well due to tonal differences, a possibility for future collaboration is not necessarily ruled out since they have fair share of crossover like Marvel Vs. Capcom and SNK Vs. Capcom series under their belt.

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Despite belonging to fighting games genre, both MK series and SF are popular among fans for distinct traits like addictive gameplay or gory combat moves with an established lore full of charismatic characters to back that up.

Once, both Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter games have totally dominated arcade era but that competition has cooled down when these titles found a new home in consoles to a wide range of audience from different ages.

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NetherRealm collided with Injustice franchise previously and brought heroes of DC Universe to their game. Even though it didn't work out this time, Capcom is always more than happy to work in partnership if they find something they like.

A more anime-esque world of Street Fighter would probably make not much sense in a darker world of Mortal Kombat for sure but that possibility is not completely out of the table yet as Capcom has not completely denied anything.