Back in 1992, Midway Games launched the first entry of what would become one of the most celebrated fighting game franchises ever. Now, 25 years later (give or take a few days) Midway’s successor, NetherRealm Studios, is paying tribute to Mortal Kombat.
Launched in arcades on October 8, 1992, Mortal Kombat went on to become a one of the most influential video games — not just among fighting games, but among games in general. The game’s controversial violence led to the eventual creation of a ratings system for games, now run by the ESRB. The same over-the-top action and violence, alongside a plethora of secrets, bonuses, and more, had kept the series alive in the hearts and minds of gamers, even if some installments failed to catch the same competitive traction as other franchises.
The video below celebrates all of that, and includes excerpts from some of the creative team at NRS such as John Vogel, Carlos Pesina, Steve Beran, Tony Coskie, Dan Forden, and of course, Ed Boon.
Now, the description for the video says that there’s more to come — so expect more from NetherRealm as they celebrate 25 years of this classic series.
Source: NetherRealm Studios