Ed Boon, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat, recently detailed the origins of the blood-soaked series’ most iconic voice line. The intense fighting game franchise began back in 1992, and since then it has maintained its status as one of the fighting game genre’s most popular installments. Series co-creator Ed Boon is quite prominent on social media, engaging with fans and expressing opinions such as his desire to see a sequel to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Ed Boon has been a pillar of the Mortal Kombat franchise since its very inception, having worked as a designer and programmer on the original 1992 title. Along with artist John Tobias, Boon is regarded as a co-creator of the franchise and continues to work as the director of its most recent releases such as 2015’s Mortal Kombat X and 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11. Boon and Tobias have left an unmistakable mark on the series; for instance, the name of the shadowy ninja fighter Noob Saibot consists of both of their last names spelled backwards. Boon is also fond of giving behind-the-scenes information about the series on social media, with interesting tidbits such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer guest appearances which never came to fruition.
In a multi-part post on Twitter, Ed Boon revealed the interesting origins behind Mortal Kombat‘s iconic “Get over here!” voice line. The demonically deep growl is uttered by Scorpion, a fighter considered to be the series mascot, when he launches a barbed rope at enemies and drags them towards him. Due to the first installment’s small budget, Boon used his own voice for a number of the game’s characters, including Scorpion and Liu Kang. The “Get over here!” line became synonymous with Scorpion, so Boon continued to read the line in each subsequent installment. In 2010 he was even added to the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest serving video game voice actor, having performed the line for 18 years at the time.
As the franchise’s current director, Ed Boon has brought Mortal Kombat into the modern age and maintained its status as a fighting game juggernaut. Mortal Kombat 11 was launched in 2019, but post-launch support for the game just recently ended in July 2021. However, rumors suggest that Mortal Kombat 12 is already in development at NetherRealm Studios. While the developer also creates the DC Comics-based Injustice fighting game franchise, some believe that the team will head right into the next round of Mortal Kombat.
Scorpion’s “Get over here!” voice line is among the most recognizable parts of the Mortal Kombat franchise, right along with Fatalities and its colorful cast of playable characters. By providing the voice for this intense battle cry, Ed Boon has ensured that he holds an irremovable piece in both the series’ success and history. His performance stemmed from budget constrains, but it has grown to become a beloved Mortal Kombat staple.
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