Ed Boon, the Creative Director of Netherrealm Studios, has said that he’s open to the idea of a Mortal Kombat Killer Instinct crossover. However, he has said that if such a thing happens, it’ll have to be Xbox exclusive. Considering that Killer Instinct is an Xbox-exclusive game, his concerns are valid. Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct are two of the original fighting games made, with the first Killer Instinct being made in 1994 while the first Mortal Kombat was released in 1992. The one game older than all of them is the very first fighting game, Street Fighter.
The possibility of a Mortal Kombat Killer Instinct crossover isn’t actually that far fetched. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was the first crossover that it was a part of, so Killer Instinct shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, especially considering that now both stories are involving cyborgs, magic, and evil demons wanting to destroy the world.
Killer Instinct is also one of the more popular free-to-play games on Xbox right now (enough that it’s getting a retail version), and Mortal Kombat X broke sales records.
@noobde Love this idea…
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 20, 2016
Ed Boon’s wish for a Mortal Kombat Killer Instinct crossover has even attracted the attention of Microsoft president Phil Spencer, who responded to Boon’s Tweet saying that he loved the idea. Considering the most recent Killer Instinct is exclusively on the Xbox One, and Mortal Kombat X is also on the Xbox One, you might not be able to keep from being curious about how over-the-top a crossover would be.
If you can imagine Shinnok fighting Gargos, Shao Khan fighting Thunder, Cassie Cage fighting Orchid, or Sub-Zero fighting Glacius, you probably aren’t alone. Both games have sassy female characters, seemingly all-powerful would-be gods, characters focused on ice, and the seemingly ultimate warrior characters: they’re both the perfect combination!
Hopefully Phil Spencer and Ed Boon can both convince NetherRealm Studios, Rare, and Xbox fans that a Mortal Kombat/Killer Instinct crossover would be a worthy addition to the canons of both games.