The possibility of a crossover between Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter certainly sounds alluring, but one which carries stern complications.
The Mortal Kombat name is synonymous with blood and gore, set in a dark alternative dimension comprised of terrifying warriors that routinely decapitate foes or tear out limbs at a moment’s notice. Then you have Street Fighter, a franchise that stands in complete contrast.
Both are iconic fighting brands that have been around for decades, but are much like black and white on a color palette. For a crossover to happen, one must kneel in front of the other. Either Capcom signs off on its fighters dismembering their opponents or NetherRealm Studios accepts to restrict its warriors to forego fatal attacks. In both scenarios, one game must lose its prime identity.
Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series and creative director at NetherRealm Studios, finds the subject of a crossover exciting. However, it is something that will fail to live up to expectations and disappoint fans on both sides.
“There’s part of me that’s like, ‘That would be such a cool dream,’ and then there’s another part of me that goes, ‘There’s no way would that satisfy everybody,'” he told IGN in a recent interview.
That being said, Boon will always be willing to “entertain” the idea if Capcom ever approached the developer. At the end of the day, though, “one of the licenses is going to have to sacrifice something”.
In the past, the crossover possibilities resulted in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and Tekken x Street Fighter. The latter worked well because both, in a way, are set in the same setting. The former, however, was an abysmal experience. If anything, it proved that Mortal Kombat cannot survive crossovers where it has to adhere to the parental rating system.
NetherRealm Studios is currently working on Injustice 2, which is scheduled to release on May 16 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Capcom, on the other hand, is busy with the second season of Street Fighter V. Suffice to say, the developer’s hands are full with a community that is quickly losing interest in the game. Capcom is also working on the upcoming release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.