There was a point in recent history when a potential crossover could have taken place between the Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat franchises. However, the idea was rejected by Capcom due to various reasons.
Speaking with Eurogamer in a recent interview, producer Yoshinori Ono revealed that NetherRealm Studios was the one to make first contact. The proposition was to have a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat, something that creative director Ed Boon has publicly wished for several times in recent years.
Mortal Kombat has a tradition of having guest characters from different universes. Many fighting fans have been hoping to see one of their favorite Street Fighter characters decapitating others in Mortal Kombat. Capcom, though, thought that such a crossover wouldn’t be a “good fit” and hence, rejected the proposition.
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.
The news is likely to disappoint the fighting game community. Ono wants to make it crystal clear that he wasn’t the one to say no. He even spoke with Boon personally about the matter and relayed why certain licensing issues are a subject of concern for the upper echelons at Capcom.
That’s not saying the company isn’t in for crossover projects. Capcom has done a crossover for Street Fighter multiple times in the past with Marvel, Tekken, and Tatsunoko. Ono noted that colliding universes always has potential. It just didn’t work out in the case of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
According to Ono, Capcom will take a step forward when “something feels good”. It’s possible that Capcom didn’t want to see Street Fighter characters get all bloodied up in Mortal Kombat. Case in point, the crossover between Mortal Kombat and DC had none of those gruesome fatalities.
Mortal Kombat 11, the latest installment in the franchise, is one of the best-selling games of 2019. Street Fighter 5, also the latest installment, had to recover from a rocky launch and search for greener pastures. In that regard, Capcom has no plans to relinquish content support for Street Fighter 5, at least not yet. Following nearly three years of multiple expansion and add-on packs, the developer still has something up its sleeve.
Two new characters are going to be announced soon, one this month and the other in the next. In addition, there’s new content on the way as well, including plenty of cosmetics.