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Mortal Kombat needs to innovate for next game, says Ed Boon

on 6 September 2012

Mortal Kombat big cheese Ed Boon has revealed that the next entry in the venerable beat-‘em-up series must bring plenty of new ideas to the table.

Speaking with CVG, Boon, co-creator of the series alongside John Tobias, suggested that simply adding new characters to the roster of the next game won’t be enough, and that innovation is more crucial.

“Just philosophically, I don't think we could take the approach of doing the same thing but adding new characters in our next Mortal Kombat game," he said.

"We definitely want to do something new with it, we feel we have to introduce something into the mix."

Developer NetherRealm is currently working on a new title by the name of Injustice: Gods Among Us, with development of a new Mortal Kombat title yet to begin.

However, Boon went on to indicate that the next game will appear on next-generation consoles, believing releasing a sequel on current systems would forgo the chance to offer fresh ideas.

"If you introduce another edition of your game on the same console, you cannot provide a radically different experience," explained Boon.

"I'm sure, if we were to do a new Mortal Kombat game on next generation systems, I think we would be able to provide dramatically different experiences."

Above all however, Boon wants to avoid simply rehashing the same ideas with each iteration, noting that doing so will impede upon sales over time.

"I'm a big fan of fighting games, but some of them I've seen are just a re-skin of the same game with much prettier graphics and new characters," added Boon.

"Effectively it just delivers the same experience, and over the course of time these games sell less and less and less and less. I think you need to offer something that hasn't been done before. Like with Injustice, no one has done what we're doing with the game's backgrounds, and I think that's a big part of why it will appeal to fans."

Injustice: Gods Among Us is due out in 2013.