Boon: Way way back in 1991,
Nerdist: What’s the experience of the last 27 years of creating
Boon: It’s been amazing. We’ve gone through so many different ways of playing games. You know, we began as a cabinet that you’d play in an arcade, then we became a home game that you would play on a cartridge, then when disks and CDs got introduced, the games suddenly got bigger and you could tell this more elaborate story. But at the heart of it, it’s still
Nerdist: The game was supremely controversial when it originally come out. What’s it been like seeing that change so dramatically?
Boon: At the time I think that the controversy was because there wasn’t a rating system, and once there was a rating system put in place people were like “oh, okay it’s like an R-rated movie” or a song with explicit lyrics. You know, you just put it over here in the category of “not meant for everyone.”
Nerdist: Did you ever imagine you’d be here with a new game almost 30 years later?
Boon: Never! Never! When we did our reveal presentation [today] and people were cheering at the level they were, it literally took me aback. I had to get my bearings again and kind of thought “Oh my god, I didn’t know it was this loved.” It was amazing.
Nerdist: You voice Scorpion! How much fun as that been?
Boon: It’s fun! It’s kinda cool, I’m not a professional voice actor by any means but it’s fun to still do it, at this point it’s more of a nostalgia thing honestly.
Nerdist: Have there been any Eureka! moments when you’ve felt like you’re really pushing the boundaries of fighting games?
Boon: When we started working on this game we were exploring new kinds of graphics technology, and there’s a technique called “photogrammetry” which is basically taking photographs using surface qualities as opposed to textures. So we’ll have leather or steel or something like that, and you’re kind of painting not with digital but based on real objects and that’s been applied to this game and has really upped the ante on the realism that we’ve been able to achieve.
Nerdist: What are you most excited for fans to see in
Boon: The new story obviously is a huge one. The new fighting mechanics, it fights differently than
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