I realize I’m way late to the party here, but I recently began playing Mortal Kombat XL, the beefed up version of Mortal Kombat X that’s jam-packed with all of the game’s bonus content. This means that the game has all the DLC horror characters already installed within it, including Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Predator and a Xenomorph.
As you probably already know, it’s kinda the best thing ever.
Over the course of the past several days, I’ve seen Leatherface slice up Predator with a chainsaw, a Xenomorph unleash a Face Hugger on Jason Voorhees, and I’ve even gotten to play out a fantasy battle between Predator character Dillon (the “Carl Weathers” skin is an alternate costume option for Jax) and Mortal Kombat‘s four-armed Goro.
Mortal Kombat XL has provided us with, to date, the closest we’ve come to the full-on horror icon fighting game that we’ve all spent so many years begging for. Granted, it only has four playable horror villains, but with alternate costumes (Leatherface, for example, has “Remake” and “Pretty Lady” outfits, while Predator can be masked or unmasked) and deadly moves inspired by the films, Mortal Kombat X‘s horror-heavy DLC content not only teases the sheer awesomeness that such a game could and would be packed with, but it also suggests that we’re not too far off from it becoming reality.
Keeping in mind that the previous Mortal Kombat game featured Freddy Krueger as a playable DLC character, that means MK developers NetherRealm Studios already have Freddy, Jason, Alien, Predator and Leatherface at their disposal – one hell of a head start, to say the very least. So what are the chances they expand upon those “horror packs” and replace ALL Mortal Kombat fighters with other horror characters such as Ash Williams, Chucky, Pumpkinhead and Michael Myers? And was Mortal Kombat X‘s DLC content a testing ground for such a game, the same way Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe paved the way for full-on DC fight games Injustice and Injustice 2?
According to recent comments from NetherRealm’s Ed Boon, that’s probably the case. Because Boon, as it turns out, dreams of someday making an all-horror fighting game!
“You know, as we’ve been accumulating [the horror icons], that idea has been coming up more and more frequently,” Boon told Game Informer last year, when asked if he’d be interested in making a fighting game featuring horror villains and only horror villains. “You brought it up and a few other people have brought it up like ‘why don’t you do a horror movie fighting game?’ Maybe one day we’ll do it.”
Fan-made game TerrorDrome, like Mortal Kombat XL, shows just how much potential there is for such a game, which could incorporate storylines and backdrops from our favorite horror movies into the fights between our favorite horror icons. Just imagine making Ash and Jason fight at the infamous Evil Dead cabin. Picture a battle between Freddy and Jaws out in the depths of the ocean. Or how about an epic clash between Pinhead and Pumpkinhead, down in the fiery depths of Hell? The possibilities are endless. Each one cooler than the last.
Thanks to Mortal Kombat XL, Friday the 13th: The Game and Dead by Daylight, we are currently living in a golden age for horror icons in the video game space. It wasn’t all that long ago that none of horror’s icons had their own modern day games, but in the blink of an eye, we can now play as Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael and many others.
It would seem that an all-horror fighting game from NetherRealm is the next logical progression of the trend. It would seem it’s only a matter of time.
For all we know, it could already be in the works…