In a recent Twitter exchange, an ardent follower posed an intriguing question to Ed Boon, the renowned creator of Mortal Kombat. The query centred around Boon’s ultimate choice for a guest character in the celebrated fighting game franchise. Without delay, Boon provided an eagerly anticipated response, divulging his desire to witness the emergence of none other than Ryu from the illustrious Street Fighter series within a future Mortal Kombat instalment. This revelation caught fans off guard, considering Ryu’s prominence as a beloved figure in the realm of fighting games. Naturally, given the clandestine nature surrounding the reboot’s roster, it would hardly be astonishing if Boon were to successfully orchestrate Ryu’s mesmerizing inclusion as a guest fighter in the inaugural Mortal Kombat title.
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While it would be exciting to see a character from Street Fighter appear in Mortal Kombat, there is a good chance that this will not happen. The reason is that the Mortal Kombat series is just too violent in depicting characters getting beat up. And while, yes, Capcom does feature its own violence and doesn’t exactly shy away from the graphic nature of it, its style is entirely different from that of Mortal Kombat.
Ryu’s character would be subjected to the usual graphic violence seen within Boon’s game which includes ripping, shredding, and brutalizing in seemingly more creative ways each year. Essentially, this would damage Capcom’s image, and it is a surprise to no one that the possibility of this happening is low. And while yes, it would be exciting to see a crossover between two big fighting franchises like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, the differences in style are a bit unfortunate.
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Where Else Will Ryu Be Appearing?
Another reason Ryu might not appear in the Mortal Kombat series is the character’s placement on the Super Smash Bros roster. This also means that Capcom is not against loaning the character to other franchises. However, it is entirely understandable that they would be against lending the character to a rival game.
But if it were to happen, there would be great excitement at seeing Ryu up against characters such as Scorpion, considering he is one of the most popular game characters of all time.
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Aside from Ed Boon’s choice, which Street Fighter character would you like to see as a guest fighter in Mortal Kombat?