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NetherRealm Wanted Xbox 360 Exclusive Fighter For Mortal Kombat, But...

Developers mum about what kept them from making it happen.

The PS3 version of Mortal Kombat has a special character: God of War’s colorful anti-hero, Kratos. The fury-filled Spartan (obviously) doesn’t appear in the Xbox 360 version, but the platform doesn't have its own exclusive fighter, either. But it’s not like Ed Boon and the rest of NetherRealm didn’t think about it.

"I'm not allowed to talk too much about it, but I can tell you we certainly wanted to do an exclusive for 360, but that's all I can say,” Boon told Eurogamer in a recent interview. “It was not a decision we made where we said, oh, let's not do one for the 360,” he said. 
  

  
According to Boon, “circumstances” got in the way of an exclusive. Whether those were licensing issues or other contractual problems, it’s hard to say because Boon won't actually say. 

NetherRealm did at least get into some form of discussion stage about what kind of dudes they’d like to bring into the Xbox 360 version. “Anybody who's really knowledgeable about the Xbox video games, the big titles, names like Master Chief from Halo, Marcus Fenix from Gears of War, and any other Xbox exclusive title, is going to come up in a conversation in talking about it. So clearly we've discussed it."

Team Ninja famously wanted to get Master Chief in its fighting game Dead or Alive 4. Instead of giving it Chief, Bungie created and then allowed Team Ninja to drop put a female, Chief-ish variant named Nicole into the game.

The good news here is the omission of Kratos in the Xbox 360 version is pretty moot. Jeff scored Mortal Kombat, which is debuting on store shelves today, a perfect five-out-of-five-stars in his review. 
  

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Posted by BradNicholson

The PS3 version of Mortal Kombat has a special character: God of War’s colorful anti-hero, Kratos. The fury-filled Spartan (obviously) doesn’t appear in the Xbox 360 version, but the platform doesn't have its own exclusive fighter, either. But it’s not like Ed Boon and the rest of NetherRealm didn’t think about it.

"I'm not allowed to talk too much about it, but I can tell you we certainly wanted to do an exclusive for 360, but that's all I can say,” Boon told Eurogamer in a recent interview. “It was not a decision we made where we said, oh, let's not do one for the 360,” he said. 
  

  
According to Boon, “circumstances” got in the way of an exclusive. Whether those were licensing issues or other contractual problems, it’s hard to say because Boon won't actually say. 

NetherRealm did at least get into some form of discussion stage about what kind of dudes they’d like to bring into the Xbox 360 version. “Anybody who's really knowledgeable about the Xbox video games, the big titles, names like Master Chief from Halo, Marcus Fenix from Gears of War, and any other Xbox exclusive title, is going to come up in a conversation in talking about it. So clearly we've discussed it."

Team Ninja famously wanted to get Master Chief in its fighting game Dead or Alive 4. Instead of giving it Chief, Bungie created and then allowed Team Ninja to drop put a female, Chief-ish variant named Nicole into the game.

The good news here is the omission of Kratos in the Xbox 360 version is pretty moot. Jeff scored Mortal Kombat, which is debuting on store shelves today, a perfect five-out-of-five-stars in his review. 
  

Edited by Floope

yay

Edited by peligroy2k

Money got under the way!!!!

Posted by KarlPilkington

Hey what has it got to do with their mothers!?

Posted by bhhawks78

It clearly was the warner brothers movies and 3d ties to Sony with co marketing dollars.  Not sure why this is some big mystery.

Edited by PhatSeeJay

Commander Shepard joined EA?
Not that I care about an "exclusive" character for the 360 version, but I still think it would have been awesome to use my xboxlive avatar.

Posted by SSully

I think Marcus could have been a pretty good addition to MK. Damn shame for 360 owners that nothing ever came of it.

Posted by onlineatron

Warners Bros. signing a deal with Sony, probably. 

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Posted by Pixeldemon

Microsoft wasn't comfortable with people seeing Master Chief's innards dripping all over the screen.

Posted by Heartagram

Nice to see him finally comment on this. Seemed like they really did want to give us something but they couldn't announce it because that hadn't locked it down yet = {

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Hopefully now the 360 fanboys will shut up about how this. Don't worry guys, I'm sure you'll have something silly to hold over the heads of PS3 fanboys at some point in the future. 


But as someone who will (eventually) get the PS3 version, I am fine with this. 
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Posted by AmericanNinja

ummm who cares?

Posted by Y2Ken

Man Marcus Fenix could have been a good one, or maybe the Cole Train. Not sure how they'd fight, but damn those chainsaws would make for some lovely fatalities.

Edited by soupbones

I was really hoping X360 would get a realistic-looking grizzly bear (Banjo) with a dead bird (Kazooie) tied around it's neck.

That would have made my eyeballs explode in my head.

Posted by Terranova

It's a shame that the 360 didn't get a exclusive character although to be honest i can't really think of one that would fit the MK universe, Kratos at least looks and feels like he belongs, i can't think of a 360 only character that would fit like that.

Posted by C0V3RT

I always thought characters making a cameo in fighting games were kind of dumb and feel super out of place...

Posted by ronindrummer200

So, there may still be a chance for Banjo to make it in?

Posted by Bestostero

Awesome game.@bhhawks78 said:

" It clearly was the warner brothers movies and 3d ties to Sony with co marketing dollars.  Not sure why this is some big mystery. "
Agreed.
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@C0V3RT said:

" I always thought characters making a cameo in fighting games were kind of dumb and feel super out of place... "

and Kratos seems like the most logical fit yet he still seems out of place imo.  The stage is pretty kewl tho.
Posted by Scottish_Sin

Doesn't really bother me. The 360 gets a lot of exclusives so it's about time the PS3 got one.

Posted by soupbones

Kratos starts with a "K"

Posted by Agent47
@MooseyMcMan: Kind of a dick statement don't you think?
Posted by MJHAYLETT

Sony are more 'open' to these kinds of things whereas MS are generally tight in all area's! See the PS3/PC Portal 2 compatability - no reason why the 360 can't other than MS want it closed as possible.

Posted by 234r2we232

Novelty console specific characters are the bane of video games. Thank God MK is trying to bring it back :/

Posted by Aleryn

Too bad they couldn't get a Halo-Spartan in there.  Someone from Gears would be alright too.  Or how about Default Shepard from Mass Effect?

Posted by Leptok

Whoa, why is my wife there at the end?

Posted by Zippedbinders

I still think they should have cut a deal with Microsoft and Rare and put a Killer Instinct character in.

Posted by Coldbrand

A spartan would of been stupid. Maybe Ryu Hayubasa? Anything but a dumbass inbred shooter "character".

Posted by Rebirth1337

And I bet the 360 version gets them more money anyway. 

Posted by theveej

nice to hear that they at least  tried to add someone, oh well business is business. 


I would have liked to see either marcus fenix, cole train, arbiter,  ryu hayabusa ........ and the obvious best choice  HK-47  (DUDE IS A KILLER ROBOT, MK  HAS KILLER ROBOTS = MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN)
Posted by Nomin

They were too busy counting the money Sony gave them to bother with an X360 character. No big loss, really. 

Posted by LiquidSwords

Posted by jozzy
@Rebirth1337 said:
" And I bet the 360 version gets them more money anyway.  "
Would be funny if true. I always thought MK was most popular in North America, so the whole Sony exclusivity seems a little weird.
Posted by frythefly

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Maybe back when Midway and Epic were together and we had MK dudes in UT we would have seen Fenix in a Stryker-esque role with a chainsaw fatality, but since MK is alone in NetherRealm, the chances were pretty low.  Frankly, Kratos works well for MK, the 360 options are kind of slim, although Alan Wake or Banjo Kazooie would be a trip.

Posted by S0ndor

Jeff scored Mortal Kombat? Wow ;)

Posted by Doobie_Wop
@Rebirth1337:  Actually,  all multi-platform fighting games have historically sold better on the PS3. Even MK vs DC sold better on the PS3, I don't see that changing any time soon with the next Mortal Kombat game.

Article: It's obvious that it's a contractual issue, Sony and Warner have made deals and Microsoft haven't got the pulling power to change that, I'm sure we'll see something similar with Arkham City, kind of like the Joker add on in the last game. Third Party content exclusivity is the new game now, Microsoft have Activision and THQ, Sony have Warner, EA and 2K.
Posted by I_smell
@theveej said:
"and the obvious best choice  HK-47
"
Y'know this hole time I've bin saying there is no good Xbox guy who'd fit into Mortal Kombat...  but that could kinda work.
Posted by endaround

Major Nelson just wouldn't render right

Posted by bybeach
@Pixeldemon said:
"Microsoft wasn't comfortable with people seeing Master Chief's innards dripping all over the screen. "


I supect this and the general idea MS didn't have anyone they wanted to sacrifice to losing hardcore. Could have been Gen Ram, or especially come to think, that double chainsaw on-a-stick bad guy in Gears of war 2, In fact he had an excellent weapon.to flash out and was more a melee fighter. But maybe for story reasons that would not work, either.

 

Or perhaps it was just money...

Posted by Hailinel

Actually, they wanted Blinx, but as a fighter he completely breaks the game.

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Posted by ONI5

It's a a shame though.  Since MS owns3 fighting game  franchise s.  Killer  Instinct, Tao Feng and Kakuto Chojin
Posted by Sanious

Once again, exclusive console stuff is dumb. It's a shame money matters most, rather then the fans.

Posted by Gabriel

I think the single biggest reason there is no xbox character ,besides Sony paying WB, is no First party character Microsoft has "fits" for the game. When your dropping names like General Ramm and Blinx ,only half joking,  there is a problem. 

Posted by Rising_ixa

I would of liked carmine to of been the exclusive seeing as he is kind of a expendable character in the Gears series, what ever reason it is at least we have another MK game out on the market and we can save some moolah by not having to buy both version...AKA soul caliber 2...that killed my wallet back in the day

Posted by WinterSnowblind
@MooseyMcMan said:
" Hopefully now the 360 fanboys will shut up about how this. Don't worry guys, I'm sure you'll have something silly to hold over the heads of PS3 fanboys at some point in the future. 

But as someone who will (eventually) get the PS3 version, I am fine with this. 
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Why does it just have to be the fanboys?

What about the fact they purposefully mislead their fans and only announced this now that the game has been released?  Even though I'll likely get the game on the PS3, this is really disgraceful behaviour that we shouldn't see from any publisher.  Own a 360 or not, I don't see why you'd be happy with the way they've handled the whole situation. 
Posted by MooseyMcMan
@WinterSnowblind: I'll admit that I haven't fully kept up with what they've been saying about the game, but I don't think they ever outright lied about it, and I'm pretty sure they never really made any comments that would lead people to believe that there was going to be a 360 exclusive character. I know Ed Boon said something about 360 players being "happy with their purchase" or something. 

And I don't really see how getting paid by Sony to have another character is disgraceful. It's capitalism. Sony saw their chance to get some extra copies sold for their system, and they took it. 
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Posted by WinterSnowblind
@MooseyMcMan: No, they never outright lied but Ed Boon himself as well as several WB reps have made numerous comments about how the 360 will be getting something (not just the one remark about how "everyone will be happy") and at one point even said that the 360 will have an exclusive of some sort, even if it's a stage or a mode.  They may have simply been referring to the avatars here, but that's even more of a slap in the face and the fact they've only come out and said 'no' for definite after the game is released is really insulting.

Like I said, I'm a multisystem owner and I never expected the 360 to get someone, so it doesn't really bother me..  I just find their behaviour over the matter to be really disgraceful and I feel like these companies are trying to bribe me into buying one version of the game over another at this point.  Exclusive content and pre-order DLC needs to die.
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I won't to see Kratos and Master Chief go at it.

Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497
@WinterSnowblind said:
"Exclusive content and pre-order DLC needs to die. "
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