Ed Boon: “[Mortal Kombat] Represents Empowered Females More Than Almost Any Game Out There”

By Adnan Riaz – 2nd January 2015
Ed Boon: “[Mortal Kombat] Represents Empowered Females More Than Almost Any Game Out There”

Mortal Kombat X creative director Ed Boon has recently discussed the female representation of characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise.

During an interview with GamesMaster magazine, Boon was asked about his thoughts regarding the ongoing GamerGate movement — a debate that started last year surrounding ‘ethics in gaming journalism’ — and how it may relate to the female characters from the well-known series. 

“I feel like MK represents empowered females more than almost any game out there,” he said. “You know, Mileena, Kitana, Sonya, now Cassie Cage — she’s going to one of the stars of this thing [Mortal Kombat X]. So I don’t think anybody can associate Mortal Kombat with any kind of…

“Our female characters are treated exactly like our male characters, and we have a higher percentage of female characters than almost any fighting game, so I really believe that Mortal Kombat represents empowered women more than almost any game. I hold that up against almost any franchise at all.” 

GamesMaster’s January issue also confirmed that the leaked information regarding Kung Lao being the latest character to join Mortal Kombat X’s 24-character roster is true.

Meanwhile, Finnish magazine Pelaaja revealed details yesterday on the multiplayer mode and Challenge Tower in NetherRealm Studios’ Mortal Kombat X. 

Running at 1080p and 60fps, Mortal Kombat X will launch on April 14th, 2015 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Thanks to Reddit user TheJakInDaBox for providing the information from the latest issue of GamesMaster. 

  • Mr0303

    I don’t think Ed Boon is the one to bow down to censorship. Mortal Kombat has always been a controversial game – one that created the game ratings – and that is part of its charm. The insane brutality shows how out of this world our games can be.

    The female characters in MK are awesome and as Ed mentioned quite a few. Ripping out your spine regardless of gender is true equality.

  • Felix

    In terms of character design, he’s not wrong. Any exaggerated aspects don’t have to do with their sexual appeal really. Although I would be open to hear from anyone who disagrees with what he says.

  • mean while at Epic Games, they are busy making their female beefed up